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Spring Turkey Season Opens March 14
JACKSON – For Mississippi’s nearly 50,000 turkey hunters, the day they have been anticipating is almost at hand. The spring turkey season opens on March 14 and ends May 1. For hunters age 15 and under, the youth season begins a week earlier on March 7. The bag limit for the spring season is one adult gobbler with at least a 6 inch beard per day, not to exceed three per spring season. Youth hunters 15 years of age and younger may harvest one gobbler of choice per day, not to exceed three per spring season. The spring turkey season is closed in the following counties or parts thereof: Coahoma, Quitman, and Sunflower.

Timber Harvests Improve Wildlife Habitat at Copiah County WMA
JACKSON – Copiah County Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located west of Hazlehurst. The heavily forested WMA is owned and managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). As part of the overall management plan for Copiah County WMA, MDWFP personnel conduct timber inventory cruises and prioritize areas that need timber stand improvements. Once a timber sale area is determined, MDWFP personnel enter the timber sale area and individually mark trees to be harvested. Timber marking criteria are based on several variables such as timber density, health, and species.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Chickasaw County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Chickasaw County. The workshop will be held at the Chickasaw County USDA-NRCS/Extension Office located at 415 Lee Horn Drive, Suite 4 in Houston on Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the extension office at (662) 456-4269.

VEC to Host Fish Predator Program
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) will host a “Fish Predator” program for youth on Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m.

2015 Fishing Forecast for Flood Control Reservoirs
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists predict mixed success in 2015 on the Corps of Engineers’ flood control reservoirs (Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes), based on sampling completed last fall.

MDWFP Announces Pond Management Workshop Schedule
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is conducting 11 pond management workshops during 2015. The workshops consist of an hour-long presentation and include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow.

MDWFP Museum to Host 12th Annual “Fossil Road Show” on March 7
JACKSON—Pack up your fossils and hit the road! The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science invites you to bring your fossil discoveries to the 12th Annual Fossil Road Show on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “Our team of scientists will provide their expert opinions about the ages and identities of your fossils,” says Museum Paleontology Curator George Phillips.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Funding Keeps WMAs Open
JACKSON— Mississippi's system of wildlife management areas (WMAs) includes mitigation lands owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and managed by MDWFP. This unique partnership between state and federal agencies allows USACE to continue their flood protection and navigation activities in the state. This arrangement also provides habitat for a variety of species, including waterfowl, deer, and small game, and offers important public recreational opportunities, and supplies economic benefits to local communities.


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