Habitat and Predator Management

Video: Introduction to Habitat and Predator Management Month

Wednesday, February 01, 2017
From MDWFP


"The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has an 80 year plus history of conservation success. Their mission statement is to conserve and enhance Mississippi's Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, provide quality outdoor recreation, and engage the public in natural resource conservation.

Abundant wildlife populations do not happen by chance. It takes commitment and knowledgeable management to consistently produce great outdoor experiences. In the month of February, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will begin a targeted campaign to engage the state's hunters, landowners, and conservationists in active wildlife management.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is committed to arming the state's sportsmen and women with the knowledge they need to manage habitat and predation in such ways to produce world class hunting here in the magnolia state.

Their vision is to created a unified effort between hunters, landowners, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, and its partner organizations on the importance of habitat and predatory management. They believe like I believe that the state's deer, turkey, and other game populations can only be increased if all those who treasure them come engaged in active management.

You know, whether it is raccoons, or coyotes, or whatever it is, wild hogs, you don't have to be an expert trapper to get started in managing your wildlife. I learned what little bit I know about trapping off YouTube. You can learn it off of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks website. You can join the Mississippi Trappers Association.  Just about any place that you buy trapping supplies, they have a starter's kit. That's what I bought; I bought the starter's kit and started watching YouTube, and I've been trapping coyotes and everything else ever since. And to be honest with you, it's kind of become an obsession. It's almost more fun than hunting, and the bottom line is we need to do it.

It used to be popular back in the day, lots of people trapped, lots of people sold hides. You know, if you want to trap, but you don't know what to do with a coyote or you don't know what to do with a coon, find a trapper. Trust me, they will take the hides from you. But the learning curve you go through is part of the fun. It's just like hunting sometimes, only better." 




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