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Celebrate the Season at the Science Museum

JACKSON— Make merry memories this holiday season at the award-winning MDWFP Mississippi Museum of Natural Science! “Connect with your friends and family at the museum and experience unique, hands-on events,” invites Charles Knight, Museum Director. Experiment with instant snow. Interact with swamp animals. Meet the Christmas Gator. See Santa dive to feed the fish in the aquariums and get your photo with him! For details, please see the museum’s events calendar at

Paddlefish Egg Harvest Season

JACKSON - The Mississippi River Harvest Zone, which is the first area open during the 2016 – 2017 Mississippi Paddlefish egg harvest season, opens on November 20, 2016 and closes December 31, 2016. This zone includes all of the public waters between the main line levees of the Mississippi River along the Mississippi-Arkansas border.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day: November 19

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone that all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the first youth waterfowl hunting day on November 19, 2016.

White-tailed Deer Gun Season Opens November 19

Mississippi’s white-tailed deer gun season opens November 19 and closes December 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include legal bucks and antlerless deer on private lands and only legal bucks on open public lands.

Cases of Illegal Carcass Importation Increase

Over the last week, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officers have made nine different cases on illegal importation of cervid carcasses. Some of these cases originated from concerned citizens and through cooperation with other state and federal agencies.

MDWFP Completes New Boat Ramp in Tallahatchie County

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, working in cooperation with the Tallahatchie County Board of Supervisors, recently completed a new public boat launching ramp on the Tallahatchie River in Tallahatchie County.

Bear Pen Park Lake

Bear Pen Park Lake in Cleveland Joins the MDWFP Community Fishing Assistance Program CLEVELAND - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is pleased to announce that the City of Cleveland has enrolled Bear Pen Park Lake into the MDWFP Community Fishing Assistance Program. The park is located on College Street.

WMA Waterfowl Draw Hunt Applications Now Open

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is now accepting online applications for Wildlife Management Area (WMA) waterfowl draw hunts. Applications can be submitted at All applicants must have a valid WMA user permit to apply. WMA user permits are available for purchase online at or may be purchased anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

Youth Gun Deer Season Opens November 5

JACKSON – The gun deer season for youth hunters 15 years of age and younger begins November 5 across Mississippi. This season provides youth hunters with the first firearms opportunity at Mississippi’s abundant deer herd this hunting season. Youth may use any firearm. The bag limit on Delta and Hill Zone antlerless deer is five per annual season. The bag limit on Southeast Zone antlerless deer is one per day, three per annual season. Youth may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day not to exceed three bucks for the entire hunting season. Zone-specific spread and main beam antler regulations do not apply to youth hunters.

Special Primitive Weapons Season for Deer Opens November 7

JACKSON – Mississippi’s special primitive weapons season for white-tailed deer will open November 7 in the Hill and Delta Deer Management Zones. The special primitive weapons season is for antlerless deer only on private lands and open public lands from November 7 – 18. This special season is provided to help hunters in areas with higher deer densities with earlier opportunities to achieve antlerless harvest objectives prior to the rut. Only archery equipment and primitive firearms may be used during this season.

MDWFP Graduates New Conservation Officers

JACKSON – Fifteen newly sworn Conservation Officers will be patrolling areas of assignment across Mississippi this upcoming fall. On October 27, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks held a graduation ceremony at Roosevelt State Park near Morton, honoring its 15 new Conservation Officers.

WMA Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities

JACKSON –Throughout the state, wintering waterfowl habitat and hunting areas are being prepared for the upcoming waterfowl season. Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state offer great waterfowl hunting opportunities that are open to the public. Several of these areas offer waterfowl hunting through draw permit only.

MDWFP Studies Largemouth Bass Movement on Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Biologists have received recapture locations of 47 bass initially tagged and released at the Goshen Springs Landing during the first two weeks of March 2016. Biologists tagged 525 tournament-caught bass to learn about the dispersal behavior of released fish.

MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Wins Prestigious Award

JACKSON – Dennis Riecke, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been named Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). Riecke was presented the award at the Association’s 69th annual meeting in Baton Rouge.

Paul B. Johnson State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

HATTIESBURG –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Paul B. Johnson State Park beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 29. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Lake Dockery Tagged Fish Rewards Program Announced

BYRAM - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau tagged 100 fish at Lake Dockery on October 11. The fish were tagged as part of a rewards program to increase fishing participation at Community Fishing Assistance Program lakes. Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and channel catfish were marked with a yellow, noodle-like tag on their back behind the dorsal fin.

VEC to Host “Halloween at the Hatchery” Program

ENID - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a “Halloween at the Hatchery” program on Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. Youth will decorate pumpkins using paints or decoupage. Participants are encouraged to wear older clothes for these crafts.

Treestand Accidents Reported During Archery Season Opener

JACKSON - Deer season officially opened this past weekend across the majority of Mississippi, ushering in fall’s favorite pastime for many hunters. During opening weekend however, Conservation Officers responded to many treestand-related incidents including three reported treestand-related accidents.

Rabbit Season Opens October 15

JACKSON – Mississippi’s 2016 – 2017 rabbit hunting season opens October 15, 2016 and closes February 28, 2017. The bag limit is 8 per day. Rabbit hunting is a fun and exciting way to spend time with family and friends. Rabbit hunters are encouraged to take youth hunting, but be sure to provide supervision on safe firearms handling and shooting.

City of Biloxi Youth Fishing Rodeo

Biloxi –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Hiller Park Recreation Area beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 15. The free event is hosted by the City of Biloxi and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeos at RecCon Lake and Wall Doxey State Park

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to upcoming fishing rodeos at RecCon Lake and Wall Doxey State Park. These events will be good opportunities for young anglers to fish lakes that are well stocked with catfish which are typically easy to catch. Families are invited to come enjoy quality time together in a safe environment. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, catfish bait, and stringers.

Mississippi Deer Archery Seasons Open October 1 & 15

JACKSON –The opening of deer archery season is October 1 for the Hill and Delta Zones and October 15 for the Southeast Zone. Longbows, recurves, compound bows, and crossbows are all considered legal archery equipment and can be used during all hunting seasons for deer. There is no minimum or maximum draw weight, no minimum arrow length, and fixed or mechanical broadheads may be used.

5th Annual “Park After Dark” Offers Unique Family-Friendly Halloween Fun

JACKSON — Enjoy fun games and science at two award-winning museums at the 5th Annual “Park After Dark” (PAD)! The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science and the Mississippi Children's Museum (MCM) will host PAD on Friday, October 28, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The museums are adjacent to one another at I-55 and Lakeland Drive near LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. “Experience ‘night at the museums’ at this one-of-a-kind Halloween event! There isn’t another event like it in Mississippi,” says Charles Knight, Director of the MDWFP Museum of Natural Science.

Squirrel Season Opens October 1

JACKSON – The 2016 – 2017 Mississippi fall squirrel season opens on October 1, 2016 and closes February 28, 2017. The special youth squirrel season is September 24 – September 30 on private lands and authorized state and federal lands only. The bag limit is eight squirrels per day.

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