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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day…Go Hunting!

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) invites hunters, anglers, and outdoorsmen to join in a nationwide celebration of hunting, fishing, shooting, and wildlife conservation on September 28.  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. 

While the majority of Mississippi's most popular hunting seasons have not reached their peak, there are still opportunities to join in the celebration. Squirrel season in Zone 1 opens September 28.  Zone 1 includes areas north of US Highway 82 plus those portions of Sunflower County and Washington County south of Highway 82. There are a number of public land hunting opportunities for hunters pursuing squirrels.  Dave Godwin, MDWFP Small Game Program Coordinator states, "Although areas with larger amounts of mature, hardwood forest cover offer the best squirrel hunting opportunities, almost all of Mississippi's WMAs and other public lands offer excellent squirrel hunting opportunities.   

"Every sportsman should feel proud of their contribution to Mississippi's wildlife, heritage, and economy," says Dr. Sam Polles, MDWFP Executive Director.  "Hunting and fishing benefit our state tremendously and improve the quality of life of all Mississippians.  We encourage everyone to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by getting outdoors and enjoying these activities with family and friends."

For more information about hunting and fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2400. 

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