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Mentor Deer Hunts

This year the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host mentor deer hunts at Black Prarie Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lowndes County on October 5 and Pearl River WMA in Madison County on November 2. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older who are first-time or inexperienced hunters. Applications will be accepted August 1-15. Hunters who are chosen will be notified by email and must have completed the online portion of the Hunter’s Education Class before the hunt.

This program pairs veteran hunters with first-time hunters to educate first-time hunters through a series of engaging activities that cover a range of topics including firearm safety, woodsman skills, and strategies for a successful hunt. In addition, each participant will have range time to help begin their hunting adventures. This hunt will not only introduce the first-time hunter to hunting but also to the opportunities available on our WMAs.


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