Press Releases

Breeding Duck Populations Still High in 2016

JACKSON – The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service, along with other partner organizations, recently completed their annual waterfowl breeding population and habitat surveys on the breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canadian provinces. These surveys monitor waterfowl populations and critical wetland habitat conditions, which are directly related to the number of birds which will head south during the fall and winter.

Fish Kills Possible Following Tropical-Like Storm

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists in Southwest Mississippi anticipate potential fish kill reports following the tropical-like system that caused extensive flooding in the region.

Golden Memorial State Park Youth Fishing

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Golden Memorial State Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 27. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Prescribed Burning Program Accepting Applications

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Wildlife Mississippi, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Mississippi Forestry Commission and others to provide cost-share for prescribed burning on private lands. Since its inception in 2011, the “Fire on the Forty” program has provided cost-share funding for prescribed burning on more than 47,000 acres in north and south Mississippi.

Feeding Alligators is Illegal

JACKSON – Feeding alligators is illegal in Mississippi. Feeding alligators will condition wild alligators to associate humans and human activity with a source of food. The results can be very dangerous especially when unaware people are near a body of water where alligators have been fed.

Dove Hunting Opportunity Offered in Kemper, Pearl River, and Webster Counties

JACKSON -Through its Private Land Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has partnered with private landowners to provide dove fields in Kemper, Pearl River, and Webster counties, and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase on each field.

WMA Youth Dove Hunting Opportunities

JACKSON – Dove hunting is an excellent opportunity to introduce youth to hunting and shooting sports. The social atmosphere of dove hunting also introduces youth to the experience of the hunting camp tradition and creates special memories with family and friends. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is providing unique hunting opportunities for youth on our Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). This year there will be two youth dove hunts held on Black Prairie and Mahannah WMAs.

Deer and Early Teal Hunting Applications Available August 1

JACKSON – Beginning August 1, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will accept draw permit applications for deer and early season teal on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws. All hunters (including under 16, over 65, and handicap) applying for a WMA draw hunt must possess a current valid WMA Permit or a Lifetime Hunting License to apply for a WMA Draw Hunt. After purchasing or renewing your license you must wait 24 hours until you can apply.

B.B. King Museum’s “Art of Living Smart” Students to Visit MDWFP's Science Museum

JACKSON— On July 22, 2016, eighty children from the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center’s “The Art of Living Smart” program will visit the MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science (Science Museum) in Jackson! The students will enjoy a Creature Feature with Conservation Educator Corey Wright and tour the museum. The idea for the tour sprang from a recent visit by Science Museum staff to the B.B. King Museum in which staff discussed opportunities to partner and promote one another.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Bear Pen Park

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Bear Pen Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Tallaha District Cub Scout

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Roosevelt State Park

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Roosevelt State Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Proposed Nuisance Animal Rule Withdrawn

JACKSON – Today the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks at a Special Meeting voted to withdraw proposed rule changes to 40 Miss. Admin. Code, Part 2, Rule 7.1 General Regulation for the Taking of Nuisance Animals. Therefore, this rule will not be an agenda item for discussion on July 20, 2016.

Alligator Hunting Permits To Go On Sale July 19

JACKSON – Alligator hunting in Mississippi is by special permit only. For 2016, public water alligator hunting permits will be available only through an on-line first-come-first-serve purchase process. These special permits will go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. on July 19, 2016, via the MDWFP website and www.ms.gov/mdwfp/alligator and will remain on sale till all available permits are sold. Each permit costs $150 and requires the purchase of an Alligator Hunting License ($25). In addition, payment is required immediately and permits are not refundable, nor may they be transferred to another individual. A credit card or debit card and a valid email address are required to purchase the permit. Each person is limited to only one permit in a zone of their choice, as long as they are available.

July 4th Weekend Boating Enforcement Statistics

Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Conservation Officers concluded the 2016 July 4th boating enforcement period which began Friday, July1 at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, July 4 at midnight.

Repairs Planned for Trace State Park Lake

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is making needed repairs to the water level control structure and dam at Trace State Park. MDWFP personnel will install an inflatable plug in the outflow pipe that will allow divers to replace the damaged stem on the water control structure. “We expect stem repair to take place within the next two to three weeks,” says MDWFP State Parks Director Jennifer Head. “Although the boat ramp is closed, bank fishing, paddling, and camping activities remain open to visitors during this time.”

Proposed Changes to Nuisance Animal Regulations May Not Affect You!

JACKSON – The proposed nuisance animal rule change only affects the hunting of nuisance animals on open U.S. Forest Service lands. Nuisance animals are defined in MISS. CODE ANN. §49-7-1 as wild hogs, nutria, beaver, fox, skunks, and coyotes.This rule change does not apply to private lands.“The proposed changes does not change deer hunting with dogs, permitted field trials, the summer raccoon season, or any other hunting season,” explained Chad Dacus, of Wildlife Bureau Director for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

VEC to Host Alligator Program

JACKSON - Ricky Flynt, Wildlife Biologist and Alligator Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will present a program about alligators at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. Flynt will discuss the biology and population status of alligators. Participants will also learn about the nuisance alligator program and hunting opportunities in Mississippi.

Proposed Changes to Nuisance Animal Regulations

JACKSON –The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes to the General Regulation for the Taking of Nuisance Animals on June 22. At the request of the U.S. Forest Service, to address safety, resource concerns, and reduce confusion by the public, proposed changes to regulations for hunting of nuisance animals on open national forest land are as follows: On U.S. Forest Service lands, nuisance animals may be killed during daylight hours only during any open hunting season with weapons and ammunition legal for that season. No bait or feed is allowed at any time. Trapping (including snaring) of hogs is prohibited. Transporting or releasing into the wild, or capture and removal of any live animal or plant is prohibited without Forest Service approval. Nuisance animal hunting with dogs is allowed during any deer hunting with dogs season during daylight hours only. Additionally, nuisance animal hunting with dogs is allowed following the close of the last primitive weapon deer season until last day of February with weapons and ammunition legal for small game during daylight hours only. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, will be enforced.

Leave Young Wildlife Alone

JACKSON – With summer quickly approaching, newborn wildlife is abundant in the Magnolia State. From hatching birds and newborn squirrels, to white-tailed deer fawns, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds people to leave young wildlife alone.

MDWFP's Museum Offers Interactive “Fear” Fun Fridays in June and July

JACKSON— Who says fear cannot be fun? Fun Fridays are interactive programs held every Friday in June and July at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.! The events include games, crafts, investigations, and activities built around the “Goose Bumps: The Science of Fear” exhibit (at the museum through December 30, 2016).

Florida Largemouth Bass Stocked at Columbus Lake

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked 62,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Columbus Lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (TTW). “Florida-strain largemouth bass typically grow faster and larger than native bass,” says Tyler Stubbs, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist. According to Stubbs, the goal of these stockings is to increase the number of trophy-sized bass. A 14 inch minimum length limit also remains in effect on Columbus Lake to help increase the number of fish that reach larger sizes. MDWFP has stocked approximately 700,000 Florida strain bass into Columbus Lake since 2004.

Mary Crawford Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years of age and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Mary Crawford Lake beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Perry Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Perry Lake beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 18. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

VEC to Host Bald Eagle Program

JACKSON-- Jackie Kerr, Conservation Resource Biologist and Outreach Educator, for the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will present a program about Bald Eagles at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. Kerr will discuss the population status of eagles in Mississippi and other interesting facts about this once endangered species. Participants will also learn what to do if they see an injured eagle.
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