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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.

McAlpine Lake in Amory Joins MDWFP Community Assistance Program
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau has accepted the City of Amory’s McAlpine Lake for participation in the MDWFP Community Assistance Program. McAlpine Lake is a 2.5 acre pond located on 10th Avenue North.

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Prentiss County
JACKSON – As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has prepared a dove field in Prentiss County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 20-acre field has been planted in browntop millet, corn, sunflowers and last year’s winter wheat crop is still standing. The crops were planted in alternating strips across the field and portions of each crop will be manipulated to attract doves for opening day and beyond. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.”

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Panola County
JACKSON – As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has prepared a dove field in Panola County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 31-acre field has been planted in browntop millet, sunflowers, and truck crops. The truck crops are various vegetable crops that will be mowed to scatter their seed followed by planting wheat as a winter cover crop. The browntop millet will be cut and baled for hay. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.”

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Rankin County
JACKSON – As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has prepared a dove field in Rankin County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 63-acre browntop millet field is located in the Monterey community. The millet will be cut and baled for hay prior to opening day. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.”

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Kemper County
JACKSON – As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has prepared a dove field in Kemper County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 92-acre browntop millet field is located east of Scooba. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy. The Kemper County field has been in our program since 2005 and has a history of attracting a large number of doves.”

MDWFP & the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Roebuck Lake
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Roebuck Lake on Saturday, August 30. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The event will be located on Roebuck Lake at the east end of Lakeside Drive in Itta Bena.

Golden Memorial State Park and Walnut Grove to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Walnut Grove will host a youth fishing rodeo at Golden Memorial State Park on Friday, August 29. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 4 p.m. Golden Memorial State Park is located on Damascus Road near Walnut Grove.

VEC to Host Autumn Tree Program
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Tree Identification program on Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m.

Mississippi's Hunter Education Classes Are in Full Swing
Jackson – Hunting season is right around the corner, and hunter education classes are in full swing across the state. These classes, which teach firearm safety, wildlife conservation, and sportsman ethics, have been very successful in training the next generation of Mississippi's sportsmen and women and reducing the number of hunting accidents. Classes are taught by MDWFP staff and volunteer instructors and are also available online. The schedule for hunter education classes, which is updated regularly, is found at www.mdwfp.com.

Mississippi’s 2014-2015 Waterfowl Seasons Announced
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks considered dates for the 2014 - 2015 waterfowl hunting seasons at its July 14 meeting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released late-season frameworks in early August providing a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates. “Breeding duck populations were at record levels in 2014, so we were once again offered liberal season frameworks, which include a 60-day duck season with a six bird daily bag limit,” said James Callicutt, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Waterfowl Program Biologist.

Deer Hunting Applications Available for Canemount WMA
JACKSON - Canemount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is composed of approximately 3,500 acres located in the Loess Bluffs of Claiborne County near the Mississippi River. These hills have very deep and fertile top soil with a very high component of cherrybark oak in the timber stands. The Canemount property has a long history of trophy deer management. Hunting Canemount WMA will be a totally unique hunting experience compared to other WMAs. Hunters looking for a truly special hunting opportunity with a high chance of seeing and harvesting game should look no further than Canemount WMA.

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, 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 23,000 acres in north and south Mississippi.

Bag Limit Regulation Changes for Upcoming Deer Season
JACKSON – Mississippi’s 2014 – 2015 deer hunting season will provide more liberal antlerless opportunity on private lands and will better manage antlerless opportunity on U.S. Forest Service National Forests (USFS). This regulation change is intended to aid in the proper management of Mississippi’s deer herd while providing maximum opportunity to hunters without negative impacts to the resource.

Hunter Orange Regulation Changes for Upcoming Deer Season
JACKSON – New for the 2014 - 2015 deer hunting season are changes in “hunter orange” regulations. When hunting deer during any firearms season for deer, a hunter must wear in full view at least five hundred square inches of solid unbroken fluorescent orange unless hunting in a stand at least twelve feet above ground or in a fully enclosed deer stand or blind. However, hunters must wear hunter orange while traveling to and from their stand. Hunters are also encouraged to carry a light while walking into the woods before daylight or leaving after dark.

Legal Weapon Changes for Upcoming Deer Season
JACKSON – New for the upcoming 2014 - 2015 deer hunting season are changes in “legal weapons” regulations for private lands in Mississippi. During any open season on deer with primitive weapons after November 30, deer hunters may use any legal weapon of choice on private lands. This regulation change was made during the 2013 Legislative Session but will be implemented beginning with the upcoming 2014 – 2015 deer hunting season.

Malmaison WMA Public Meeting Scheduled for August 12
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a public meeting regarding changes to future water level management in the Malmaison Wildlife Management Area (WMA) greentree reservoir (GTR). The meeting will be on August 12 at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Grenada County Building located at 1240 Fairground Road in Grenada.

Deer, Early Teal, and Rabbit Hunt Applications Available August 1
JACKSON – Beginning August 1, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will accept draw permit applications for deer, early season teal, and rabbit hunts on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws and have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt. After purchasing or renewing your license you must wait 24 hours until you can apply.


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