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

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

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

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

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

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

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Harrison County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop in Harrison County. The workshop will be held at the Lyman Community Center located at 13472 Highway 49 in Gulfport on Thursday, May 21, at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Clarkco State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Clarkco State Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

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

McMillan Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at McMillan Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16. The free event is hosted by the City of Carthage, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), and the Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension Service.

Trace State Park Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Trace Lake in Trace State Park beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

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

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Desoto County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop in Desoto County. The workshop will be held at the Hernando Library at 370 West Commerce Street in Hernando on Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Desoto County Extension Office at (662) 469-8480.

City of Olive Branch to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo
JACKSON – Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at George M. Harrison Municipal Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 16. The free event is hosted by the City of Olive Branch and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

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

2015 Alligator Hunting Seasons Announced
JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks finalized regulations for the 2015 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi at its April meeting. The statewide public waters season will include opportunities in specific public waterways. A total of 920 permits will be available within seven hunting zones across the state for the ten day season which begins August 28 and runs through September 7.

MDWFP to Pay Tribute to Fallen Conservation Officers
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a memorial service on May 14 at 10 a.m. to honor and remember those Conservation Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The annual Memorial Service is open to the public and will be held at MDWFP headquarters located at 1505 Eastover Drive in Jackson.

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Forrest County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is hosting a pond management workshop at Paul B. Johnson State Park located south of Hattiesburg off Hwy 49. The workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 in the conference room at the park office. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Neshoba County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Neshoba County. The workshop will be held at the Neshoba County Coliseum located at 12000 Hwy 15 N in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 28 at 6 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the extension office at (601) 656-4011.

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

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

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

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

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

MDWFP to Host Pond Management Workshop in Choctaw County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau is hosting a pond management workshop inChoctawCounty. The workshop will be held at the Choctaw County of Commerce at 55 East Quinn Street in Ackerman on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Choctaw County Extension Office at (662) 285-6337.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lincoln County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Lincoln County. The workshop will be held at the Lincoln Civic Center multi-purpose building located at 1096 Belt Line Drive NE in Brookhaven on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the Lincoln County Extension Office at (601) 835-3460.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Camp Fish to be Held at Percy Quin State Park
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF) will host Camp Fish 2015 at Percy Quin State Park near McComb June 8 and 9. The camp is open to youth ages 11-15, and its purpose is to introduce Mississippi’s youth to fisheries conservation, management, and sport fishing.

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

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Scott County
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Scott County. The workshop will be held at the Scott County MSU Extension Service office located at 230 South Davis St. in Forest on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. An hour-long presentation will include topics on pond design, fish stocking, harvest, vegetation control, liming, and fertilization. A question-and-answer period will follow. Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to register by calling the extension office at (601) 469-4241.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring Turkey Season Opens March 14
JACKSON – For Mississippi’s nearly 50,000 turkey hunters, the day they have been anticipating is almost at hand. The spring turkey season opens on March 14 and ends May 1. For hunters age 15 and under, the youth season begins a week earlier on March 7. The bag limit for the spring season is one adult gobbler with at least a 6 inch beard per day, not to exceed three per spring season. Youth hunters 15 years of age and younger may harvest one gobbler of choice per day, not to exceed three per spring season. The spring turkey season is closed in the following counties or parts thereof: Coahoma, Quitman, and Sunflower.

Timber Harvests Improve Wildlife Habitat at Copiah County WMA
JACKSON – Copiah County Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located west of Hazlehurst. The heavily forested WMA is owned and managed by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). As part of the overall management plan for Copiah County WMA, MDWFP personnel conduct timber inventory cruises and prioritize areas that need timber stand improvements. Once a timber sale area is determined, MDWFP personnel enter the timber sale area and individually mark trees to be harvested. Timber marking criteria are based on several variables such as timber density, health, and species.

MDWFP Museum to Host 12th Annual “Fossil Road Show” on March 7
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 to the 12th Annual Fossil Road Show on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. – 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.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Funding Keeps WMAs Open
JACKSON— Mississippi's system of wildlife management areas (WMAs) includes mitigation lands owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and managed by MDWFP. This unique partnership between state and federal agencies allows USACE to continue their flood protection and navigation activities in the state. This arrangement also provides habitat for a variety of species, including waterfowl, deer, and small game, and offers important public recreational opportunities, and supplies economic benefits to local communities.

Prescribed Burning to Take Place in Northeast WMA Region
JACKSON – Smoke will soon be rising from Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in northeast Mississippi.

2015 Youth Art Contest
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2015 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the MDWFP Visitor Education Center (VEC) by April 15, 2015. ,

MDWFP and MSU to Host Quail and Turkey Workshop
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a workshop to teach landowners how to better manage their property for bobwhite quail and wild turkeys. “Managing Quail and Turkey in Mississippi” will be presented February 27 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the MDWFP Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson. Topics to be covered include turkey and quail biology, habitat management, and incorporating wildlife management into profitable forestry and agricultural practices. Landowners will also learn about the impacts of predation on game bird populations as well as the answers to commonly asked questions about pen-raised quail, supplemental feeding, and food plots.

MDWFP and MS Prescribed Fire Council to Host Fire Workshops
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Mississippi Prescribed Fire Council, and other partners including the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Forestry Commission are hosting workshops to educate landowners about prescribed fire. These workshops will be held in Monroe, Newton, Copiah, and Amite counties on Saturday February 28, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is January 31
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone that all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the final statewide youth waterfowl hunting day of the season on January 31, 2015. Adults are encouraged to participate by taking a youth under the age of 16 to experience waterfowl hunting on public or private lands.

Wildlife Management Area Turkey Hunting Applications Available
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is accepting applications for permitted turkey hunting on selected Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Permitted turkey hunts are offered to provide a quality turkey hunting experience and are available on 19 WMAs across the state. To participate in these hunts, applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws before February 15and have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt.

Men Found Guilty of Headlighting Deer
JACKSON—Michael Shane Uzzle Jr., 19, of Vicksburg, and Ricky Breland, 20, of Redwood, were found guilty Wednesday in Warren County Justice Court of headlighting deer. Uzzle pled guilty to two counts of headlighting and was fined $10,382 after serving 10 days in the Warren County Jail. Additionally, his right to hunt, fish, and trap is forfeited for two years. He is currently under a one year license forfeiture for the illegal harvest of a paddlefish in 2014 at which time he was fined $2,500.

MDWFP to Graduate 21 New Conservation Officers
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a graduation ceremony for its 2014 Cadet Class on January 15 at 10 a.m. at the Livingston Performing Arts and Media Center at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. This event is open to the public.

MDWFP Conservation Officers Arrest Convicted Felon
JACKSON—Huey Turlich, 39, has been arrested by officers of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

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.

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.

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.

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 & 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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