|Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day at “Outdoorama on the Rez”|
JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) invites Mississippians to join in the nationwide celebration of hunting, fishing, shooting, and wildlife conservation on September 27, National Hunting and Fishing Day, by attending “Outdoorama on the Rez.” National Hunting and Fishing Day was created in 1971 to celebrate hunting and fishing and to recognize America's sportsman-based system of conservation funding. That system now generates more than $1.7 billion per year and benefits all who appreciate wildlife and wild places.
|Apply Now for Rabbit Hunts at Trim Cane and Nanih Waiya WMAs|
JACKSON – Applications are now available for draw rabbit hunts with dogs on Nanih Waiya and Trim Cane Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). To participate in these hunts, applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws before October 15. Applicants must have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt. After purchasing or renewing a hunting license, applicants must wait 24 hours before applying.
|Early Teal and Rail Seasons Open September 13|
JACKSON – Fall is approaching, and with it comes Mississippi’s first duck hunting opportunity when the early teal season opens on September 13. The 16-day season will end on September 28. Hunters should make sure their hunting license is current for the 2014 – 2015 hunting season, complete with Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification for Mississippi. Hunters will also need to purchase state and federal waterfowl stamps. The bag limit for the September teal season is six birds per person per day (all teal species) with no more than 18 in possession.
|MDWFP & the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo|
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Patsy on Saturday, September 13. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Lake Patsy is located in Lamar Park in Oxford.
|Lefleur’s Bluff State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo|
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at the Mayes Lake in Lefleur’s Bluff State Park on Saturday, September 6. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Lefleur’s Bluff State Park is located on Lakeland Terrace off Lakeland Drive in Jackson.
|Dove Hunters Reminded to Check for Bait Before Hunting|
JACKSON – Opening day of dove season is one of the most anticipated hunting days of the year, and a great time for fun and fellowship with friends and family. When heading to a dove field, hunters should take serious notice of how the field was prepared before hunting. Hunting migratory birds with the aid of bait is illegal, and it is the hunter’s responsibility to know if the field is baited or not. A brochure on dove field preparation and hunting regulations can be found online at www.mdwfp.com/dove.
|Be Legal this Dove Season|
JACKSON – All Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks conservation officers will be working with federal officers during Mississippi’s dove seasons to ensure hunters are in compliance with state and federal hunting laws. Before hunting migratory game birds, hunters need to be sure their hunting license is current for the 2014-15 hunting seasons, complete with Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. HIP certification is required for hunting all migratory game birds and is required for each state hunted. HIP certification is completed when, upon purchasing a license, hunters are asked questions about their migratory game bird harvest from the previous hunting season. The most frequent citation written in Mississippi has been no hunting license. This violation has a direct impact on conservation due to the loss of Federal Aid dollars to the state. Hunters should also be sure shotguns are not capable of holding more than three shells and should be aware of how their hunting field was prepared
|Mississippi’s Alligator Hunters Prepare for Season Opening|
JACKSON – Over 1,100 permitted hunters and their guests recently attended the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) mandatory alligator training courses to prepare for the permitted alligator hunts on public waterways and private lands in 2014. These mandatory courses, held at Jones County Junior College, Delta State University, and Roosevelt State Park were led by MDWFP biologists and conservation officers. Course topics included alligator biology, research projects, legal capture and dispatching methods, skinning and processing, proper documentation, license purchasing procedures, and boating safety.
|Dove Season Fast Approaching|
JACKSON – Dove hunting seasons will open on September 1 in the North Zone and September 13 in the South Zone. The North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35. The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35.
|Current Hunting Season Information on MDWFP App|
JACKSON—We have learned over the past week that some iPhone iOS7 users are not receiving current information from our Pocket Ranger app. All other smartphone operating systems appear to be receiving current information. This has been particularly confusing concerning the opening time for the upcoming dove hunting season, which will be one half hour before sunrise on private lands. Hunters need to check specific opening times/dates for WMA dove hunts on Wildlife Management Areas and the Private Lands Dove Field Program.
|Dove Hunting Opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas|
JACKSON – Opening day of dove season is one of the most anticipated and popular hunting days of the year for many Mississippians. Dove season brings the first hunting opportunity of the fall as the long and hot Mississippi summer comes to a close. One goal of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is to provide quality outdoor recreation. Providing safe, high quality opportunities for dove hunters on our Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) is a key part of this goal. Many WMAs are open to dove hunting, but 16 of these areas have designated, prepared dove fields. These 16 WMAs include Black Prairie, Canal Section, Charles Ray Nix, Copiah County, Divide Section, Hell Creek, Howard Miller, Indianola, Leroy Percy, Mahannah, Malmaison, Muscadine Farms, Okatibbee, O’Keefe, Tuscumbia, and Yockanookany.
|ATV Riding in Public Streams is Illegal|
JACKSON - Fisheries Biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) want to remind All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) drivers that riding in streambeds can be harmful to fish habitat and fish, and may be unlawful. ATVs disturb gravel, sand, and vegetation in stream bottoms that serve as spawning areas for fish, cover for small fish, and attachment sites for insects, crawfish, and other aquatic fish food organisms.
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