2015 Youth Participation Initiative
Seven youth squirrel hunts will be held throughout Mississippi on
Saturday, February 6, 2016. These hunts were developed to introduce
youth ages 10 - 15 to hunting and conservation and youth should
find the hunt to be exciting and rewarding. The events are provided
by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
(MDWFP), Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi State
University Extension Service, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, and the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at no cost to participants.
During the one-day events, youth participants will be exposed to
principles of hunting and firearms safety, squirrel hunting with
dogs, and the daily life of squirrels and their habitats. Best of
all, youth participants will have the opportunity to participate in
a squirrel hunt!
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The Archery in Mississippi Schools Program, better known as
"AIMS," is a program designed to introduce 4th - 12th graders to
the sport of archery during their Physical Education class.
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Fishing Rodeos introduce participants to fishing and recruit them
to be responsible, licensed anglers and good stewards of our
aquatic environment. Events feature edcuational
activities focusing on fish, fishing, and environmental
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All persons born after January 1, 1972 are required to complete a
hunter education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting
license. The hunter education course includes 10 hours of
instruction, including range firing. Students must be at least 10
years of age to participate and must pass a written exam and
complete a firing exercise to be certified as having completed the
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MS Museum of Natural Science
The Museum's education team draws from their diverse backgrounds
in education and research as they share the Museum's resources with
visitors and through outreach efforts. For schools across the
state, they distribute instructional materials and present
hands-on, interactive educational programs and teacher training
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Youth Participation Initiative Grants
The YPI Grant Program provides funding for the purpose of
educating children in the areas of hunting, fishing, conservation,
and safety. The MDWFP encourages applicants to focus on the
education, recruitment, or retention of youth in the areas listed
above or in any safety issues arising from the areas of hunting,
fishing, or conservation.
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Other Youth Opportunities