Press Release

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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

Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp Announced

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is once again partnering with Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and others to host the 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. This camp is much more than a youth waterfowl hunting trip. Youth ages 13 - 16 will increase their knowledge of waterfowl and wetland biology and management. Classroom discussions and hands-on activities, led by biologists and other wildlife professionals, help students gain a better understanding of wetlands, waterfowl, and ethical hunting practices. In addition, local field trips to public lands will expose youth to the diversity of wetland habitats used by waterfowl during winter in Mississippi. Other activities will include shooting instruction and safety training, as well as an optional adult-supervised waterfowl hunt for camp participants under the age of 16.


The camp will be held in the Mississippi Delta on Muscadine Farms WMA and Leroy Percy State Park from February 2 - 5, 2017. Youth ages 13 - 16 are encouraged to apply; however, only youth under the age of 16 will be eligible to participate in the waterfowl hunt. Because of limited space, only 15 youth will be selected for the camp based on applicant essays. To apply for the camp, youth should complete an application online at The deadline for applications is January 3, 2017. All applications will be ranked by the quality and content of the essays, and youth will be notified if they were selected for the camp on January 6, 2017.


Prior hunting experience is not required to attend; however, a desire to learn about waterfowl, wetlands, and hunting is needed. Meals and lodging will be provided for campers, and parents will be eligible for reimbursement of some travel expenses. For more information about the Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp, contact Houston Havens at (662) 299-0273 or      


For more information regarding waterfowl in Mississippi, visit our website at or call us at (601) 432-2199. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter at


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