12/1/2017 11:19:44 AM
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is once again partnering with Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and other volunteers 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. Youth ages 13 – 16 will increase their knowledge of waterfowl biology, wetland management, and ethical hunting practices through classroom discussions and field activities led by biologists and other wildlife professionals. Other activities will include local field trips to public lands, 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 at Leroy Percy State Park from February 1 – 4, 2018. 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 based on applicant essays.
The deadline for applications is December 22, 2017. All applications will be ranked by the content of the essays, and youth will be notified if they were selected for the camp by December 29, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.