|Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp Announced|
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is partnering with Ducks Unlimited and many volunteers to host the MDWFP Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp. The camp’s mission is to recruit and retain waterfowl hunters and increase support for wetland conservation and waterfowl hunting.
|Apply Now for the Trim Cane WMA Youth Waterfowl Hunt|
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now accepting applications for the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt on Trim Cane Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
|Late Season Dove Hunting Opportunity Approaching|
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks wants to remind hunters that the third and final segment of Mississippi’s dove season is quickly approaching.
|Youth Squirrel Hunting Opportunity Available at Natchez State Park (1)|
JACKSON – Youth hunters will have an opportunity to hunt squirrels on Natchez State Park during February 2014. Natchez State Park, located off Highway 61 in Adams County, also provides limited deer and turkey hunts through permit drawings each year. This is the second year that the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has allowed youth squirrel hunting on the park. The dense hardwood forests at Natchez State Park provide excellent habitat and hunting for squirrels.
|Mississippi’s State Lakes and Parks Offer Accommodations for Hunters|
JACKSON – Each year thousands of anglers and campers take advantage of the many convenient and affordable overnight accommodations offered at Mississippi’s state lakes and parks. Hunters should also take advantage of these conveniences when making plans for a hunting trip. State lakes and parks are located in each region of the state and offer RV hook ups, primitive camping sites, and cabins near Wildlife Management Areas, National Forests, and National Wildlife Refuges. Whether you are looking to stay nearby for your early morning hunt or desiring to also enjoy the scenic views and a campfire with friends and family, state lakes and parks can definitely enhance your hunting trip.
|Primitive Weapon Season for Deer Opens December 2|
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Deer Program reminds hunters the statewide Primitive Weapons Season for deer opens Monday, December 2 and runs through Sunday, December 15. Antlerless deer and zone-legal bucks are eligible for harvest. Hunters may take both an antlerless deer and a legal buck within the same day.
|Waterfowl Habitat Improvements Continue at Tuscumbia WMA|
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks resumed work in October 2013 to improve waterfowl habitat on Tuscumbia Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
|Quail Season Opens Thanksgiving Day (1)|
JACKSON – Mississippi’s statewide bobwhite quail hunting season will open November 28, 2013 and close March 1, 2014. The daily bag limit is eight quail. Several public lands around the state offer quail hunting opportunities, but hunters should be prepared to put in some time to find birds.
|Museum Merriment at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (1)|
Make merry memories this season at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! “Join us for family holiday fun from interactive Creature Features with live animals to hands-on crafting and unique shopping,” explains Charles Knight, museum director.
|Thirteen Public Lakes Receive Crappie Stockings|
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked over 126,000 Magnolia Crappie and 147,500 White Crappie into 13 public lakes across the state. White crappie were stocked into Eagle Lake in Warren County and Bee Lake in Holmes County. Magnolia Crappie were stocked into 10 of MDWFP’s smaller state fishing and state park lakes.
|Bluegill Stocked into Delta Oxbow Lakes|
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked Coppernose Bluegill into two Delta oxbow lakes. Approximately 179,000 fish were stocked into Bee Lake, an oxbow lake in Holmes County that is still recovering from extensive flooding during 2011. Moon Lake, a 2,300 acre lake located in Coahoma County, received 104,000 Bluegill.
|Planting of Wildlife Openings Affected on U.S. Forest Service WMAs|
JACKSON – Management of permanent openings is an important component of managing habitat for wildlife. These openings may be planted for cool season or warm season food plots or simply maintained in early successional vegetation. The intensity in which the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks manages wildlife openings on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) is impacted by factors such as land ownership and the wildlife species of management emphasis. Some WMAs are owned by the MDWFP. Many are managed under memoranda of understanding with the U.S. Forest Service or private corporations. Others are operated through long-term license agreements with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
|White-tailed Deer Gun Season Opens November 23|
JACKSON – Mississippi’s white-tailed deer hunting season with guns opens November 23 and runs through December 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include antlerless deer and legal bucks on private lands and legal bucks on open public lands.
|Squirrel Season Begins with a Bang on Pascagoula River Basin WMAs|
JACKSON – Hunters in Squirrel Zone 3 had the opportunity to kick off squirrel season two weeks early by making a trip to their local Wildlife Management Area (WMA). While private land squirrel season in Zone 3 opened on October 26, the season on WMAs in this zone began October 12.
|Public Lakes Receive Redear Sunfish|
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) last week stocked Redear Sunfish into four public water bodies around the state. Approximately 46,000 Redear Sunfish were stocked into Neshoba County Lake, a state fishing lake near Philadelphia. The lake within the Charlie Capps Wildlife Management Area, located in Bolivar County, received 2,500 Redear Sunfish, and the lake at Tombigbee State Park, near Tupelo, received 4,500 fish. In addition, 600 Redear Sunfish were stocked into the ponds at Olive Branch City Park in Desoto County.
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