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2016 Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists anticipate a great year for anglers in Southwest Mississippi. “We’ve seen improved fisheries at connecting oxbows along the Mississippi River during fall and winter sampling,” said MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown. “We collected high numbers of largemouth bass and bluegill at Chotard and Albemarle Lakes, and anglers reported improved catches at those and other oxbows during fall 2015. Recent flooding will not adversely affect game fish populations. According to Brown, “fish move onto the floodplain during high water, and return to the oxbows as the water level decreases.”

Supplemental Feeding for Deer After a Winter Flood

JACKSON -Recent winter flooding along the Mississippi River caused thousands of deer to relocate to drier land in Mississippi. As flood waters start to recede, deer will begin to return to their normal home range. Research has proven that deer displaced by high water events will return to their normal home ranges soon after waters recede. As these deer return, many people will want to provide supplemental feed to help them through the stressful period. The significance of the flood event will be short lived, and natural food will be available to deer depending on pre-flood abundance and quality. Existing feeding regulations will adequately meet any supplemental needs if feeding is implemented in flood affected areas. Extraordinary measures are not needed for the wellbeing of the deer herd.

Bobby Cleveland to Moderate “So You Think You Can Fish?” Event

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host a morning of fishing seminars and fish education for anglers and families on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Veteran outdoor sports journalist Bobby Cleveland will moderate a panel of several professional anglers. This annual program provides useful information for novice and seasoned fishermen including seminars on kayak fishing! The Magnolia Crappie Club will conduct a seminar on crappie fishing, too.

Small Game Hunting Reopens in Areas Affected by Mississippi River Flooding

JACKSON - On January 20, 2016, during its regularly scheduled January meeting, the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks voted to keep hunting seasons along the Mississippi River closed until January 31, 2016. The order also declares all areas inundated by floodwaters to be "no wake" zones.

Hunting Seasons Close in the South Delta until January 31

JACKSON - This morning, the Steel Bayou Landside gauge went over ninety (90) feet triggering the closure of hunting season in the south Delta. Pursuant to the order of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks earlier this month, once the Mississippi River reaches forty-three (43) feet on the Vicksburg gauge AND the Steele Bayou Landside gauge reaches ninety (90) feet in Zone 4.B, hunting season, except for waterfowl season, will close. Zone 4.B is defined as areas in Sharkey, Humphreys, Yazoo, Issaquena, Warren counties which lie south of Highway 14, west of Highway 149, south of Highway 16 / 149, west of Highway 3, and east of Highway 61. By action of the Commission on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, this area will be closed until January 31, 2016.

Hunting Seasons in Areas Affected by Mississippi River Flooding to Remain Closed Until January 31

JACKSON – On January 20, 2016, during its regularly scheduled January meeting, the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, voted to keep hunting seasons along the Mississippi River closed until January 31, 2016. The order also declares all areas inundated by floodwaters to be “no wake” zones.

Supplemental Feeding During and After a Flood Event

JACKSON – Recent flooding along the Mississippi River alluvial valley caused thousands of deer to relocate to drier land. Research has proven that deer displaced by high water events will return to their normal home ranges within weeks of the flood waters receding.

Wildlife Management Area Turkey Hunting Applications Available

JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is now accepting online applications for Wildlife Management Area (WMA) turkey draw hunts. Applications can be submitted at www.mdwfp.com/draws; the deadline to submit applications is February 15. All applicants must have a valid WMA user permit to apply. WMA user permits are available for purchase online at www.mdwfp.com or may be purchased anywhere hunting licenses are sold.

Commission Closes Additional Hunting Area During Emergency Session

JACKSON – On January 14, 2016, the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, (“the Commission”) met in an emergency session to address the issue of rising waters of the Mississippi River forcing deer and other animals out of their natural habitat. The Commission voted unanimously to expand its order closing all open hunting seasons (except waterfowl) for the duration of the current high water event, along the Mississippi River.

Youth Waterfowl Camp Application Period Extended

JACKSON – The application period for the Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp to be hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. has been extended to January 11. The camp’s mission is to recruit and retain waterfowl hunters and increase support for wetland conservation and waterfowl hunting in Mississippi. Classroom discussions and hands-on exercises will be led by biologists and other wildlife professionals to help students gain a better understanding of wetlands, waterfowl, and ethical hunting practices. In addition, local field trips to publicly and privately managed wetlands will expose youth to the diversity of habitats that waterfowl use in Mississippi. Activities will include shooting instructions and safety training, as well as an optional adult-supervised waterfowl hunt.

Apply Now for the Trim Cane WMA Youth Waterfowl Hunt

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now accepting applications for the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt on Trim Cane Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The special youth hunt will be held on February 6. The WMA is an 891-acre property located in Oktibbeha County, approximately four miles north of Starkville off of Highway 389. The area has been developed primarily for waterfowl hunting and offers an excellent opportunity for youth waterfowl hunters. Trim Cane is easily accessible and is a prime area to introduce youth to waterfowl hunting.

Additional Area Closed to Hunting Due to Rising Flood Waters

JACKSON – In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and private landowners, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) by order of the Executive Director added the following area to the hunting season closure order issued on December 30, 2015:

“Tiny Titans” Exhibit Hatching at Science Museum

JACKSON—Take a rare and exciting look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests, and embryos in theTiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babiesexhibit from January 23, 2016 – May 1, 2016 at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! This remarkable hands-on exhibition includes more than 50 authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe! “A captivating experience for all ages,Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, invites visitors to touch a real dinosaur bone, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations, and view animated video presentations featuring well-known dinosaur experts!” explains Charles Knight, Museum Director.

2016 Youth Art Contest

Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2016 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) by May 10, 2016.

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