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Katfishin’ Kids Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center beginning at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is hosted by The Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Sport Fish Restoration, Coca-Cola Bottling, Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Frito Lay, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Brown Bottling Group, ESI Supply, LLC, BankPlus, Keep the Rez Beautiful, Allied Waste Services, Keesler Federal Credit Union and all local Wal-Mart stores.

See Live Snakes at “Snake Day” on June 7 at the Museum

JACKSON— See, touch, and learn about live snakes! The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host “Snake Day” on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. “At Snake Day, you can see and touch live snakes, learn the value of Mississippi’s native snakes, and how to distinguish venomous snakes from non-venomous snakes,” explains Museum Director Charles Knight.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Holmes 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 Holmes County. The workshop will be held at the Holmes County Bank annex building on the court square in Lexington on Tuesday, June 7 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 Holmes County Extension office at (662) 458-3847.

Museum to Host “Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear” Exhibit

JACKSON—Why do our hearts race, our knees shake, and our bodies sweat when we are scared?Goose Bumps! The Science of Fearexplores this universal emotion that can save our lives. “Through fun, interactive challenges, guests can experience fear in a safe environment and discover the science behind their physical and emotional responses,” explains Museum Director Charles Knight. The exhibit opens at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science on May 28, 2016and runs through December 30, 2016.

Sardis Lower Lake Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Cypress Point Recreation area on the Lower Lake of Sardis Reservoir beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is hosted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at the Coahoma County Expo Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The free event is hosted by the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Lake Bill Waller Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Bill Waller beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Lake Claude Bennett Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Claude Bennett beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 28. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Registration Deadline Extended for Family Fish Camp at NMFH Visitor Education Center

JACKSON - The deadline to register for the Family Fish Camp at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) North MS Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center has been extended to May 25. The camp, which is cosponsored by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), will be on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

DeSoto County Man Fined $11,000 for Headlighting Deer

Donald Wayne Hensley, 49 of Hernando, was found guilty this week of five separate counts of headlighting deer in a Tunica County courtroom. Hensley was charged $11,174 in fines, sentenced to four months of house arrest, and loss of hunting privileges through 2019.

McMillan Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at McMillan Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21. The free event is hosted by the City of Carthage, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), and the Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension 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 a.m. Saturday, May 21. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

John W. Kyle State Park to Host "Kids to Parks" Day Activities

JACKSON – John W. Kyle State Park, in Sardis, invites you to enjoy a day of play at the park with your family on May 21 as part of "Kids to Parks" Day. Join thousands of children, families, teachers, cities, towns, and parks in this nationwide celebration of outdoor play. Kids to Parks Day is organized by the National Park Trust, an organization encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature, and adventure right around the corner or just across town.

Tombigbee State Park to Host "Kids to Parks" Day Activities

JACKSON – Tombigbee State Park, in Tupelo, invites you to enjoy a day of play at the park with your family on May 21 as part of "Kids to Parks" Day. Join thousands of children, families, teachers, cities, towns, and parks in this nationwide celebration of outdoor play. Kids to Parks Day is organized by the National Park Trust, an organization encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature, and adventure right around the corner or just across town.

MDWFP Investigates Mysterious Turkey Deaths

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), in conjunction with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) recently released findings associated with the deaths of 15 wild turkey hens in Tallahatchie County. The birds were reported by a landowner to local Conservation Officer Dale Adams, who subsequently collected the specimens for testing.

Habitat Restoration Project Recently Completed at Indianola WMA

JACKSON – A habitat restoration project was recently completed at Indianola Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This project will not only restore areas to their native habitat, but will also provide visual cover for wintering waterfowl from public roads.

MDWFP's Museum “Summer Camp 2016” Online Registration Now Open

JACKSON—Remember those magical childhood summer days spent exploring the outdoors? This June, your children can experience similar adventures! Register your children for summer camp at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science. Age-appropriate camps include: “Go Outdooors…Camp!”, “Jr. Naturalist Camp”, and “Field Camp” for children entering kindergarten through entering twelfth grade.

NMFH Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, May 21. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

MDWFP and MSU Extension Service to Host Pond Management Workshop in Harrison County

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the MSU Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Harrison County. The workshop will be held at the Lyman Community Center located at 13472 Highway 49 in Gulfport on Thursday, May 19 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 Paul B. Johnson State park office at (601) 582-7721.

MDWFP to Pay Tribute to Fallen Conservation Officers

JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host its annual memorial ceremony on May 18 at 10 a.m. to honor and remember those Conservation Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The annual Memorial Ceremony is open to the public and will be held at MDWFP headquarters located at 1505 Eastover Drive in Jackson.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Claiborne 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 Claiborne County. The workshop will be held at the Claiborne County Extension Office located at 510 Main Street in Port Gibson on Tuesday, May 17 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 Claiborne County Extension office at (601) 437-5011.

Pascagoula River and Ward Bayou WMAs Continue to be Impacted by Flooding

JACKSON – Pascagoula River and Ward Bayou Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) encompass over 50,000 acres along the Pascagoula River in George and Jackson counties. The Pascagoula River basin is the largest drainage in the southeast region of the state. Over the past five months, the WMAs have experienced constant cycles of flooding which have lead to numerous road and hunting season closures. Roads and hunting seasons are closed during high water conditions to minimize road damage and keep visitors safe. Roads are highly susceptible to damage during periods of high water and often require costly repairs. Once flood waters recede, WMA personnel inspect roads and re-open when conditions are suitable. Visitors are encouraged to review Pascagoula River and Ward Bayou WMA regulations for more specific information regarding road and hunting season closures. These regulations can be found online at www.mdwfp.com/wma.

Illegal Commercial Fishermen Arrested in George County

Conservation Officers with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently concluded a multi-day operation in George County with numerous commercial fishing violations and arrests on Black Creek. Black Creek, a popular and scenic stream in Jackson and George County, is open to recreational sport fishing but commercial fishing gear is prohibited. Commercial fishing gear such as the "slat box" seized this weekend, are commonly used to catch larger quantities of fish than recreational gear and may negatively affect other aquatic species.

Clarkco State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Clarkco State Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Trace State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Trace Lake in Trace State Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Olive Branch Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at George M. Harrison Municipal Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the City of Olive Branch and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Chickasawhay National Wildlife Refuge Gator Pond Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Gator Pond on Chickasawhay National Wildlife Refuge beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service.

Treating Cogongrass on Wildlife Management Areas

JACKSON – With spring in full swing, trees are leafing out and flowers are blooming. This is a great time to identify different plant communities and locate any invasive plant species. Cogongrass is an aggressive, invasive species that will out-compete all native plant species and take over a landscape.

2016 -2017 Hunting Season Proposals

JACKSON – At a public meeting on April 20, 2016, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes for the 2016 – 2017 white-tailed deer and turkey seasons, as well as Wildlife Management Area rules changes.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Forrest County

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Forrest County. The workshop will be held at the Paul B. Johnson State Park office located at 319 Geiger Lake Road on Tuesday, May 10 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 park office at (601) 582-7721.

Spring Squirrel Season Opens May 14

JACKSON – Mississippi’s spring squirrel hunting season opens statewide May 14 – June 1. The bag limit is four squirrels per day during the spring season.

Fishing Regulation Changes Proposed for Lake Washington

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposed rule to increase the minimum length limit for crappie on Lake Washington from 10 inches to 11 inches. Anglers will be allowed to harvest five fish under the length limit each day, and the daily creel limit will remain 30 fish per angler. The proposed crappie regulations and the current black bass regulations will include the outlet channel from Lake Washington to the weir at Paul Love Park.

2016 Legion State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Legion State Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Alligator Hunting Seasons for 2016 Announced

JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, on April 20, approved the final rule changes for the 2016 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi. The statewide public waters season will include opportunities in specific public waterways. A total of 920 permits will be available within seven hunting zones across the state for the ten-day season, August 26 – September 5, 2016.

Defendants Indicted in Illegal Deer Importation

JACKSON - Earlier this week, two of three defendants named in an indictment, filed in February of this year, were arraigned in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The three men named in the indictment are Coleman Virgil Slade and Dewayne Slade of Lamar County, Mississippi, and Don Durett of Stonewall County, Texas. Dewayne Slade and Don Durett were arraigned this week. Coleman Slade will be arraigned at a later date. The indictment alleges that the men violated the Lacey Act.

Lake Lowndes State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo

JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Lowndes State Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 7. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Regulation Change Proposed for Ross Barnett Reservoir Black Bass

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposal to increase the black bass minimum length limit on Ross Barnett Reservoir from 12 to 14 inches. Anglers will be required to throw back all bass 14 inches and under. The daily creel limit will remain seven fish per angler.

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