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Third White-tailed Deer Gun Season Opens December 24
JACKSON – Mississippi’s third white-tailed deer gun hunting season will open December 24 and run through January 21. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include legal bucks and antlerless deer on private lands, and legal bucks only on open public lands.

2015 Youth Participation Initiative Squirrel Hunt
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is partnering with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host seven youth squirrel hunts throughout Mississippi on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Hunt locations will be Canal Section WMA, Caney Creek WMA, Copiah County WMA, Howard Miller WMA, O’Keefe WMA, Pascagoula River WMA, and Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. These hunts were developed to introduce youth to small game hunting and conservation. The hunts are provided at no cost to participants.

Live Webcam Offers Glimpse of Waterfowl in the Mississippi Delta
JACKSON – Waterfowl are continually arriving on many Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in the Delta to make Mississippi their winter home. A special video camera was installed on one of these WMAs to give the public a live look at the lives of waterfowl and other waterbirds in the Delta. This is the first time that this technology has been used to give the public the opportunity to view live footage of wintering ducks on public lands that are open to hunting.

White Crappie Stocked into Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau stocked 29,875 white crappie into Lake Tangipahoa on Monday, December 8. Lake Tangipahoa is located in Percy Quin State Park near McComb. The lake was closed and drained in 2012 after the levee was damaged following Hurricane Isaac

MDWFP Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has joined together once again with Ducks Unlimited and other volunteers to host the Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp.

Access Improvements Made on Pascagoula River WMA (1)
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently made road improvements on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in George and Jackson counties. Deep Slough and Big Slough Roads in the Jackson County portion of the WMA received numerous renovations. Many of the WMA’s roads lie within the floodplain of the Pascagoula River and are frequently damaged during winter and spring flooding. Road maintenance is a year-round task for WMA personnel as MDWFP strives to provide adequate access for user activities and management needs. Further access improvements are planned for the George County portion of the WMA in the following months.

Primitive Weapons Season for Deer Opens December 2
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) reminds hunters that the statewide Primitive Weapons Season for deer opens December 2 and runs through December 15 in all three Deer Management Zones. Antlerless deer and zone-legal bucks are eligible for harvest. Hunters may take one legal buck per day not to exceed three per license year. On private lands, the antlerless deer bag limit is five per license year with no daily limit. On U.S. Forest Service lands, the antlerless bag limit is one per day, not to exceed three per year.

Mississippi’s Duck Season Starting Soon
JACKSON- Mississippi’s duck hunting season opens Thursday, November 27, 2014. Many waterfowl hunters are anxiously waiting, due to record breeding population estimates last spring. However, hunters should remember that winter severity and local habitat availability also play a major role in how many ducks make their way to Mississippi.

Prescribed Burning and Vegetative Mulching Conducted on Marion County WMA
JACKSON – Marion County Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located south of Columbia, is the only state-owned WMA in Mississippi that is predominately forested with longleaf pine. At Marion County WMA, prescribed fire is the primary tool used by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel to maintain desirable habitat conditions in the area’s longleaf forests. Prescribed burning reduces competition from undesirable woody plant species, reduces potential of wildfire, reduces disease risk for longleaf pine seedlings, and promotes growth of desirable herbaceous vegetation favorable to many wildlife species.

White-tailed Deer Gun Season Opens November 22
JACKSON – For Mississippi’s 2014 – 2015 hunting season, the first white-tailed deer gun season opens November 22 and closes December 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include legal bucks and antlerless deer on private lands and only legal bucks on open public lands.

Elvis Presley Lake to Reopen November 15
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will reopen Elvis Presley Lake on Saturday, November 15. The lake, which is located near Tupelo, was closed in April after an EF-3 tornado severely damaged lake grounds and buildings. Additional minor repairs will be needed, but all activities will be available to the public. “We’ve worked hard repairing buildings, replacing damaged equipment, and cleaning up the grounds,” said Josh Howell, North State Lakes Supervisor. “We are excited to reopen the lake, and we expect the public will enjoy the new and rebuilt facilities,” added Howell.

WMAs Offer Special Opportunities for Youth Deer Hunters
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) encourages youth hunters to take advantage of early deer hunting opportunities and specially designated hunting areas on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state. Many WMAs will open for the youth deer hunting season on November 8 for youth 15 years old and younger. Canal Section WMA and Divide Section WMA (located in Northeast Mississippi) and Pearl River WMA (located in central Mississippi) are some examples of areas that offer designated hunting areas for youth. Subject to specific WMA regulations, youth may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day, not to exceed three per licensed year and are exempt from any zone specific antler restrictions. When hunting on WMAs, youth hunters must be in the presence and under the direct supervision of a Mississippi licensed or exempt hunter at least 21 years of age.

Mississippi’s Goose Season Starting Soon
JACKSON - Mississippi’s goose hunting season opens Thursday, November 13, 2014 and is a great time to participate in waterfowl hunting before the duck season opens later this month. Late-season Canada, snow, blue, Ross’s, white-fronted goose, and brant seasons will occur from November 13, 2014 - January 25, 2015. Canada geese will have a 3-bird daily bag limit and brant will have a daily bag limit of 1 bird. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for Canada geese and brant. Snow, blue, and Ross’s geese will have a daily bag limit of 20 birds during the regular hunting season. White-fronted geese will have a daily bag limit of 2 birds. The possession limit for white-fronted geese is 6 and there is no possession limit for snow, blue, and Ross’s geese.

New Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities on Pearl River WMA
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is providing new youth waterfowl hunting opportunities on Pearl River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) this hunting season. For the first time, youth hunters will have the opportunity to waterfowl hunt within selected waterfowl impoundments on the WMA. The hunts will be only for permitted youth hunters that are 15 years of age or younger. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a Mississippi licensed adult who is 21 years of age or older. To apply for the new hunts, applications must be submitted online at www.mdwfp.com/draws.

Youth Deer Hunting Applications Available for Canemount WMA
JACKSON - Canemount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) consists of 3,500 acres of hardwood forest located near Port Gibson in Claiborne County. Hunters looking for a truly special youth deer hunting opportunity with a good chance of seeing and harvesting game should look no further than Canemount WMA.

Youth Gun Deer Season Opens November 8
JACKSON – The gun deer season for youth hunters 15 years old and under begins November 8 across Mississippi. This season provides youth hunters with the first firearms opportunity at Mississippi’s abundant deer herd this hunting season. Youth may use any firearm and may harvest one buck with any hardened antler per day and up to five does per day on private land, not to exceed three bucks and five does for the entire hunting season. Zone-specific spread and main beam antler regulations do not apply to youth hunters.

Special Primitive Weapons Season for Deer Begins November 10
JACKSON – Mississippi’s special primitive weapons season for white-tailed deer will open November 10 in the Hill and Delta Deer Management Zones. The special primitive weapons season is for antlerless deer only on private lands and open public lands from November 10 – 21. This special season is provided to allow hunters on properties with higher deer densities, additional and earlier opportunities to meet antlerless harvest objectives prior to the rut. Only archery equipment and primitive firearms may be used during this season.

MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Wins Prestigious Award
JACKSON – Keith Meals, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been named Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). Meals was presented the award at the Association’s 68th annual meeting on October 21.

Paul B. Johnson State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Paul B. Johnson State Park Lake on Saturday, October 25. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 10 a.m. Paul B. Johnson State Park is located 10 miles south of Hattiesburg on Hwy 49.

WMA Waterfowl Draw Hunt Applications Available October 20
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will begin accepting applications for waterfowl draw hunts on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) on October 20. Applications must be submitted online at www.mdwfp.com/draws. WMAs offering waterfowl draw hunts are Charlie Capps, Howard Miller, Indianola, Mahannah, Muscadine Farms, Pearl River (youth only), Tuscumbia, and Trim Cane. Hunters can select the WMA of their choice and assign priority to the dates they wish to hunt.

Deer Antler Criteria and Bag Limit Changes on WMAs
JACKSON –Changes to deer hunting regulations for the 2014 – 2015 hunting season take effect on many Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state. Antler criteria have changed for multiple WMAs and generally reflect an increase in minimum main beam and inside spread requirements. For WMAs on which they hunt, hunters need to familiarize themselves with all 2014 – 2015 WMA regulations which are found at WMA permit stations and online at www.mdwfp.com/wma.

Wildlife Habitat Improvements and New Handicapped-Accessible Hunting Area on Pascagoula River WMA
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently partnered with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) to improve wildlife habitat and create a handicapped-accessible hunting area on the Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (PRWMA). The PRWMA is 37,000 acres of predominately bottomland hardwood forest located within George and Jackson counties in the southeast corner of the state.

Mississippi Rabbit Season Opens October 18
JACKSON – Mississippi’s 2014 – 2015 rabbit hunting season opens October 18 and closes February 28. The bag limit is eight per day. Rabbit hunting is a fun and exciting way to spend time with family and friends and is a great way to introduce new people to hunting.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo and “Lure You to the Lake” Family Fun Day at Tippah County Lake
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo and family fun day at Tippah County Lake on Saturday, October 11. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake fishing permits have been waived for the day, and families are invited to stay and fish with their young anglers after the youth event. Tippah County Lake is located 2.5 miles north of Ripley off Hwy 15.

VEC to Host Gourd Program
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a “Better Gourds and Gardens II” program on Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m.

MDWFP & the City of Biloxi to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Biloxi are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Hiller Park Recreation Area on Saturday, October 11. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Hiller Park is located on Hiller Drive in Biloxi.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Kemper County Lake
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Kemper County Lake on Saturday, October 11. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. Kemper County Lake is located northeast of DeKalb off Hwy 397.

2014 Fall Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the fall fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fishing in this region has already started to improve as water temperatures decrease. “Fish feed more in the fall preparing for the winter months” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “Fall offers some of the best fishing of the year, but it is often overlooked as people concentrate on hunting season.” said Stubbs. Bass anglers should target lakes that have large shad and shiner populations like Pickwick, Bay Springs, and the Canal Section Lakes A through E. In addition, bass fishing has been exceptional at Trace State Park this year as many fish over five pounds have been caught. “We expect Trace to carry that momentum into the fall season, and remain a prime destination for area bass anglers.” said Stubbs.

MWFP Foundation to Host Super Hunt for Youth With Disabilities
Jackson – The Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (Foundation) will host its second annual "Super Hunt" during the weekend of October 31 - November 2. This free event is open to physically challenged or impaired youth ages 6 - 17 and includes a day of hands-on activities at Bass Pro Shops, guided deer hunts on private lands across central Mississippi, and a banquet for participants and their families.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Lake Bogue Homa
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Bogue Homa on Saturday, October 4. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. Lake Bogue Homa is located six miles east of Laurel off Hwy 84.

Mississippi Deer Archery Seasons Open October 1 & 15
JACKSON – Many Mississippians are looking forward to the opening of deer archery season on October 1 for the Hill and Delta Zones and October 15 for the Southeast Zone. Longbows, recurves, compound bows, and crossbows are all considered legal archery equipment and can be used during all seasons for deer. There is no minimum or maximum draw weight, no minimum arrow length, and fixed or mechanical broadheads may be used.

Squirrel Season Opens October 1
JACKSON – The 2014 – 2015 Mississippi squirrel hunting season opens soon. Squirrel hunting is a great way to spend time with family and introduce new hunters to the outdoors. Squirrel hunters will notice some changes to the season this year.

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day at “Outdoorama on the Rez”
JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) invites Mississippians to join in the nationwide celebration of hunting, fishing, shooting, and wildlife conservation on September 27, National Hunting and Fishing Day, by attending “Outdoorama on the Rez.” National Hunting and Fishing Day was created in 1971 to celebrate hunting and fishing and to recognize America's sportsman-based system of conservation funding. That system now generates more than $1.7 billion per year and benefits all who appreciate wildlife and wild places.

Apply Now for Rabbit Hunts at Trim Cane and Nanih Waiya WMAs
JACKSON – Applications are now available for draw rabbit hunts with dogs on Nanih Waiya and Trim Cane Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). To participate in these hunts, applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws before October 15. Applicants must have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt. After purchasing or renewing a hunting license, applicants must wait 24 hours before applying.

Early Teal and Rail Seasons Open September 13
JACKSON – Fall is approaching, and with it comes Mississippi’s first duck hunting opportunity when the early teal season opens on September 13. The 16-day season will end on September 28. Hunters should make sure their hunting license is current for the 2014 – 2015 hunting season, complete with Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification for Mississippi. Hunters will also need to purchase state and federal waterfowl stamps. The bag limit for the September teal season is six birds per person per day (all teal species) with no more than 18 in possession.

MDWFP & the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Patsy on Saturday, September 13. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Lake Patsy is located in Lamar Park in Oxford.

Lefleur’s Bluff State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at the Mayes Lake in Lefleur’s Bluff State Park on Saturday, September 6. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Lefleur’s Bluff State Park is located on Lakeland Terrace off Lakeland Drive in Jackson.

Dove Hunters Reminded to Check for Bait Before Hunting
JACKSON – Opening day of dove season is one of the most anticipated hunting days of the year, and a great time for fun and fellowship with friends and family. When heading to a dove field, hunters should take serious notice of how the field was prepared before hunting. Hunting migratory birds with the aid of bait is illegal, and it is the hunter’s responsibility to know if the field is baited or not. A brochure on dove field preparation and hunting regulations can be found online at www.mdwfp.com/dove.

Be Legal this Dove Season
JACKSON – All Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks conservation officers will be working with federal officers during Mississippi’s dove seasons to ensure hunters are in compliance with state and federal hunting laws. Before hunting migratory game birds, hunters need to be sure their hunting license is current for the 2014-15 hunting seasons, complete with Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. HIP certification is required for hunting all migratory game birds and is required for each state hunted. HIP certification is completed when, upon purchasing a license, hunters are asked questions about their migratory game bird harvest from the previous hunting season. The most frequent citation written in Mississippi has been no hunting license. This violation has a direct impact on conservation due to the loss of Federal Aid dollars to the state. Hunters should also be sure shotguns are not capable of holding more than three shells and should be aware of how their hunting field was prepared

Mississippi’s Alligator Hunters Prepare for Season Opening
JACKSON – Over 1,100 permitted hunters and their guests recently attended the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) mandatory alligator training courses to prepare for the permitted alligator hunts on public waterways and private lands in 2014. These mandatory courses, held at Jones County Junior College, Delta State University, and Roosevelt State Park were led by MDWFP biologists and conservation officers. Course topics included alligator biology, research projects, legal capture and dispatching methods, skinning and processing, proper documentation, license purchasing procedures, and boating safety.

Dove Season Fast Approaching
JACKSON – Dove hunting seasons will open on September 1 in the North Zone and September 13 in the South Zone. The North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35. The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35.

Current Hunting Season Information on MDWFP App
JACKSON—We have learned over the past week that some iPhone iOS7 users are not receiving current information from our Pocket Ranger app. All other smartphone operating systems appear to be receiving current information. This has been particularly confusing concerning the opening time for the upcoming dove hunting season, which will be one half hour before sunrise on private lands. Hunters need to check specific opening times/dates for WMA dove hunts on Wildlife Management Areas and the Private Lands Dove Field Program.

Dove Hunting Opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas
JACKSON – Opening day of dove season is one of the most anticipated and popular hunting days of the year for many Mississippians. Dove season brings the first hunting opportunity of the fall as the long and hot Mississippi summer comes to a close. One goal of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is to provide quality outdoor recreation. Providing safe, high quality opportunities for dove hunters on our Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) is a key part of this goal. Many WMAs are open to dove hunting, but 16 of these areas have designated, prepared dove fields. These 16 WMAs include Black Prairie, Canal Section, Charles Ray Nix, Copiah County, Divide Section, Hell Creek, Howard Miller, Indianola, Leroy Percy, Mahannah, Malmaison, Muscadine Farms, Okatibbee, O’Keefe, Tuscumbia, and Yockanookany.

ATV Riding in Public Streams is Illegal
JACKSON - Fisheries Biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) want to remind All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) drivers that riding in streambeds can be harmful to fish habitat and fish, and may be unlawful. ATVs disturb gravel, sand, and vegetation in stream bottoms that serve as spawning areas for fish, cover for small fish, and attachment sites for insects, crawfish, and other aquatic fish food organisms.

McAlpine Lake in Amory Joins MDWFP Community Assistance Program
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau has accepted the City of Amory’s McAlpine Lake for participation in the MDWFP Community Assistance Program. McAlpine Lake is a 2.5 acre pond located on 10th Avenue North.

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Prentiss County
JACKSON – As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has prepared a dove field in Prentiss County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 20-acre field has been planted in browntop millet, corn, sunflowers and last year’s winter wheat crop is still standing. The crops were planted in alternating strips across the field and portions of each crop will be manipulated to attract doves for opening day and beyond. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.”

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Panola County
JACKSON – As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has prepared a dove field in Panola County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 31-acre field has been planted in browntop millet, sunflowers, and truck crops. The truck crops are various vegetable crops that will be mowed to scatter their seed followed by planting wheat as a winter cover crop. The browntop millet will be cut and baled for hay. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.”

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Rankin County
JACKSON – As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has prepared a dove field in Rankin County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 63-acre browntop millet field is located in the Monterey community. The millet will be cut and baled for hay prior to opening day. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy.”

MDWFP Offering Dove Hunting Opportunity in Kemper County
JACKSON – As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has prepared a dove field in Kemper County and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase. The 92-acre browntop millet field is located east of Scooba. “Dove hunting is very popular; however, the MDWFP has recognized that having access to properly prepared, family friendly dove fields can be difficult for people to find,” says Scott Baker, MDWFP Dove Field Program Leader. Baker says, “The MDWFP has partnered with a local farmer to make this field available for hunters. Our goal is to have a safe field that offers good hunting for the entire family to enjoy. The Kemper County field has been in our program since 2005 and has a history of attracting a large number of doves.”

MDWFP & the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Roebuck Lake
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Itta Bena Community Outreach Committee are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Roebuck Lake on Saturday, August 30. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The event will be located on Roebuck Lake at the east end of Lakeside Drive in Itta Bena.

Golden Memorial State Park and Walnut Grove to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Walnut Grove will host a youth fishing rodeo at Golden Memorial State Park on Friday, August 29. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 4 p.m. Golden Memorial State Park is located on Damascus Road near Walnut Grove.

VEC to Host Autumn Tree Program
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Tree Identification program on Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m.

Mississippi's Hunter Education Classes Are in Full Swing
Jackson – Hunting season is right around the corner, and hunter education classes are in full swing across the state. These classes, which teach firearm safety, wildlife conservation, and sportsman ethics, have been very successful in training the next generation of Mississippi's sportsmen and women and reducing the number of hunting accidents. Classes are taught by MDWFP staff and volunteer instructors and are also available online. The schedule for hunter education classes, which is updated regularly, is found at www.mdwfp.com.

Mississippi’s 2014-2015 Waterfowl Seasons Announced
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks considered dates for the 2014 - 2015 waterfowl hunting seasons at its July 14 meeting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released late-season frameworks in early August providing a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates. “Breeding duck populations were at record levels in 2014, so we were once again offered liberal season frameworks, which include a 60-day duck season with a six bird daily bag limit,” said James Callicutt, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Waterfowl Program Biologist.

Deer Hunting Applications Available for Canemount WMA
JACKSON - Canemount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is composed of approximately 3,500 acres located in the Loess Bluffs of Claiborne County near the Mississippi River. These hills have very deep and fertile top soil with a very high component of cherrybark oak in the timber stands. The Canemount property has a long history of trophy deer management. Hunting Canemount WMA will be a totally unique hunting experience compared to other WMAs. Hunters looking for a truly special hunting opportunity with a high chance of seeing and harvesting game should look no further than Canemount WMA.

Prescribed Burning Program Accepting Applications
Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Wildlife Mississippi, and others to provide cost-share for prescribed burning on private lands. Since its inception in 2011, the “Fire on the Forty” program has provided cost-share funding for prescribed burning on more than 23,000 acres in north and south Mississippi.

Bag Limit Regulation Changes for Upcoming Deer Season
JACKSON – Mississippi’s 2014 – 2015 deer hunting season will provide more liberal antlerless opportunity on private lands and will better manage antlerless opportunity on U.S. Forest Service National Forests (USFS). This regulation change is intended to aid in the proper management of Mississippi’s deer herd while providing maximum opportunity to hunters without negative impacts to the resource.

Hunter Orange Regulation Changes for Upcoming Deer Season
JACKSON – New for the 2014 - 2015 deer hunting season are changes in “hunter orange” regulations. When hunting deer during any firearms season for deer, a hunter must wear in full view at least five hundred square inches of solid unbroken fluorescent orange unless hunting in a stand at least twelve feet above ground or in a fully enclosed deer stand or blind. However, hunters must wear hunter orange while traveling to and from their stand. Hunters are also encouraged to carry a light while walking into the woods before daylight or leaving after dark.

Legal Weapon Changes for Upcoming Deer Season
JACKSON – New for the upcoming 2014 - 2015 deer hunting season are changes in “legal weapons” regulations for private lands in Mississippi. During any open season on deer with primitive weapons after November 30, deer hunters may use any legal weapon of choice on private lands. This regulation change was made during the 2013 Legislative Session but will be implemented beginning with the upcoming 2014 – 2015 deer hunting season.

Malmaison WMA Public Meeting Scheduled for August 12
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a public meeting regarding changes to future water level management in the Malmaison Wildlife Management Area (WMA) greentree reservoir (GTR). The meeting will be on August 12 at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Grenada County Building located at 1240 Fairground Road in Grenada.

Deer, Early Teal, and Rabbit Hunt Applications Available August 1
JACKSON – Beginning August 1, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will accept draw permit applications for deer, early season teal, and rabbit hunts on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws and have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt. After purchasing or renewing your license you must wait 24 hours until you can apply.

Vicksburg Men Plead Guilty to Wildlife Violations
Jackson - Dusty Wayne Murphy and Michael Shane Uzzle Jr., both of Vicksburg, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Warren County Justice Court to separate wildlife violations. Murphy was fined $2500 plus court costs for the illegal harvest of an alligator. Uzzle was fined $2000 plus court costs for the illegal harvest of a paddlefish.

Special Youth Dove Hunting Opportunities on WMAs
JACKSON – In Mississippi, fall officially begins with fast-action dove hunts on warm September afternoons. Dove hunting is an excellent opportunity to introduce youth to hunting and shooting sports. The social atmosphere of dove hunting also introduces youth to the experience of the hunting camp tradition and provides opportunity for quality time spent in the outdoors with family and friends. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) seeks to provide a unique hunting opportunity for youth on our Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). This year there will be two special youth dove hunts held on Black Prairie and Mahannah WMAs.

Mallard Pointe Golf Course Renovations Underway
JACKSON – The greens renovation project at Mallard Pointe Golf Course, located at John W. Kyle State Park in Sardis, is in full swing. The greens were sprigged with Mini Verde Bermuda grass on July 18, and should be ready for play by mid- September. This renovation follows the work that was done last summer at Quail Hollow Golf Course at Percy Quin State Park as well as the upgrades made to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park Golf Course in 2012.

Summer Opportunities Abound on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area
JACKSON – Each summer thousands of people flock to the 37,000-acre Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in George and Jackson counties. Fishing is the most popular summer pastime for these WMA visitors, and anglers have plenty of water from which to choose. The Pascagoula River winds along the entire length of the WMA. Dozens of oxbow lakes are scattered throughout the area. Handicap accessible piers on select lakes provide opportunity to disabled anglers. However, more than just fishermen utilize the waters of Pascagoula River WMA. Casual boaters, canoers, and kayakers all get in on the fun. Swimmers and sunbathers soak up rays on the numerous sandbars that line the river. Nighttime also brings out users who enjoy hunting big bullfrogs in the swamp backwaters.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Clay 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 Clay County. The workshop will be held at the Clay County USDA-NRCS Service Office at 122 North Jackson Street off of Hwy 50 East in West Point on Thursday, July 31 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 extension office at (662) 494-5371.

Application Deadline Extended for Family Fish Camp at Tombigbee State Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Family Fish Camp at Tombigbee State Park near Tupelo on August 1 and 2. Times for the camp are 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The camp is open to youth ages 10-15; its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s families to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing. To make this a family outing, at least one parent (or legal guardian 21 years of age or older) is required to attend the camp with a youth participant.

New Commissioner Appointed to Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
Jackson – The Commission on Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks swore in its newest member, Bill F. Cossar, at its July meeting. Cossar, a Charleston native and University of Mississippi alumnus, will represent District One (Northeast MS), replacing former Commissioner John C Stanley, IV.

Mississippi’s 2014 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons Announced
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has approved dates for the 2014-2015 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds. Early migratory game bird hunting seasons set at the July meeting include resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, dove, and rails. This year, early seasons will be similar to recent years with a few minor changes.

Tornado Damage Cleanup Continues at Elvis Presley Lake
JACKSON – Elvis Presley Lake, located in Tupelo, remains closed following the April 28 tornado that damaged lake grounds and facilities. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been coordinating with Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assess damages on lake property

Road Improvements Made on Old River WMA
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel recently made improvements to roads on Old River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Old River WMA roads are often damaged from winter and spring flooding of the Pearl River. These roads provide management access as well as public access for hunting, fishing, and other recreational activities.

Bluegill and Redear Sunfish Stocked into Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau stocked 175,000 bluegill and 75,000 redear sunfish into Lake Tangipahoa on Wednesday, July 9. Lake Tangipahoa is located in Percy Quin State Park near McComb. The lake was closed and drained in 2012 after the levee was damaged following Hurricane Isaac.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Jackson County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Jackson County. The workshop will be held at the Lower Pascagoula Wildlife Management Area headquarters on Wade-Vancleave Road on Thursday, July 17 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 Stephen Brown at (601) 582-7721.

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 group camp at Paul B. Johnson State Park on Tuesday, July 15 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 Stephen Brown at (601) 582-7721.

Duck Breeding Populations Increase Again in 2014
JACKSON- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service recently completed their annual waterfowl population surveys on the breeding grounds in the northern United States and Canadian provinces. These surveys monitor waterfowl populations and critical wetland habitats, which are used to help set hunting season frameworks. Overall, North American breeding duck populations increased 8 percent from 2013 estimates to just over 49 million birds.

VEC to Host Bird Feeder Program
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a bird feeder program on Saturday, July 19 at 2 p.m. Participants will learn how to make feeders from natural items as well as items found around the house. Participants will also learn some interesting facts about common birds seen at backyard feeders.

MDWFP & Cleveland Park Commission to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Bear Pen Park
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Cleveland Park Commission are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Bear Pen Park on Saturday, July 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Bear Pen Park is located on Court Street in Cleveland.

Controlled Burning and Herbicide Application at Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area
JACKSON – Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in Panola County, four miles west of Sardis. Controlled burning and selective herbicides are used annually to help maintain the WMA’s 3,900 acres of quality grassland and woodland habitat, which are home to abundant wildlife.

LEAVE FAWNS ALONE
JACKSON – With the official start of summer, white-tailed deer fawns begin to appear in Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants to remind people to LEAVE FAWNS ALONE. Many Mississippians will be lucky enough to come across a newborn fawn this summer. However, well-meaning people think the fawn has been abandoned or is sick, and want to take the fawn home to care for it. “We tell people the same thing every year – please LEAVE FAWNS ALONE,” said MDWFP Deer Program Leader Lann Wilf.

MDWFP to Participate in Operation Dry Water 2014
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will participate in Operation Dry Water June 27-29 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI).

George P. Cossar State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at George P. Cossar State Park on Saturday, July 5. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. George P. Cossar State Park is located at 165 County Road 170 near Oakland.

Paddlefish Stocked in the Bouie River
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently stocked 2,020 paddlefish fingerlings into the Bouie River near Hattiesburg. MDWFP and USFWS have been working together to assess and restore paddlefish stocks in the Pascagoula River drainage. Partially funded by a State Wildlife Grant through the USFWS, adult paddlefish were collected from the Bouie River in March, transported to the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, and successfully spawned.

2014-2015 Youth Participation Initiative Program Announced
Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) will begin accepting applications on July 1, 2014. The YPI Program was established to provide funding for educating and recruiting youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, and natural resource conservation. During 2013-2014, the YPI Program provided a total of $164,956 to help fund 19 projects across Mississippi.

Family Fish Camp to be Held at Tombigbee State Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host a Family Fish Camp at Tombigbee State Park near Tupelo on August 1-2. Times for the camp are 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The camp is open to youth ages 10-15; its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s families to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing. To make this a family outing, at least one parent (or legal guardian 21 years age or older) is required to attend the camp with the youth.

MDWFP to Host a Youth Fishing Rodeo at Lake Perry
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Perry on Saturday, June 21. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Lake Perry is located 3 miles south of Beaumont off Hwy 98 on Lake Perry Road.

MDWFP & 100 Black Men of Jackson to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and 100 Black Men of Jackson are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education ponds on Saturday, June 21. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. The Turcotte Education Center is located at 506 Hwy 43 south of Canton.

History of Enid Lake Program to be Presented at VEC
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host the History of Enid Lake program on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m.

MDWFP and Southwest MS Community College to Host Pond Management Workshop in Pike County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Southwest Mississippi Community College (SMCC) are hosting a pond management workshop in Pike County. The workshop will be held on the SMCC campus in the Workforce Training Center, room 151 on Tuesday, June 17 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 Jill Gunnell at (601) 276-4811.

MDWFP & 4-H Sport Fishing Program to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and 4-H Sports Fishing are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Neshoba County Lake on Saturday, June 14. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. Neshoba County Lake is located off Highway 486 on road 1711 near Philadelphia.

Application Deadline Extended for Camp Fish at NMFH Visitor Education Center
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2014 at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake June 17-20. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15; its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing. There is no charge to attend the camp.

MDWFP & U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Grenada Lake
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Grenada Lake catfish ponds on Saturday, June 14. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. The ponds are located on the north end of the Grenada Lake dam.

MDWFP & Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo (1)
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association will host a youth fishing rodeo at Puskus Lake on Saturday, June 14. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Puskus Lake is located in Holly Springs National Forest northeast of Oxford.

Winter Water for Wildlife Project Application Period Extended
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Wildlife Mississippi, and other partners are pleased to announce the application period for the Winter Water for Wildlife project has been extended until June 20 due to abnormally wet planting conditions this spring. “Due to late planting, many farmers were worried they would not have crops harvested in time to meet the required flood dates. We re-evaluated our goals and decided to shorten the flooding period to allow more participations, while still providing important habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds,” said John Gruchy, MDWFP Habitat Program Coordinator.

MDWFP Celebrates 2014 National Fishing and Boating Week
JACKSON - Mark your calendar for National Fishing and Boating Week June 1 - 8, a national celebration of fishing and boating. June 7 and 8 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.

Gulf Coast Strain Walleye stocked into the Buttahatchie River in Monroe County
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked 54,000 Gulf Coast strain (GCS) walleye into the Buttahatchie River near Gattman. GCS walleye are native to rivers and streams in the Mobile River Basin, including the Buttahatchie and Tombigbee Rivers and their tributaries in Mississippi. Habitat enhancement projects have been completed on these rivers to help improve critical walleye habitat.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Simpson 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 Simpson County. The workshop will be held at the Simpson County Barn located at 2785 Simpson Hwy 49 in Mendenhall on Thursday, June 5 at 6 p.m.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Tate County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service is hosting a lake and pond management workshop in Tate County. The workshop will be held at the Tate County Extension Office at #1 French’s Alley in Senatobia on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

Katfishin’ Kids Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS), Brown Bottling Group, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Allied Waste Services, and local Wal-Mart stores are hosting the Katfishin’ Kids youth fishing rodeo at Turcotte Education Center on Saturday, June 7. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The Turcotte Education Center is located at 506 Hwy 43 South approximately 7 miles south of Canton.

Youth Fishing Rodeo to be Held at Sardis Lake
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and First Security Bank of Batesville are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Cypress Point Recreation area on the Lower Lake of Sardis on Saturday, June 7. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The Cypress Point Recreation area is located just off Highway 35.

MDWFP & the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Coahoma County Expo Center on Saturday, June 7. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The Coahoma County Expo Center is located at 1150 Wildcat Drive in Clarksdale.

Black Bear Killed in Vehicle Collision
JACKSON – On Monday, May 26, at approximately 9 p.m., a black bear was hit and killed by a vehicle traveling east on U.S. Hwy. 80 between Newton and Hickory in Newton Co. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officer Sgt. Tyler Norman responded to the scene of the accident and found the 168 pound male bear dead on the shoulder of the highway. The driver of the vehicle, who was uninjured, reported that the bear ran out of the woods and into the highway just after the vehicle had crossed Turkey Creek.

New Public Shooting Range Set to Open on May 30
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is pleased to announce the opening of Mississippi’s newest public shooting range. McHenry Shooting Range, located in South Mississippi near Perkinston, will open on May 30, following an Open House on May 29 from 1 - 4 p.m.

Conservation Officers Rescue Boy from Drowning, Administer CPR
JACKSON—On May 26, 2014 at approximately 2:20 p.m., MDWFP Conservation Officers Corp. Travis McDonald and Corp. Marc McCleskey were patrolling the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Lowndes County. As the wildlife officers passed under the Riverwalk in Columbus, McCleskey noticed three children franticly waving their hands at them. McDonald turned the boat around to evaluate the situation. One of the children informed the officers that his brother had gone under the water and had not resurfaced. While McDonald operated the boat, McCleskey removed his duty gear and entered the water in an attempt to locate the child. On the third dive, McCleskey located the child, who was unresponsive, on the bottom of the river channel. Once on the bank, McCleskey and McDonald alternated administering chest compressions; the victim began breathing. EMS arrived on the scene and assisted with transportation to Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Media Advisory: Grand Opening for Public Shooting Range
Who: The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host an open house to celebrate the opening of Mississippi’s newest public shooting facility, McHenry Shooting Range.

Tornado Damage on John Bell Williams WMA
JACKSON – On April 28, 2014, tornadoes impacted many areas across Mississippi. Several recreational areas in northeast Mississippi managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) received extensive damage to infrastructure and forests. One of those areas was John Bell Williams Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Located in Prentiss County, John Bell Williams WMA is a 2,930-acre WMA consisting of bottomland and upland hardwood forests owned by the Tombigbee Water Management District. The MDWFP cooperatively manages this area for wildlife and outdoor recreation, and the Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) assists with all forest management activities.

2014 Mississippi Alligator Hunting Season Applications Being Accepted
JACKSON – Alligator hunting applications will be accepted June 2 – 9 for persons interested in hunting during the 2014 alligator season on public waterways. Applications are available only at www.mdwfp.com. For 2014, there are 7 public waterway zones with 920 total available alligator hunting permits; individuals may apply for any or all zones. All applicants must provide a current email address and possess a valid Mississippi hunting license, residents of Mississippi, and at least 16 years of age. Residents who are exempt from purchasing a hunting license may apply by validating their exempt status on the application. All drawn applicants will be notified via email within five working days of the June 9 deadline.

Mississippi WMAs Offer More than Hunting and Fishing
JACKSON – Mississippi’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are known for providing ample hunting and fishing opportunities. However, each year when the spring turkey season comes to an end, many people stop visiting WMAs until the next fall hunting seasons begin. Hunting season does not have to be open to enjoy the outdoors on WMAs; there are many summertime recreational opportunities available. Fishing is popular throughout the summer on some WMAs such as Pascagoula River and Old River. Visitors can also enjoy activities such as hiking, canoeing, primitive camping, bird watching, outdoor photography, or a family picnic on a sandbar.

Camp Fish to be Held at Paul B. Johnson State Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2014 at Paul B. Johnson State Park near Hattiesburg July 21-24. 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.

Natchez State Park receives Florida-strain Largemouth Bass
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked approximately 3,750 Florida-strain largemouth bass into Natchez State Park Lake. This 230-acre lake, located in Adams County, has historically been known as one of the state’s top bass lakes and produced the state’s largemouth bass record of 18.2 pounds in 1992.

MDWFP and Olive Branch Parks & Rec to Host a Youth Fishing Rodeo at George M. Harrison Municipal Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Olive Branch Parks and Recreation Department will host a youth fishing rodeo at the George M. Harrison Municipal Park on Saturday, May 31. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. The George M. Harrison Municipal Park is located at 8700 Church Rd at the intersection of Hwy 305.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Itawamba 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 Itawamba County. The workshop will be held at the Itawamba County Extension Office located at 304 Wiygul Street in Fulton on Tuesday, May 27 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 extension office at (662) 862-3201.

Camp Fish to be Held at NMFH Visitor Education Center
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2014 at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake June 17-20. 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.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Lake Claude Bennett
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Claude Bennett on Saturday, May 24. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake Claude Bennett is located 20 miles east of Bay Springs on CR 503.

Local Anglers Assist with Largemouth Bass Stocking at Ross Barnett Reservoir
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked Florida-strain largemouth bass into the Ross Barnett Reservoir. In cooperation with Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and local bass anglers, the fish were transported and released into backwater areas to improve survival rates. Volunteers using the Hwy 43 ramps near Tommy’s Trading Post stocked approximately 130,000 bass; an additional 40,000 were dispersed from the Pelahatchie Bay Park ramp.

***Media Alert***Fallen Officers Memorial Changed to Wreath Laying
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a wreath laying ceremony to honor and remember its fallen Conservation Officers Thursday, May 15, at 9 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public and will be held at MDWFP headquarters located at 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS. This will be an abbreviated version of the previously planned observance due to the sudden loss of MDWFP Master Sgt. John Collum, 56, of Fulton.

MDWFP & Trace State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Trace State Park are hosting a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, May 17. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Trace State Park is located on Highway 6 approximately 6 miles west of Tupelo.

MDWFP & City of Carthage to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension Service, and the City of Carthage are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at McMillan Park pond on Saturday, May 17. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. McMillan Park is located on Highway 16 in Carthage.

Visitor Education Center to Host 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 17. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under; registration begins at 7 a.m.

Elvis Presley Lake Closed Until Further Notice
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) announced that Elvis Presley Lake is closed until further notice. The damage caused by the April 28, 2014 tornado has made the facility unsafe for all activities.

MDWFP & U.S. Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at the Desoto National Forest Airey Lake Recreation Area
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Airey Lake Recreation Area on Saturday, May 10. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The Airey Lake Recreation Area is located on City Road near Saucier.

MDWFP to Host “Lure You to the Lake” a Youth Fishing Rodeo and Family Fun Day at Prentiss Walker Lake
MDWFP to Host “Lure You to the Lake” a Youth Fishing Rodeo and Family Fun Day at Prentiss Walker Lake JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau will host a youth fishing rodeo and family fun day at Prentiss Walker Lake on Saturday, May 10. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake fishing permits will be waived for the day, and families are invited to stay and fish with their young anglers after the youth event. Prentiss Walker Lake is located south of Mize off Highway 35.

MDWFP & U.S. Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at the Dove Field Pond in the Chickasawhay Ranger District
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Dove Field Pond on Saturday, May 10. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 9 a.m. The Dove Field Pond is located on Forest Service Road 202 in Jones County.

2014 Alligator Hunting Seasons Announced
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks finalized regulations for the 2014 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi on April 16. The statewide public waters season will include opportunities in specific public waterways. A total of 920 permits will be available within 7 hunting zones across the state for the 10-day season, August 29 – September 8, 2014.

Winter Water for Wildlife Project Now Accepting Applications
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Wildlife Mississippi, and other partners are pleased to announce the Winter Water for Wildlife project. This project will assist private landowners in the Mississippi Delta by offering incentive payments to flood crop fields and manage wetland areas to provide habitat for migrating water birds. This includes existing Wetlands Reserve Program areas.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Adams County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Adams County. The workshop will be held at Natchez State Park located approximately 10 miles north of Natchez, off Highway 61, on Tuesday, May 6 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 preregister by calling the park office at (601) 442-2658.

Handgrabbing Season Opens May 1st
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.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Leflore 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 Leflore County. The workshop will be held at the Leflore County Extension Service Center at 309 West Market Street in Greenwood on Tuesday, May 6 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 (662) 453-6803 or the Delta region fisheries office at (662) 759-6444.

MDWFP to Honor Fallen Conservation Officers
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will honor and remember its conservation officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on May 15. The annual Memorial Service will be held at 9 a.m. at MDWFP headquarters located at 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS.

MDWFP & Meridian Parks and Recreation To Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Meridian Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Q. B. Sykes pond in Meridian on Saturday, April 26. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; and registration begins at 7 a.m.

MDWFP & U.S. Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Homochitto National Forest Clear Springs Recreation Area
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Clear Springs Recreation Area on Saturday, April 26. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The Clear Springs Recreation Area is located on Highway 84, just west of Meadville.

Prairie Restoration Efforts on Black Prairie WMA (1)
JACKSON – Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 5,200-acre area located in Lowndes County within the Black Belt Prairie soil region. Over the past few years, habitat management practices have been focused on restoring native prairie habitats on Black Prairie WMA. These habitat management practices will not only help in restoring native habitats, but will improve wildlife habitat on the area for an array of game and non-game species.

Habitat Improvement Projects Scheduled at Copiah County WMA
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) personnel have begun conducting prescribed burns on selected areas of Copiah County Wildlife Management Area (WMA). 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 the disease risk for longleaf pine seedlings, and promotes the growth of desirable herbaceous vegetation favorable to many wildlife species.

MDWFP To Host WMA Open House Meetings
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a series of six open house meetings across the state to gain public input on proposed Wildlife Management Area (WMA) regulations. These meetings will showcase proposed WMA regulation changes for the 2014-15 hunting season. All WMA users, adjacent landowners, hunting clubs, and interested citizens are encouraged to attend. “It is very important for MDWFP to meet with our customers and hear input from the public at every available opportunity,” said Chris McDonald, MDWFP Wildlife Bureau Assistant Director. “These meetings will give us the opportunity to promote our WMA system, gain input from the public regarding regulations, and provide information about WMAs to the public.”

MDWFP Studies Lake Washington Crappie
JACKSON –Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are tagging crappie on Lake Washington to estimate what proportion of the population is caught and harvested by anglers. Biologists recently tagged 400 crappies, 10 inches or longer, with pink tags that look like small pieces of spaghetti. The tags were attached to the fish’s back at the base of the dorsal fin. A telephone number and a unique identification number are printed on each tag.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Marshall County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Marshall County. The workshop will be held at the Marshall County Extension Office at 810 Highway 178 East in Holly Springs on Thursday, April 17 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 Marshall County Extension Office at (662) 252-3541.

MDWFP and Delta State University to Host Pond Management Workshop in Bolivar County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Delta State University are hosting a pond management workshop in Bolivar County. The workshop will be held at Delta State University in Caylor Hall, Room 105 located at the corner of Oak Street and Fifth Avenue in Cleveland on Thursday, April 24 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 preregister by calling the Delta region fisheries office at (662) 759-6444.

MDWFP & Natchez State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Natchez State Park are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Natchez State Park Lake on Saturday, April 19. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

MDWFP & U.S Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Choctaw Lake in the Tombigbee National Forest on Saturday, April 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 9 a.m. The lake is located 3 miles south of Ackerman on Highway 15.

MDWFP & Brookhaven Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Brookhaven Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, April 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. The pond is located in the Hansel King Sportsplex.

MDWFP & Tupelo Parks and Recreation Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Tupelo Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Veterans Park pond on Saturday, April 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Prescribed Burning Underway in North WMA Region
JACKSON – Smoke has been rising from Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in north Mississippi to benefit wildlife. Since early February, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks WMA managers have implemented prescribed burns across designated areas on Charles Ray Nix, Hell Creek, Divide Section, and Canal Section WMAs. In addition, prescribed burning has been conducted by the U.S. Forest Service on Chickasaw and Upper Sardis WMAs. The seasonal managed use of fire is essential to enhance and maintain habitat for numerous game and non-game wildlife species. Prescribed burning during late winter and early spring maintains natural vegetation in a state that provides food and cover for wildlife. These “cool season” burns also minimize damage to timber. Prescribed burning will also take place on selected WMAs during late summer and early fall. These hotter “growing season” burns help control undesirable hardwood growth in old fields, reduce thick vegetation that limits habitat quality, and reduce hazardous fuel conditions for wild fires.

New State Record Rainbow Trout Caught
JACKSON - On Saturday, March 22, a Mississippi angler landed a unique fish that does not naturally exist this far south. Tommy Ware of Ocean Springs was fly fishing at a private pond in Scooba when he hooked a 3 pound 10 ounce Rainbow Trout. Mr. Ware caught the trout on a black wooly bugger fished on a 4x tippet and 5 pound test fishing line. After doing some research, Mr. Ware discovered that his lunker Rainbow Trout was larger than the current state record of 2 pounds 15 ounces, which was caught in Lake Whittington in 2001.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Attala 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 Attala County. The workshop will be held at the Attala County Extension Office located at 715 Fairground Road in Kosciusko on Thursday, April 3 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 (662) 289-5431.

MDWFP and Canton Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Canton Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center ponds on Saturday, March 29. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. The ponds are located at the MDWFP Central Region Office on State Highway 43, approximately 5 miles south of Canton.

Wildlife Habitat Improvements Planned for Pascagoula River WMA
JACKSON – This spring, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will conduct habitat improvements on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a 37,000-acre WMA located within George and Jackson counties in southeast Mississippi. Although predominately composed of bottomland hardwood forest, the WMA contains scattered pine sites along its perimeter where prescribed burning is applicable.

MDWFP and Wall Doxey State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Wall Doxey State Park are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the park pond on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under, and registration begins at 8 a.m. Wall Doxey State Park is located on

2014 Fishing Forecast for Mississippi Delta Lakes
As March begins, many Mississippi anglers are anticipating warmer spring weather and the start of a new fishing season. After a slow fishing season in 2013 on many Mississippi River oxbow lakes, anglers are hopeful that fishing will improve in 2014

Upcoming Habitat Management Activities on Wildlife Management Areas
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 across the state.

MDWFP Partners to Manage Wetland Habitat on Private Lands
JACKSON – Mississippi Partners for Fish and Wildlife (MPFW), a partnership of state and federal agencies, conservation organizations and private companies, is working to improve wetland habitat on privately-owned land for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife. MPFW is seeking to enroll new private land wetland projects, and the application period will end May 1, 2014.

Spring Turkey Season Opens March 15
JACKSON – It is time for Mississippi’s turkey hunters to practice their yelping and dust off their shotgun. The spring turkey season opens March 15 and ends May 1. Opportunities to pursue spring gobblers are plentiful across the Magnolia State, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) anticipates that hunting success will be good in 2014. “Jake sightings were up across most areas of the state last spring as a result of a very good hatch during the summer of 2012,” says Dave Godwin, MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Coordinator. “This should mean good numbers of two-year-old gobblers, good gobbling activity, and solid success rates,” says Godwin. “We do seem to be off to another relatively late spring, so peak gobbling activity might occur later in the season once the weather warms up.”

MDWFP to Host 2014 Archery Tournaments for Mississippi Schools
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will host three tournaments for students participating in its Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) program. Over 3,000 student archers representing over 200 schools will compete in North and South region tournaments and the overall AIMS State Archery Tournament in Jackson.

Fishing 2014: Flood Control Reservoirs
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists predict fishing success in 2014 on Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes.

New Fisheries Rules Effective March 26
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) announced several regulation changes that will become effective on March 26, 2014. One of the rule changes bans anglers from using limb lines and set hooks at Lake Washington in Washington County; however, sport fishing trotlines, free floating fishing devices (jugs), and Yo-Yos will be allowed.

Education Center to Host Bat Program
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a program about bats on Saturday, March 15 at 2 p.m. This program focuses on Mississippi bat species, bat diets, bat habitats and more.

MDWFP Opens Campground at Neshoba County Lake
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will open a new and improved campground at Neshoba County Lake on March 7, 2014. The campground has 22 newly developed camp sites providing water, sewer, and 100 amp electrical services. The sites were built to accommodate camping for recreational vehicles on one of MDWFP’s most popular state fishing lakes.

2014 Fishing Forecast for East Central Mississippi Lakes
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the upcoming fishing season in east central Mississippi. During summer and fall population sampling on Ross Barnett Reservoir, evidence of a tremendous shad spawn was observed. The large numbers of bait fish will provide quality forage for largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. “Fall sampling revealed an increase in abundance of largemouth bass from last year,” said MDWFP fisheries biologist Ryan Jones.

2014 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about the upcoming fishing season in northeast Mississippi. Results from our fall 2013 population sampling on state lakes and state park lakes revealed high catch rates of small bass in Elvis Presley Lake, Lake Lowndes State Park, Tippah County Lake, and Tombigbee State Park.

Project WILD Aquatic – Teacher Workshop
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a “Project WILD Aquatic” teacher workshop presented by the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. This event will take place on Saturday, March 29 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Deadline for registration is March 17.

2014 Spring Fishing Forecast for Southeast Mississippi Lakes
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are anticipating a productive 2014 fishing season. Population sampling during fall 2013 revealed good catch rates for both Largemouth Bass and young sunfish in the southeast region state lakes. “The cooler temperatures this winter reduced the vegetation in a few of our state lakes which should make fishing easier. We’ve had successful spawns of Bluegill and Largemouth Bass that will produce large year-classes and provide great fishing in coming years,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist, Stephen Brown.

2014 Fishing Forecast for Southwest Mississippi
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists look forward to the upcoming fishing season. “This year should be a great time to be on the water if you are a bass angler,” said MDWFP fisheries biologist, Jerry Brown. “Our state fishing lakes have abundant bass populations and we want to encourage anglers to harvest some of the small bass they catch.” added Brown. Biologists sampled Lake Jeff Davis and Lake Mary Crawford during the fall and found many bass that were 12 inches and less.

2014 Youth Fishing Rodeos
JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has finalized the 2014 Youth Fishing Rodeo schedule. Fishing rodeos are open to youth ages 15 and under. The schedule will be published in the March-April edition of Mississippi Outdoors magazine and can be found online at www.mdwfp.com under the Education and Outreach tab of the Fishing and Boating page.

Museum to Host Pascagoula River Lecture on March 4
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science continues the First Tuesday Lecture Series on March 4, 2014 from noon until 1 p.m. Becky Stowe, Terrestrial Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, will present "Preserving the Pascagoula - Habitats and History."

Museum to Host 11th Annual “Fossil Road Show”
Pack up your fossils and hit the road! The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science invites you to bring your fossil discoveries to the 11th Annual Fossil Road Show on Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. “Our team of scientists will provide their expert opinions about the ages and identities of your fossils,” says Museum Paleontology Curator, George Phillips.

Lake Monroe Closed for Renovations
JACKSON – Lake Monroe, located north of Aberdeen, is now closed to public access. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has completed the process of draining the lake in preparation for planned renovations. Lake Monroe was built in 1954, making it one of the oldest State Lakes managed by MDWFP.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Game Bird and Prescribed Fire Workshops
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Mississippi State University are hosting workshops to teach landowners how to better manage their property for bobwhite quail and wild turkeys and to educate landowners about prescribed fire. These workshops will be held on consecutive days (Game Bird Workshop on day 1 and Prescribed Fire Workshop on day 2) in both north and south Mississippi. The first workshops will occur on February 21 - 22 at the Panola County Extension Building and Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area, respectively. The second workshops will be held February 28 - March 1 at Percy Quin State Park.

White-tailed Deer Season Still Open for Southeast MS Hunters
JACKSON – The white-tailed deer hunting season for most Mississippi hunters came to an end January 31, but that is not the case for southeast Mississippi hunters. Hunters within the Southeast Deer Management Zone will be able to hunt through February 15 during the open primitive weapon and youth gun seasons.

Lake on Charlie Capps WMA to Re-open February 16
JACKSON – The forty-acre lake on Charlie Capps Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will re-open to the public for fishing on Sunday, February 16. While the lake was closed, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) biologists re-stocked the lake with hybrid crappie and redear sunfish.

2014 Youth Art Contest
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2014 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 15, 2014.

MDWFP Proposes Fisheries Rule Changes 1-27-14
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) announced several proposed regulation changes for the upcoming fishing season. One of the proposed rule changes will ban anglers from using limb lines and set hooks at Lake Washington in Washington County; however, sport fishing trotlines, free floating fishing devices (jugs), and Yo-Yos will be allowed. Another proposed change will place a 15-inch minimum size limit and a daily creel limit of two fish for largemouth bass at Grenada Lake North Abutment Lake. Creel limits for the Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area ponds in Panola County will increase to statewide limits for all fish if the rule is adopted. Skiers visiting State Fishing Lakes will be allowed to ski on Memorial Day and the July 4th and Labor Day holidays from noon until sunset.

Turkey Hunting Applications Available for Canemount WMA
JACKSON - Canemount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located near Port Gibson in Claiborne County. Canemount WMA includes approximately 3,500 acres of hardwood forests and turkeys are abundant. Turkey hunters looking for a truly special hunting opportunity with a good chance of seeing and harvesting game should look no further than Canemount WMA.

Wildlife Management Area Turkey Hunting Applications Available
JACKSON – On January 15, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) began accepting applications for turkey hunting on selected Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Permitted turkey hunts are offered to provide a quality turkey hunting experience and are available on 15 WMAs across the state. To participate in these hunts, applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws before February 15 and have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt.

Youth Turkey Hunting Applications Available for Canemount WMA
JACKSON - Canemount Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located near Port Gibson in Claiborne County. Canemount WMA includes approximately 3,500 acres of hardwood forests and turkeys are abundant. Hunters looking for a truly special youth turkey hunting opportunity with a good chance of seeing and harvesting game should look no further than Canemount WMA.

Got Fish Fishing Seminars at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Museum of Natural Science will host its annual “Got FISH?” fishing seminar program, moderated by “Mississippi Outdoors” TV show co-host Randy Newell, on January 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. This event is included in the regular Museum admission fee.

2014 Youth Participation Initiative Squirrel Hunts
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is partnering with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host seven youth squirrel hunts throughout Mississippi on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Hunt locations will be Canal Section WMA, Caney Creek WMA, Copiah County WMA, Twin Oaks WMA, Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, Sardis Waterfowl WMA, and Pascagoula River WMA. These hunts were developed to introduce youth to small game hunting and conservation. The hunts are provided at no cost to participants.

Access Improvements made on Pascagoula River WMA
JACKSON – Many improvements were made last fall on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA), including the reopening of Big Slough Road for motor vehicle use and the addition of four new deer data collection stations. Big Slough Road underwent major renovations, greatly improving user access. Users can now drive to the still hunting zone, as well as to the boat ramp on Lices Lake. On the north portion of the WMA, deer data collection stations were added next to permit stations on Cochran Dead River and East Wilkerson Ferry roads. Two deer data collection stations were also added on the south portion of the WMA at Deep Slough and Graham Lake roads. The addition of these deer data collection stations will decrease the distance hunters must travel to check-in harvested deer. All deer harvested on the WMA must be checked in.

Celebrate the New Year with the “First Day Hike” at a State Park
JACKSON — Start the New Year off right by connecting to the outdoors and getting some exercise with a “First Day Hike” at a state park. Staff at both Tishomingo and Trace State Parks will host guided hikes beginning at 10 a.m. on January 1, 2014. Hikers at Tishomingo State Park will meet at the Loochapola Lodge, and hikers at Trace State Park will meet at the Jason M. Stewart Memorial Trail.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp Announced
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is partnering with Ducks Unlimited and many volunteers to host the MDWFP Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp. The camp’s mission is to recruit and retain waterfowl hunters and increase support for wetland conservation and waterfowl hunting.

Mississippi’s State Lakes and Parks Offer Accommodations for Hunters
JACKSON – Each year thousands of anglers and campers take advantage of the many convenient and affordable overnight accommodations offered at Mississippi’s state lakes and parks. Hunters should also take advantage of these conveniences when making plans for a hunting trip. State lakes and parks are located in each region of the state and offer RV hook ups, primitive camping sites, and cabins near Wildlife Management Areas, National Forests, and National Wildlife Refuges. Whether you are looking to stay nearby for your early morning hunt or desiring to also enjoy the scenic views and a campfire with friends and family, state lakes and parks can definitely enhance your hunting trip.

Museum Merriment at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (1)
Make merry memories this season at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! “Join us for family holiday fun from interactive Creature Features with live animals to hands-on crafting and unique shopping,” explains Charles Knight, museum director.

2013 Fall Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the fall fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. Fishing in this region has already started to improve, as water temperatures decrease. “Fall fishing is often overlooked as most people start concentrating on hunting,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “However, in the fall, fish will feed more in preparation for the winter months producing some of the best fishing of the year,” said Stubbs. Fall bass anglers should target lakes that have large shad and shiner populations such as Pickwick, Bay Springs, Trace State Park, and the Canal Section Lakes A through E that make up the Tenn-Tom Waterway.

Planned Renovation at Lake Monroe Brings Fishing Opportunity
JACKSON – Lake Monroe, located north of Aberdeen, will be getting a facelift. Beginning in November, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will begin the process of draining the lake in preparation for planned renovations. Lake Monroe was built in 1954, making it one of the oldest State Lakes managed by MDWFP.

MDWFP & Mississippi Valley State University to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) will host a youth fishing rodeo at the MVSU campus pond on Saturday, November 2. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under; registration begins at 7 a.m. MVSU is located on Highway 82 in Itta Bena.

MDWFP and the City of Biloxi to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Biloxi are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Hiller Park Recreation Area on Saturday, October 26. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Hiller Park is located on Hiller Drive off of Pass Road in Biloxi.

Creepy Crafts and Spooky Science at 2nd Annual “Park after Dark”
Join the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) for “Park after Dark” and enjoy safe, family Halloween fun on Friday, October 25 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The MMNS is partnering with the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park for this family event.

MDWFP and Kemper Tourism to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Kemper County Tourism will be hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Kemper County Lake on Saturday, October 12. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Kemper County Lake is located northeast of DeKalb on CR 397.

MDWFP to Host 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, October 19. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

MDWFP Hosts “Lure U to the Lake” at Lake Bogue Homa
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and The Cliff White Chapter of the Mississippi Wild Turkey Federation are hosting a free family fishing day at Lake Bogue Homa on Saturday, October 5. Lake Bogue Homa is located off of Hwy 84, east of Laurel.

Tunica County Youth Fishing Rodeo Rescheduled for September 28
JACKSON – The Youth Fishing Rodeo, sponsored by The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Tunica County at the Paul Battle, Jr. Arena & Exposition Center, has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 28. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The Center is located on Highway 61 in Tunica.

MDWFP & Tunica County to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Tunica County will host a youth fishing rodeo at the Paul Battle, Jr. Arena & Exposition Center on Saturday, September 14. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The Center is located on Highway 61 in Tunica.

MDWFP & Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association will host a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Patsy on Saturday, September 14. The fishing rodeo is open to youth ages 15 and under. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Lake Patsy is located in Oxford.

New Exhibit Features American Alligator and Record Breaking Alligator Gar
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science is proud to announce the installation of a new permanent exhibit featuring an alligator gar and an American alligator recently acquired by the Museum. “Look up just before you reach the Pearl River Aquarium at the Museum to see the mounted specimens,” invites Matt E. Roberts, Ph.D., Curator of Fishes.

Better Gourds and Gardens
JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a gourd program September 14 at 2 p.m. Participants young and young at heart will have the opportunity to create birdhouses from different types of gourds. Staff and volunteers will also share some creative, crafting ideas for inside and outside of the home using old flower pots. See examples, share tips, and try your artistic abilities! Supplies are provided but space is limited.

Brandon Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Black Bear
JACKSON – On August 14, 2013, Ryan C. Murphy, 32, of Brandon pled guilty in U.S. District Court to killing a Louisiana Black Bear, a federally protected animal under the Endangered Species Act.

Permits for North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges Now Available through MDWFP
JACKSON – A new license privilege is now available for purchase wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. This privilege, an annual user permit for the North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges (privilege code 606), is available through an innovative agreement between the MDWFP and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). The North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Complex, based in Grenada, includes Tallahatchie, Coldwater River, and Dahomey NWRs. The cost of the permit is $15 and allows users to hunt and fish on these three refuges for a year.

Golden Memorial State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - Golden Memorial State Park will be hosting a youth fishing rodeo on Friday, August 30. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years of age and under. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Golden Memorial State Park is located on Damascus Road in Walnut Grove.

Water Contact and Fish Consumption Advisory on Three Streams in Wayne County
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued a temporary water contact advisory on July 1 for Eucutta and Nicholson Creeks and a nearby portion of the Chickasawhay River. This advisory was issued due to oil spilling from a nearby well in Wayne County. Approximately three miles of Eucutta Creek and Nicholson Creek and 12 miles of the Chickasawhay River near Boice were affected. Clean-up efforts to remove the oil will continue for several days. MDEQ recommends that people avoid swimming, wading, and boating in these waters. In addition to the water contact advisory, people should also avoid eating fish from the affected area until further notice. Waters not included in this advisory will remain open to all fishing and boating activities, and all fish remain safe to consume.

MDWFP to Participate in Operation Dry Water
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will participate in Operation Dry Water June 28-30 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI).

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Jasper County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Jasper County. The workshop will be held in the Jasper County Multi-Purpose Building located at 37 West 8th Avenue in Bay Springs on Tuesday, July 9, at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the MDWFP regional office at (601) 859-3421.

Roosevelt State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - Roosevelt State Park will host a youth fishing rodeo on Saturday, June 29. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8 a.m. Roosevelt State Park is located on Highway 13 in Morton.

Lake on Charlie Capps WMA to Open for Fishing on July 1
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is excited to announce the opening of a forty-acre lake on Charlie Capps WMA. The majority of the original lake is now managed as a wildlife management area for waterfowl, but the smaller lake constructed inside the original lake bed will provide the public with excellent fishing opportunities.

Yalobusha County Wild Turkey Poachers Plead Guilty
A Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks investigation led to the apprehension and conviction of three Yalobusha County residents for poaching wild turkeys. The investigation was initiated as the result of a tip provided by a concerned citizen. One subject admitted to poaching wild turkeys for the last 18 years. The three men had been poaching wild turkeys together for about 8 years. The subjects killed the wild turkeys while trespassing on private lands; they pled guilty to all counts.

2013-2014 Youth Participation Initiative Announced
Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) will begin accepting applications on July 1, 2013. The YPI Program was established to provide funding for educating and recruiting youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, and natural resource conservation. During 2012-2013, the YPI Program provided a total of $171,953 to help fund 18 projects across Mississippi.

Buccaneer State Park Water Park Set to Open on June 13
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) on Tuesday announced that Buccaneer Bay Water Park will reopen on Thursday, June 13. Located on the beach in Waveland, the water park features a wave pool, water slides, kid’s splash area, and concession area.

MDWFP Fisheries Director Retiring
MDWFP Fisheries Director Retiring JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) announced that Fisheries Bureau Director Ron Garavelli is retiring June 30, after more than 39 years of experience in natural resource conservation. Garavelli started his career with MDWFP in 1977 as a fisheries biologist and became Fisheries Bureau Director in 1985. He is credited with the beginning of the Agency’s Youth fishing rodeo program and was very involved with design and development of the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center at Enid Lake.

Governor Bryant Proclaims June “Great Outdoors Month”
JACKSON— Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed June 2013 as "Great Outdoors Month," encouraging Mississippians to enjoy our state's natural beauty, and celebrate our commitment to conserve and enhance our wildlife, fisheries, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Reducing Snake Problems Around the Home
JACKSON—Snakes are as much a part of Mississippi life as mosquitoes, and, in most cases, are harmless, beneficial creatures that eat rodent and insects in residential yards. Of the 42 species of snakes native to Mississippi, only six are dangerous to humans: cottonmouth, copperhead, pygmy rattlesnake, coral snake, timber rattlesnake, and eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

Avoid Disturbing Ground Nesting Birds
JACKSON – The months of May and June are the peak nesting season for many birds. Some species, including wild turkeys and bobwhite quail, nest directly on the ground, often nesting adjacent to roadways, along field margins, or near forest edges, and proximity to these areas can lead to their disturbance by human activities. In the event that nest sites are discovered, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) urges citizens leave the area immediately and avoid unnecessary disturbance around the nest area in order to lessen the threat of undue detrimental impact. When feasible, the MDWFP recommends delaying pasture maintenance activities such as mowing or haying until July 1 to ensure the safety of nesting wild turkeys in these areas.

MDWFP & The 4-H Sport Fishing Program Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the 4-H Sport Fishing Program are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Neshoba County Lake on Saturday, June 8. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Neshoba County Lake is located just off Highway 486 on Road 1711 in Philadelphia.

MDWFP & the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Coahoma County Expo Center on Saturday, June 8. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 12 years and under. On-site registration will begin at 10:00 a.m., although pre-registration at the Chamber of Commerce office is preferred. Fishing will begin at 10:30 a.m.

MDWFP & U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sardis Lake to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sardis Lake, and the First Security Bank of Batesville are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Cypress Point Recreation Area at Sardis Lower Lake on Saturday, June 1st. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. To reach the Cypress Point Recreation Area take the North Batesville exit at I-55 and proceed East on Highway 35.

History of Ford’s Well
JACKSON - The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a program on the history of Enid Lake on June 1 at 2 p.m. The “History of Ford’s Well” will focus on an area located on the south side of Enid Lake. Ford's Well was dug in 1898 and became popular in the early 1900s because of the high mineral content of its water which was touted as a cure for many ailments. Visitors enjoy the area today as they dig into the past and enjoy recreational opportunities like the Spyglass Hill horseback trail.

June 1-2 Designated as Free Fishing Weekend in Mississippi
JACKSON—Each year the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) designates the first weekend in June as “Free Fishing Weekend” in Mississippi. On June 1-2, 2013, any person may sport fish without a fishing license or a state lake fishing or boating permit.

Public Access Improvements at O’Keefe WMA
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is continuing improvements to access roads at O’Keefe Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located near Webb in Quitman and Tallahatchie counties. Road improvements began last summer, but were not completed due to weather conditions. MDWFP strives to provide adequate public access on state owned WMAs.

Mississippians Urged to Wear Life Jacket as Part of Safe, Responsible Boating
JACKSON— As the weather warms up, families and friends gather together to enjoy the outdoors on the water – boating, fishing, jet skiing, and more. It is important to remember the safety precautions to take during all of these recreational water activities.

MDWFP & The Seth Harris Cancer Foundation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and The Seth Harris Cancer Foundation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Lake Claude Bennett on Saturday, May 25. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Lake Claude Bennett is located south of Highway 18 on Highway 503 near Rose Hill.

Eagle Lake receives Florida-strain Largemouth Bass
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked 120,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Eagle Lake on May 15. The bass were reared at MDWFP’s Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton. Eagle Lake is a 4,700-acre oxbow lake in Warren County that is widely known for excellent bass, crappie, and bream fishing.

Campground Renovation Upcoming at Neshoba County Lake
JACKSON – One of Mississippi’s most popular fishing destinations is about to get a facelift. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will be upgrading Neshoba County Lake’s campground. The project is scheduled to start in mid May, and includes 22 sites that provide water, sewer, and 100 amp electrical services. In addition, a new bathhouse will be constructed to accommodate campers. The project is expected to be completed by late November.

Northeast Mississippi Florida Largemouth Bass Stockings
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked over 100,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Bay Springs Lake and Lock C on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and Lake Lamar Bruce. The fish were reared at MDWFP’s Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton. Bay Springs and Lock C are popular bass fishing destinations among tournament and recreational anglers. Lake Lamar Bruce is still under renovation and closed to the public. It is scheduled to open in 2015 which will allow the bass to establish a strong population. “Florida-strain largemouth bass are typically more aggressive and grow larger than northern-strain largemouth bass” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “The goal of the Florida-strain bass stockings is to help improve fishing quality.”

Haley Haygood of Franklin County Awarded Archery Scholarship
Jackson - Franklin County High School’s Haley Haygood is the first competitor from the Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) Program to sign a college scholarship in the sport. Haygood recently signed an academic and archery scholarship with the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. The University of the Cumberlands is the first university in the country to offer athletic scholarships in the sport of archery.

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 at the Lyman Community Center on Highway 49 in Gulfport. The workshop will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. This workshop will allow biologists and private pond owners the opportunity to discuss management options to improve fish populations and habitat,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Jeremy McCain. “We talk to people each year that want to manage their ponds effectively and this is a great way for us to provide how-to information that can help pond owners achieve their goals.”

Visitor Education Center (VEC) at Enid Lake to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the VEC adjacent to Enid Lake on Saturday, May 18. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, catfish bait, and stringers.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lauderdale County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Lauderdale County. The workshop will be held at the East Mississippi Electric Power Association Office located at 2128 Highway 39 North in Meridian on Thursday, May 16, at 6:00 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond construction, fish stocking, vegetation control, fertilization, fish harvest, and more. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the MDWFP regional office at (601) 859-3421.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Oktibbeha County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Oktibbeha County. The workshop will be held in the Oktibbeha County Extension Office located at 106 Felix Long Drive in Starkville on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:00 p.m. Topics that will be covered include pond construction, fish stocking, vegetation control, fertilization, fish harvest, and more. A question-and-answer period will also allow pond owners to receive advice on specific problems they are experiencing with their ponds. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Oktibbeha County Extension Office at (662) 323-5916.

MDWFP and the Olive Branch Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at George M. Harrison Municipal Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Olive Branch Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the George M. Harrison Municipal Park (Soccer Complex) on Saturday, May 18. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The George M. Harrison Municipal Park is located at the intersection of 8700 Church Road and Highway 305.

Monster Fish Caught in the Upper Pearl River
JACKSON – Two local commercial fishermen caught one of the biggest fish of their fishing careers this weekend on the upper Pearl River in Leake County. Fishermen Michael Pigg and Tony Foster were checking their hoopnets on Sunday, May 5, when an extraordinarily large Smallmouth Buffalo was caught. The fish was 48 inches long and weighed 81.5 pounds. This may not be the only big buffalo that is caught this spring. According to Mr. Pigg, “The Smallmouth Buffalo are spawning, and big fish are in the same area. We may catch an even bigger one.”

MDWFP and the City of Carthage to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the City of Carthage are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at McMillan Park pond on Saturday, May 18. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. McMillan Park is located on Highway 16 in Carthage.

Bream Fishing Heating Up in Northeast Mississippi (1)
JACKSON –The bream bite has started to turn on. “Bream begin to move into their shallow spawning locations when the water temperature approaches 70 degrees. That’s where most lakes in this region are now.” said Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologist Tyler Stubbs. Bream nest in colonies of circular depressions in shallow water when they spawn. These areas resemble a honeycomb, making bream beds easy to find. “Most anglers are catching bream with crickets or redworms on the bottom or under a cork in 2 to 6 feet of water.” continued Stubbs.

MDWFP to Honor Fallen Conservation Officers
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), on May 16, will honor and remember those conservation officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. An Officer’s Memorial Service will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the MDWFP main office located at 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Jones County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Sandersville at the Sandersville Community Center on Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 p.m. “This workshop will allow biologists and private pond owners the opportunity to discuss management options to improve fish populations and habitat,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Jeremy McCain. “We talk to people each year that want to manage their ponds effectively and this is a great way for us to provide how-to information that can help pond owners achieve their goals.”

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Carroll County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Carroll County. The workshop will be held at the Carroll County Extension Office at 105B Washington Street in Carrollton on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00 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 MDWFP North Region Office at (662) 840-5172.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Coahoma County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop at the Coahoma County Extension office in Clarksdale at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013. “This free workshop is designed to better equip pond owners and future pond owners to maximize the potential of their ponds,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock. “Whether it’s how to control algae, how to improve the fishing, or anything in between, we want to help you enjoy your pond as much as possible.”

MDWFP and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Gator Pond on the Chickasawhay Wildlife Management Area southeast of Laurel on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under, and registration begins at 9:00 a.m.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Pike County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Pike County at the MDWFP South Region office in Magnolia on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, fish harvest, vegetation control, and more. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the MDWFP South Region office at (601) 783-2911.

Trace State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Trace State Park in Belden on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

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.

Camp Fish to be held at Turcotte Education Center
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting Camp Fish 2013 at the Turcotte Education Center in Madison County. The camp will be held June 17-20 and is open to kids ages 11 to 15. The camp’s purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

Legion State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Legion State Park, Lake Toppasha in Louisville, MS on Saturday, May 4, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under, and registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

MDWFP and City of Byram host Youth Fishing Day at Lake Dockery
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the City of Byram will host a youth fishing day at Lake Dockery on Saturday, May 4, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fishing will be open to youth ages 15 and under that are accompanied by an adult with a valid Mississippi fishing license.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Desoto County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Desoto County. The workshop will be held at the Hernando Public Library at 370 W Commerce Street (see http://www.firstregional.org/page7.html for a map) on Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 a.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 MDWFP North Region Office at (662) 840-5172.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lincoln County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Lincoln County. The workshop will be held at the Lincoln County Civic Center multi-purpose building located at 1096 Belt Line Dr. NE in Brookhaven on Thursday, April 25 at 6:00 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.

MDWFP & US Forest Service to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Clear Springs Recreation Area
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the US Forest Service are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Clear Springs Recreation Area on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The Clear Springs Recreation Area is part of the Homochitto National Forest and is located on Highway 84, just west of Meadville, MS.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Washington County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop at the Washington County Extension office in Greenville. The workshop will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013. “This free workshop is designed to better equip pond owners and future pond owners to maximize the potential of their ponds,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock. “Whether it’s how to control algae, how to improve the fishing, or anything in between, we want to help you enjoy your pond as much as possible.”

MDWFP & Meridian Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Meridian Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Q.B. Sykes pond on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The Q.B. Sykes pond is located at the Q.B. Sykes Park in Meridian.

Jackson Optimist Club Donates $1,000 to Fishing Rodeo Program
The Jackson Optimist Club held true to its motto “Friend of Youth” by donating $1,000 to the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. The donation will be used by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fishing Rodeo Program which introduces approximately 7,000 youth to fishing each year.

MDWFP to Dedicate Facilities at Roosevelt State Park
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will hold a dedication ceremony on Thursday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at Roosevelt State Park near Morton.

Fascinated with Fossils
The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Fascinated with Fossils program on Saturday, April 6th at 2:00 p.m.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop at Delta State University
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. The workshop will be held in room 105 of Caylor Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. “This free workshop is designed to better equip pond owners and future pond owners to maximize the potential of their ponds,” according to MDWFP fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock.

MDWFP Pond Management Workshop
JACKSON - The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Pond Management Workshop on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Tippah County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Tippah County. The workshop will be held at the Tippah County Extension Office located at 10791B Hwy 15 South in Ripley, MS on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilizing. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Tippah County Extension Office at (662) 837-8184.

MDWFP & Canton Parks and Recreation to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Turcotte Ponds
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and Canton Parks and Recreation are hosting a youth fishing rodeo at the Turcotte Education Center Fishing Rodeo ponds on Saturday, March 30, 2013. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years of age and under, and registration begins at 7:00 a.m. The Education Center is located on Highway 43 just east of the Natchez Trace on Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Rohnke Named 2012 MWF Conservation Educator of the Year
Jackson – Angel Rohnke, Assistant Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science, was recently named the 2012 Conservation Educator of the Year at the Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s (MWF) 53rd Mississippi Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet. The awards program recognizes and honors those whose achievements in natural resource conservation deserve statewide recognition. “Angel Rohnke is a well respected leader in Mississippi’s conservation community and is the go-to person when anyone in the conservation and natural resources education arena needs help with a special project or event,” said MWF President Rick Dillard.

Museum to Host 13th Annual NatureFEST on April 6, 2013
Museum to Host 13th Annual NatureFEST on April 6, 2013 Jackson – Now in its thirteenth year, “NatureFEST” will get visitors of all ages into the swing of spring on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science. “NatureFEST is a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating Museum trip, all wrapped into one exciting day,” explains education coordinator Megan Fedrick. Visitors can:

2013 Fishing Forecast for Mississippi Delta Lakes
Jackson – As the days become longer and temperatures climb, springtime months are some of the best times of the year to catch fish. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are optimistic about fishing in the Mississippi Delta this upcoming year. Many oxbows of the Mississippi River suffered from low water during the majority of 2012 which severely limited access, but recent rains and a rising Mississippi River have re-filled most lakes, including hot spots such as Lake Ferguson and Lake Beulah, which should improve the fishing and also lead to a good spawn this spring.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Madison County
Jackson - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Madison County. The workshop will be held in the Hunter Education Building at the MDWFP Regional Office located at 506 Hwy 43 South near Canton, MS on Tuesday, March 12 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 MDWFP regional office at (601) 859-3421.

Fishing 2013: Flood Control Reservoirs
Jackson - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists predict mixed fishing success in 2013 on the Corps of Engineers’ flood control reservoirs (Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada lakes). These are some of the best crappie waters in the nation, supporting about 1.5 million hours of fishing yearly.

Sardis Lake Anglers’ Comments Spawn Revised Crappie Regulations
Jackson – On February 11, 2013, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks passed Public Notice F18-3424 which regulates sport fishing methods, creel, and length limits. New black bass regulations were set for: Pickwick Lake – 15-inch minimum size limit; Davis Lake – 18 to 22-inch slot limit, one fish may be over 22 inches; Jeff Davis Lake – 16 to 20-inch slot limit, one fish may be over 20 inches, 15 fish daily creel limit; and Moon Lake – 5 fish daily creel limit.

MDWFP Android App
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks (MDWFP) is pleased to announce the release of their Hunting and Fishing Android Application. The Android version of the wildly popular MDWFP iPhone application contains a variety of useful tools and information for Mississippi hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts

Dr. Vilella to Present Results of Waterbirds Study on March 5, 2013
Jackson– The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science continues the “First Tuesday Lecture Series” on March 5, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Rotwein Theater. Dr. Francisco Vilella will present a lecture entitled "Resident and Neotropical Migrant Bird Communities of the Savanna Wetlands of the Orinoco River Basin, South America: Ecology and Conservation".

Shotgun Classes Available
JACKSON – The MDWFP Education and Outreach Department will continue to offer Intermediate and Advanced Shotgunning classes to our Mississippi hunters through the winter months at the Turcotte Education Center as well as other selected venues. The classes feature insights into connecting with moving targets in the field. Be sure to take advantage of these free of charge instructional gatherings which address subject matter that is only taught by professionals for fees in other states. Classes are held on Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and run until approximately 12:30 p.m. Consult the MDWFP website for one that fits your schedule.

Museum to Host 10th Annual Fossil Road Show
Jackson – Pack up your fossils and hit the road! The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science invites you to bring your fossil discoveries and get expert opinions about their ages and identities from our team of scientists at the 10th Annual Fossil Road Show on Saturday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Mississippi Marksmanship Program Goes Mobile
Jackson - The Mississippi Marksmanship Program is continuing its efforts to bring top notch shotgun and rifle shooting education to our state’s resident hunters. Many of our citizens did not have an opportunity to hunt when growing up due to their home in a city or because their parents worked long hours and did not have the opportunity to go hunting with them. The very same shooting lessons that were taught to youth years ago are now being offered to those who did not have the opportunity to experience Mississippi’s outdoors when young.

MDWFP continues fish stocking efforts on Deer Creek
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks hatchery personnel stocked 30,000 bluegill sunfish fingerlings in Deer Creek at Leland, MS, on January 30, 2013. This fish stocking addresses the fish kill that occurred during the summer of 2011. “Low oxygen and water levels contributed to a major fish kill in July of 2011, Deer Creek lost thousands of fish,” says Delta fisheries biologist Nathan Aycock. “Once water levels returned to normal, we found very low numbers of sport fish in the areas where the fish kill occurred.”

Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) announces new location for 2013 Mississippi Archery State Championship
Jackson – Since 2008 the AIMS State Championships has been held in Jackson at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Archery Center. This event has enjoyed great participation by archers from over 35 counties.

Crappie Tracking at Enid Lake
JACKSON - The fourth year of the cooperative crappie tracking project conducted by the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is starting up again on Enid Lake. The goal is to learn more about spawning areas of crappie in our local reservoirs.

2013 Youth Art Contest
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2013 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education Center (NMFH VEC) by May 15, 2013.

Play in the Rain(forest) at the Rainforest Adventure Exhibit!
Jackson, MS … Visit the Rainforest Adventure exhibit from January 26 – May 12, 2013 at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science. “Rainforest Adventure is a multisensory expedition to the tropical rainforests of the world,” explains Megan Fedrick, education coordinator. The exhibit highlights the challenges facing these unique ecological wonders. Visitors are introduced to scientists and the ways they study rainforests. Using costumes and props, children role-play as research assistants on a series of problem-solving adventures.

Fishing regulation changes proposed for 2013
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced several proposed regulation changes for the upcoming fishing season.

“Got Fish?” Set for January 26th at MS Museum of Natural Science
Jackson, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science will host the annual “Got FISH?” fishing seminar program, moderated by “Mississippi Outdoors” TV show co-host Randy Newell, on January 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The “Got Fish?” event is included in the regular Museum admission fee. Magnolia Crappie Club members will discuss lure selection and knot tying. Bring the family to experience SCUBA divers feeding the fish in the aquariums.

Family Fun Science Night at the Museum of Natural Science
JACKSON – Join us on January 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a night of hands-on science fun at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! “This event was created to provide an exciting time for families to experience science fun,” explains Libby Hartfield, museum director. Explore a touch tank. Interact with live animals. Watch a diver feed the fish at 7 p.m.

MDWFP Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp
JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has joined together once again with Mississippi State University, Delta Waterfowl, Delta Wildlife, and Ducks Unlimited to host the MDWFP Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp. The camp’s mission is to recruit and retain waterfowl hunters and increase support for wetland conservation and waterfowl hunting in Mississippi.

2013 Youth Participation Initiative Squirrel Hunt
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is partnering with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host seven youth squirrel hunts throughout Mississippi on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Lake Lamar Bruce Fish Stocked
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP), in cooperation with the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery, stocked approximately 150,000 bluegill and redear sunfish and 4,000 channel catfish into Lake Lamar Bruce on December 18, 2012.

Museum Merriment at The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
JACKSON - Make merry memories this season at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science! “Join us for a variety of fun activities from hands-on crafting and interactive Creature Features with live animals to unique shopping and old-fashioned holiday fun,” explains Libby Hartfield, museum director. For details please call 601-576-6000 or visit www.msnaturalscience.org. Click here for more information about the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

2012 MWFP Foundation Scholarship Awards
JACKSON - On Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Foundation announced the winners of the 2012 MWFP Foundation Scholarship Awards. Each year the Foundation grants scholarships through an open competitive system to worthy college students majoring in fields related to Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Details for the program can be found on the Foundation website: www.foundationmwfp.com.

MDWFP Announces Winner of Lifetime Sportsman License
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) today announced the winner of its Lifetime License drawing. Bobby L. Sherman of Louin, MS, is the recipient of a Resident Lifetime Sportsman License.

John Collum Awarded 2012 SEAFWA Officer of the Year
JACKSON – Master Sergeant John Collum, of Fulton, MS, a thirteen-year veteran of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, was recently awarded the 2012 SEAFWA Officer of the Year by the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Seventeen other top officers from across the southeast region of the United States were nominated for the prestigious award, bestowed annually since 1986.

MDWFP Offers Chance to Win Lifetime Sportsman License
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is offering Mississippi hunters and anglers the chance to win a Lifetime Sportsman License.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Roosevelt State Park
JACKSON -The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a youth fishing rodeo at Roosevelt State Park on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years old and younger, and registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Roosevelt State Park is located 2 miles SW of Morton at 2149 Hwy 13 South.

2012 Fall Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi Lakes
JACKSON - Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are excited about the fall fishing season in NortheastMississippi. Fall fishing in Northeast Mississippi has already started to improve, as water temperatures continue to gradually decrease. “In the fall, fish will start feeding more in preparation for the winter months” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Tyler Stubbs. “Some of the best fishing in this part of the state occurs during the fall, and is often overlooked, as most folks are concentrating on hunting season” said Stubbs. Fall bass anglers should target lakes that have large shad and shiner populations such as Pickwick, Bay Springs, TraceState Park, and the Canal Section lakes A through E.

MDWFP to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at RecCon Lake in Bolivar County
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP)Fisheries Bureau will host a youth fishing rodeo at RecCon Lake on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years old and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. RecCon Lake is located two miles west of Mound Bayou, off of West Mound Bayou Road in Bolivar County.

MDWFP & City of Biloxi Host Youth Fishing Rodeo at Hiller Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the City of Biloxi are hosting a youth fishingrodeo at Hiller Park in Biloxi on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The fishing rodeo is open to youth 15 years of age and under; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Hiller Park is located on Atkinson Road approximately 2 miles from Popps Ferry Rd.

MDWFP to hold Conservation Celebration November 3-4
Jackson, MS—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will hold “Conservation Celebration” November 3-4, 2012, in honor of its 80th Anniversary. The weekend-long celebration will include a festival at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) on Saturday, November 3, and free admission to MDWFP State Lakes, State Parks, and Wildlife Management Areas November 3-4.

“Edible and Useful Plants of the Gulf South” Lecture to be held at MMNS
Jackson, MS—Join Dr. Charles Allen; Senior Botanist from Colorado State University, for a discussion about edible and useful plants of the Gulf South on Tuesday, October 2 from noon until 1 p.m. in the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science’s Rotwein Theater. This lecture will be a hands-on (actually mouth on and nose on) presentation with fresh and dried samples of edible and useful plants.

The MDWFP Celebrates 80 Years of Conservation: 1932-2012
JACKSON - This year the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is celebrating 80 years of conserving natural resources across the state. The MDWFP is about hunting, fishing, conservation, and education. We are also about protecting the traditions, rites of passage, weekend getaways, and campfire moments that make living in and visiting Mississippi such a rich experience.

LeFleur’s Bluff Golf Course Reopens
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has announced the reopening of LeFleur’s Bluff Golf Course. After nearly two months of renovation, the course, located in Jackson, willopen Friday at 8 a.m.

Media Day at MDWFP’s Lefleur’s Bluff Golf Course
JACKSON -- The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a Media Day on Thursday, June 28 at LeFleur's Bluff Golf Course. The event will start at noon at the clubhouse.

2012 Youth Participation Initiative Program Announced
Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) Program will be accepting applications beginning July 1, 2012, from organizations interested in increasing youth involvement in the great outdoors.

MDWFP Kicks off Boater Education Campaign
JACKSON - During the 2012 Boating Season in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Enforcement Officers will be out patrolling the waterways to ensure that boaters are in compliance with state and federal laws and are using good boating safety practices. The MDWFP is also promoting a safety project called “Lifejackets They Float You Don’t” in an effort to increase awareness and the importance of wearing lifejackets. While on patrol, MDWFPOfficers will reward any child 12 years of age or under who is wearing a properly fitted U. S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket. The child will receive a coupon for free admission to any MDWFP State Park and a free boat launch or guest pass to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Deer Processing and the Illegal Sale or Trade of Processed Venison
JACKSON- The 2011-2012 deer hunting season is now complete. As usual, deer hunter success varies according to whom you ask, but every successful deer hunter this past season had a decision to make – how and/or where am I going to have my deer processed?

Trey Humphreys Named Archery Instructor of the Year
Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is pleased to announce that Trey Humphreys has been selected as the Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) Instructor of the Year. Trey is the archery coach at East Union Attendance Center in Blue Springs and also serves as a regional AIMS assistant for the MDWFP. “Mississippi is fortunate to have an instructor like Trey,” said Waldo Cleland, AIMS statewide coordinator. “He is one of the finest coaches in the state.” Trey has been instrumental to the success of AIMS, in which more than 31,000 youth participate annually.

Court Date Set for Alleged Illegal Alligator Hunting
JACKSON – Two alleged illegal alligator hunters are scheduled to appear in Rankin County Justice Court on May 1, after being arrested for attempting to take an alligator without a permit on March 23.

MDWFP Marksmanship Program offers Shotgun-Shooting Classes
Jackson – Shooting is a skill we all want to improve and shotgun-shooting legend John Satterwhite wants to show you how.

MDWFP Hosts 2nd Annual MBA/AIMS 3-D Tournament
JACKSON- On Saturday, March 3, 2012, over 100 archers visited the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Jackson Archery Center to compete in the 2nd Annual Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) 3-D tournament. This shoot was a joint project of the MDWFP Archery Center and the Mississippi Bowhunters Association (MBA). The MBA provided aconcession area with fresh grilled food, refreshments, and volunteers. MBA 3-D coordinator, Bill Tolbert, shared ideas, direction, and advice that enabled the Jackson Archery Center staff to develop a top-notch 3-D course. The course was staged in the river bottomland, south of the Archery Center. Each target was marked with a 12, 10, 8, and 5 point scoring ring. Each archer was allowed to fire one arrow per target, and then proceed to the next target.

MS Museum of Natural Science Expands Research & Collections Section
MS Museum of Natural Science Expands Research & Collections Section Senator Cochran joins museum leaders to dedicate & tour the Mississippi Center for Conservation & Biodiversity Jackson, MS … Today, Senator Thad Cochran and Chris Zachow, president of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation, joined officials from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to dedicate and tour the Mississippi Center for Conservation and Biodiversity (MCCB). The MCCB is an expansion of the Museum’s existing collections and laboratory space which houses more than one million scientific specimens. Prior to the construction of this $5 million dollar research facility expansion, many of the Museum’s collections were at or near storage capacity.

Boater Education is Available Online
JACKSON- With the upcoming 2012 Boating Season approaching, the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now offering the online Boater Education Course. Any person born after June 30, 1980 must have successfully completed a Boating Safety Course prior to operating any type of watercraft. The course will teach a variety of topics about safe operation while boating and the importance of wearing Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).

Suspect Confesses to Killing Black Bear in Amite County
JACKSON – On December 19, 2011, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks received an anonymous phone call

2012 Youth Participation Initiative Squirrel Hunt
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is partnering with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host seven youth squirrel hunts throughout Mississippi on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

Mississippi Outdoors “A True South Experience” Set to Air Nationwide
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the Mississippi Department of Tourism have partnered with the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Foundation to produce Mississippi Outdoors TV

MDWFP Offers New Apprentice License
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now offering an Apprentice 3-Day Sportsman License for Mississippi residents. The license fee is $7.00 and includes All Game Hunting and Fishing, Fall and Spring Turkey Hunting, and Archery/Primitive Weapon privileges.

Cadets Graduate from MDWFP Law Enforcement Training Academy
JACKSON – After completing 12 weeks of training with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officers, 11 cadets graduated from this year’s MDWFP Wildlife Law Enforcement Training Academy.

2011-12 Youth Participation Initiative Program Announced
Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is pleased to announce that the Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) Program will be accepting applications beginning July 1, 2011, from organizations interested in helping MDWFP get more youth involved in the great outdoors.

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