Press Release

Monday, January 30, 2017

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

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day in Mississippi is February 4

Jackson-The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone of the upcoming final youth waterfowl hunting day of the season on February 4, 2017. Licensed adults are encouraged to participate by taking youth (under the age of 16) out to experience waterfowl hunting on public or private land. Although adults are not allowed to harvest ducks, they can place decoys, call, and otherwise assist youth with hunting.

"It's extremely important to the MDWFP that Mississippi hunters take the time to pass along the waterfowl hunting tradition to youth who will soon be old enough to drive themselves and hunt on their own. Hunters have always supported waterfowl conservation by purchasing licenses and duck stamps. State duck stamps allow us to annually support important waterfowl habitat projects and research both in Mississippi and on the waterfowl breeding grounds," said Houston Havens, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Coordinator. "This late-season youth day allows youth to experience waterfowl hunting when bird numbers are typically near their peaks for the season. It also provides incentive for adults to get out and set up one more time in areas where they've had success during the regular season", said Havens.

Most Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with waterfowl hunting opportunity statewide will be open. Hunters are encouraged to check specific area regulations before hunting any public lands to be sure they are open for the youth waterfowl hunting day. Some areas offer limited draw hunt opportunities for youth, while others are simply open on a first-come, first-served basis. All youth hunters must be accompanied by a Mississippi licensed adult. Youth hunters are exempt from purchasing a hunting license, WMA user permit, and duck stamps. However, waterfowl regulations, including bag limits, for the youth hunting day will be the same as during the regular waterfowl season.  Non-toxic shot and shotguns holding no more than three shells must still be used. 

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