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MWFP Foundation Super Hunt Fishing Rodeo
Jackson–The Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Foundation (MWFP) is sponsoring the Super Hunt Fishing Rodeo for youth with disabilities at Turcotte Education Center on Saturday, May 9. This event is open to disabled youth ages 6-17, and will begin at noon.

New Pascagoula River Blueway on Pascagoula River WMA
JACKSON – The Pascagoula River is recognized as the largest unimpeded river system in the contiguous United States. The river spans the length of the Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a 37,000-acre tract of predominately bottomland hardwood forest located within George and Jackson counties. Recently, a 22-mile portion of the river in George County was designated as a national blueway thanks to help from numerous collaborators and a grant through the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. Project partners include the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Pascagoula River Basin Alliance, George County Economic Development Foundation, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The goal of the Pascagoula River Blueway is to promote public use and enjoyment of the Pascagoula River and its natural resources.

Infrastructure Improvements on Charles Ray Nix WMA
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is planning to repair and improve access on Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Panola County. Work will include stabilizing creek crossings, replacing culverts, and repairing sections of WMA roads. When completed, the improvements will restore management access to remote parts of the WMA, reduce erosion, and provide better access for WMA visitors. Work is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2015. Similar infrastructure improvements are also planned for Canal Section, John Bell Williams, and Sardis Waterfowl WMAs. Work on Sardis Waterfowl WMA will be performed by the Sardis Lake Corps of Engineers.

Desoto National Forest Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Airey Lake Recreation Area in the Desoto National Forest beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service.

Lake Lamar Bruce Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Lamar Bruce beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Migratory Bird Celebration & Live Bird Programs on May 2
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. until 3p.m. IMBD celebrates one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas: bird migration.

Lake Lamar Bruce Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Lamar Bruce beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Neshoba 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 Neshoba County. The workshop will be held at the Neshoba County Coliseum located at 12000 Hwy 15 N in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 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 (601) 656-4011.

Meridian Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Q. V. Sykes Park in Meridian beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 25. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Meridian Parks and Recreation.

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – Children 4 to 15 years old are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the Fishing Derby Ponds beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Friends of Noxubee Refuge, and the Louisville Wal-Mart.

Pearl Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Bright Park in Pearl beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 18. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Pearl.

Upcoming Habitat Management Activities on WMAs
JACKSON – As the days get longer and winter draws to a close, months of habitat management planning are about to be put into action across Mississippi. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) biologists and Wildlife Management Area (WMA) managers across the state have been preparing to take habitat management plans from paper to the field. When habitat management is mentioned, most hunters often think of food plots and wonder what they should plant. However, food plots make up a very small percentage of the overall landscape. Due to past implementation of habitat management techniques across Mississippi’s WMAs, food resources, nesting cover, brood-rearing cover, and escape cover are plentiful throughout the state.

MDWFP to Host State Championship Archery Tournament
JACKSON—Having competed in North and South State qualifying tournaments, more than 3,000 student archers representing schools across Mississippi are gearing up to compete in the 2015 Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) State Tournament, April 14-16 at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center in Jackson.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Choctaw County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop inChoctawCounty. The workshop will be held at the Choctaw County of Commerce at 55 East Quinn Street in Ackerman on Thursday, April 16 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 Choctaw County Extension Office at (662) 285-6337.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lincoln 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 Lincoln County. The workshop will be held at the Lincoln Civic Center multi-purpose building located at 1096 Belt Line Drive NE in Brookhaven on Thursday, April 16 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 Lincoln County Extension Office at (601) 835-3460.

Amory Railroad Festival Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at McAlpine Lake in Amory beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Amory as part of the 2015 Amory Railroad Festival.

Tupelo Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Veterans Park beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Tupelo.

Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Hansel King Sportsplex beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Brookhaven Parks and Recreation Department.

Choctaw Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Choctaw Lake in the Tombigbee National Forest beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 11. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U. S. Forest Service.

MDWFP Conservation Officers Rescue Man From Mississippi River
JACKSON—Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Conservation Officers rescued James D. White from the treacherous waters of the Mississippi River Friday morning.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Bolivar County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau will be hosting a pond management workshop in Bolivar County on Saturday, April 11. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at the Charlie Capps Wildlife Management Area (CCWMA) located off Hwy 8 between Cleveland and Rosedale. A question-and-answer period will be held to discuss common management strategies and problems encountered in small pond management, and a site visit to the MDWFP managed pond at CCWMA will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by emailing Nathan Aycock at nathana@mdwfp.state.ms.us or by calling the lake office at (662) 759-6444.

Mississippi Lakes Named Top Trophy Crappie Lakes in America
JACKSON –Five Mississippi lakes have been listed as the top three fisheries to visit for trophy-size crappie according to a recent survey by Josh Gowan with Wired2fish.com. Gowan and a group of professional anglers identified the top 10 lakes to catch trophy crappie in the United States.

Camp Fish to be Held at Turcotte Education Center
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2015 at the Turcotte Education Center near Canton June 24 and 25. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15, and its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

2015 Youth Art Contest Deadline Extended
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2015 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. The deadline for submission of entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) has been extended to May 15, 2015.


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