1/30/2019 2:57:30 PM
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind hunters that all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the final youth waterfowl hunting day of the season on February 2. Adults are encouraged to take a youth (under the age of 16) out to enjoy Mississippi’s waterfowl hunting during this special opportunity. Recent reports indicate waterfowl numbers are increasing, likely due to the winter storm moving across the country.
“It is important to MDWFP that Mississippi waterfowl hunters share their passion for hunting with our future hunters. State waterfowl stamp sales provide funds to accomplish important waterfowl management work like wetland enhancements and habitat restoration projects,” said MDWFP Waterfowl Program Coordinator Houston Havens. “This late-season youth day allows an opportunity to experience waterfowl hunting when bird numbers are typically at or near their peak for the season.”
Waterfowl regulations and bag limits for the youth waterfowl hunting day will be the same as during the regular waterfowl season; however, youth hunters are exempt from purchasing a hunting license, WMA user permit, and duck stamps. Non-toxic shot and shotguns holding no more than three shells must still be used. Youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult who is licensed to hunt waterfowl in Mississippi, and adults are not allowed to harvest waterfowl during the youth hunt. Before hunting public lands, hunters are reminded to check the specific regulations and maps for the area they plan to hunt.
For more information regarding waterfowl in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl or call us at (601) 432-2199. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.