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MDWFP Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week
JACKSON - Mark your calendar for National Fishing and Boating Week June 6 -14, a national celebration of fishing and boating. June 6 and 7 are designated as “Free Fishing Days” in Mississippi, and any person may sport fish without a license. In addition, daily permits to fish at state fishing lakes and parks are not required.

Timber Harvests Scheduled for Copiah County and Canemount WMAs
JACKSON – Copiah County Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Canemount WMA are heavily forested WMAs owned and managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). As part of the overall management plan for these WMAs, MDWFP personnel conduct timber inventory cruises and prioritize areas that need to be managed. Once a timber management area is determined, MDWFP personnel enter the timber stands and individually mark trees to be harvested. Timber marking criteria are based on several variables such as tree density, health, tree species, and wildlife management objectives.

Slithering Fun at “Snake Day: Mississippi Style” on June 2
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host “Snake Day: Mississippi Style” on Tuesday, June 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Live snakes will be exhibited with experts on-hand to answer your questions plus two interactive snake discussions will be led by herpetologist Bryan Fedrick. The event is also Scout friendly. Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will earn the “MDWFP Museum of Natural Science Snake Day Patch” and Boy Scouts will meet several requirements forthe “Reptile and Amphibian merit badge”.

“Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs” Opens May 30
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science is unleashing the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever created on dogs! The museum, recently named the “Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year” by the Southeast Tourism Society, will host the exhibit from May 30, 2015 through January 3, 2016. This exhibit sniffs out the facts on the unique role of dogs in human societies. Learn the furry facts of canines, enter a howling area, test your sense of smell, and explore a search and rescue dog scene!

Lake Claude Bennett to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON –Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a fishing rodeo at Lake Claude Bennett beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

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

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Harrison County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is 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 21, 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.

Clarkco State Park to Host 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 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

North Mississippi Fish Hatchery to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
Jackson - Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

McMillan Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at McMillan Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16. 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.

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 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Donated Blue Catfish Stocked into Moon Lake
JACKSON - On May 1, 2015, approximately 16,500 pounds of blue catfish were stocked into Moon Lake, a 2,300 acre oxbow lake located in Coahoma County. These fish were donated to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks by Tackett Fish Farms in Schlater, Mississippi. The stocked fish, weighing up to 25 pounds, will help to supplement the existing blue catfish population and increase fishing opportunities for anglers at Moon Lake.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Desoto County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Desoto County. The workshop will be held at the Hernando Library at 370 West Commerce Street in Hernando on Thursday, May 14 at 7 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 Desoto County Extension Office at (662) 469-8480.

City of Olive Branch to Host 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 16. The free event is hosted by the City of Olive Branch and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

Handgrabbing Season Opens May 1
JACKSON – A tradition unlike any other begins May 1. Grabbling, handgrabbing, handfishing, or noodling—whatever you call it—catching catfish with your hands is a popular way of fishing for a lot of Mississippians. The season opens May 1 and runs through July 15.

2015 Alligator Hunting Seasons Announced
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks finalized regulations for the 2015 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi at its April meeting. 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 which begins August 28 and runs through September 7.

MDWFP to Pay Tribute to Fallen Conservation Officers
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a memorial service on May 14 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 Service is open to the public and will be held at MDWFP headquarters located at 1505 Eastover Drive in Jackson.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Forrest County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop at Paul B. Johnson State Park located south of Hattiesburg off Hwy 49. The workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 in the conference room at the park office. 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.

Spring Squirrel Season Opens May 15
JACKSON – Mississippi has a new spring squirrel hunting season that will be open statewide May 15 – June 1. Hunters should note that the bag limit is only four squirrels per day during the spring season.

MDWFP Lake Lamar Bruce Opening Day Announced
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing day at Lake Lamar Bruce on Saturday, May 2, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fishing will be open to youth 15 years and under. All youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old and has a valid Mississippi fishing license. Lake Lamar Bruce will open to the general public on Wednesday, May 6 at 6 a.m.

Rohnke Honored as Outstanding Alumnus
JACKSON — Angel Rohnke has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) Outstanding Conservation Achievement Alumni Award. Rohnke is Assistant Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science.

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.


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