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Camp Fish to be Held at Percy Quin State Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2015 at Percy Quin State Park near McComb June 8 and 9. 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.

"Let’s Wet a Hook" Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Wilkinson County Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 4. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Scenic River Development Alliance.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Scott 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 Scott County. The workshop will be held at the Scott County MSU Extension Service office located at 230 South Davis St. in Forest on Tuesday, April 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 extension office at (601) 469-4241.

Birding Opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas
JACKSON - The waterfowl hunting season may be over, but great birding opportunities are still available on many Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Muscadine Farms, Howard Miller, Mahannah and Tuscumbia WMAs are some of the WMAs that have wetland habitat for birders to explore.

Camp Fish to be Held at Coahoma County Expo Center
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), and the Coahoma County Youth Outreach Program will host Camp Fish 2015 at the Coahoma County Expo Center in Clarksdale June 2 and 3. The camp is open to youth, ages 11-15; its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

Prescribed Burning Continues on Southwest MS WMAs
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel have been conducting prescribed burns on state-owned wildlife management areas (WMAs) in southwest Mississippi since late January. The seasonal, controlled use of fire is essential to enhancing and maintaining habitat for numerous game and non-game wildlife species. Prescribed burning reduces competition from undesirable woody plant species, reduces the potential of wildfire, reduces disease risk for longleaf pine seedlings, and promotes growth of desirable herbaceous vegetation favorable to many wildlife species.

Leroy Percy State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Leroy Percy State Park on Saturday, March 28. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 9 a.m. Leroy Percy State Park is located approximately 5 miles west of Hollandale on Hwy 12.

Get Wild at “NatureFEST” - a “Southeast Top 20 Event”
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host the15th Annual NatureFESTevent on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. “This year’sNatureFESTwill be a wild world adventure featuring the Wild World of Animals and a BioBlitz Discovery!” says museum director Charles Knight. The event is a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating Museum trip, all wrapped into one exciting day. The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently recognizedNatureFESTas a “Top 20 Event”! According to STS, the best events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious “Top 20” designation. The Museum is also the current “Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year”!

MDWFP & the City of Canton to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Canton are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center on Saturday, March 21. The fishing rodeo is open to youth, 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The Turcotte Education Center is located on Hwy 43 South adjacent to Ross Barnett Reservoir.

MDWFP Museum Summer Camp Registration Now Open
JACKSON—Remember those magical summer days from your youth spent exploring the outdoors? Now, your children can experience similar adventures! Register them for the “Go Outdooors … Camp” or the “Jr. Naturalist Camp” hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science to be held in June 2015! “Campers spend their time enjoying outdoor investigations and hands-on learning opportunities,” says Museum Education Coordinator Megan Fedrick. To register for camp, visit http://www.mdwfp.com/museum.aspx today. Spaces are limited to keep the camps as hands-on as possible. All camps cost $150 for Members and $175 for Non-Members.

Late Season Birding Opportunities at Trim Cane WMA
JACKSON – The waterfowl hunting season may be over, but great birding opportunities are still available on Trim Cane Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Trim Cane WMA is located approximately three miles north of Starkville off Hwy 389 and has approximately 300 acres of wetland habitat for birders to explore.

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.


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