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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is January 31
Tuesday January 27, 2015
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
Monday January 26, 2015
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.

Third White-tailed Deer Gun Season Opens December 24
Tuesday December 16, 2014
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
Tuesday December 16, 2014
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
Friday December 12, 2014
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.

MDWFP Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp
Tuesday December 09, 2014
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)
Tuesday December 09, 2014
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
Monday December 01, 2014
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
Friday November 14, 2014
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
Friday November 14, 2014
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
Friday November 14, 2014
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.

WMAs Offer Special Opportunities for Youth Deer Hunters
Thursday November 06, 2014
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
Thursday November 06, 2014
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
Wednesday November 05, 2014
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
Tuesday November 04, 2014
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
Monday November 03, 2014
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
Monday November 03, 2014
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.

Deer Antler Criteria and Bag Limit Changes on WMAs
Tuesday October 14, 2014
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
Tuesday October 14, 2014
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
Wednesday October 08, 2014
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.

Mississippi Deer Archery Seasons Open October 1 & 15
Tuesday September 23, 2014
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
Tuesday September 23, 2014
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.

Be Legal this Dove Season
Thursday August 28, 2014
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

Dove Hunting Opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas
Tuesday August 26, 2014
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.

Mississippi’s 2014-2015 Waterfowl Seasons Announced
Wednesday August 13, 2014
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
Wednesday August 13, 2014
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.

Hunter Orange Regulation Changes for Upcoming Deer Season
Friday August 01, 2014
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
Friday August 01, 2014
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.

Deer, Early Teal, and Rabbit Hunt Applications Available August 1
Friday August 01, 2014
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.

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