MDWFP Youth Programs
2019 Youth Participation Initiative Squirrel Hunt
Seven youth squirrel hunts will be held throughout Mississippi on Saturday, February 9, 2019. 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!
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 educational activities focusing on fish, fishing, and environmental concerns.
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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 course.
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MS Museum of Natural Science Educational Programs
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 workshops.
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Youth Participation Initiative Grants (YPI)
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
- Boy Scouts
- Girl Scouts
- 4-H Shooting Sports
- NWTF JAKES
- Southern Outdoors Unlimited Super Hunt - Deer Hunt for Youth with Disabilities