you and your family a Merry Christmas! We hope you
season by spending time in Mississippi's outdoors!
Chance to Donate to Toy Drive for Batson Children's Hospital
conclude its "Stuff the Tuck" toy drive benefiting Blair E.
Batson's Children's Hospital on Saturday, December 10. Please join
us in making this Christmas one to remember for these
For drop off
locations, visit www.mdwfp.com/StuffTheTruck.
Holiday Gifts for Every Outdoor Enthusiast
Did you know
Mississippi offers a Lifetime Hunting and Fishing license? Connect
your young sportsman to the outdoors early by making this one-time
$500 investment, and save on a lifetime of annual license fees in
A subscription to MS
Outdoors magazine for only $9 is the perfect stocking stuffer for
youth and adult outdoorsmen alike. Enjoy beautiful wildlife and
nature photography, read how-to articles, and learn more about
Mississippi's abundant recreational opportunities.
Learn more about
these offers at www.mdwfp.com.
for WMA Waterfowl Hunts
MDWFP is currently
accepting applications for permitted waterfowl hunting
opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). There is no cost
to apply, however applicants must possess a valid WMA User Permit
at the time of applying.
Apply at www.mdwfp.com/wma.
New Year Off with a "First Day Hike" at a State Park
What better way to
kick off the New Year than by being active outdoors?
First Day Hikes are
organized and led by knowledgeable state park staff and volunteers.
The distance and rigor vary from park to park, but all hikes aim to
create a fun experience for the whole family. Come enjoy the beauty
of Mississippi's natural resources and discover the local treasure
of a state park you and your family can return to throughout the
parks, visit www.mdwfp.com/FirstDayHikes.
Paddlefish is Recaptured in the Ohio River
A paddlefish tagged
and released by MDWFP fisheries biologists on February 24, 2014 at
Moon Lake in Coahoma County was recaptured on November 14, 2016 in
the Ohio River below Smithland Dam near Paducah,
"This fish made a
remarkable journey through many miles of streams and rivers to just
make it to the Mississippi River," said Darrin Hardesty, MDWFP
Commercial Fisheries Biologist. "Paddlefish swim long distances,
but very little is known about their movements to and from Moon
Lake." Moon Lake is connected to the Coldwater River by the Yazoo
Pass. The fish, which swam about 725 miles in 993 days, was
captured by a commercial fisherman. The fish was identified by a
numbered metal band which was attached to the fish's jaw.
Since 2010, four
paddlefish tagged at Moon Lake have been recaptured and reported to
MDWFP. Two fish were captured in the Missouri River, and the other
fish was recaptured in the Mississippi River near Grand Tower,
have tagged over 700 paddlefish in the last several years, but very
few recaptures have been reported. "Population abundance estimates,
growth rates, and movement are just a few population
characteristics that we can gather through mark-recapture studies
such as this," added Hardesty. "This information illustrates the
necessity of working with other states to manage paddlefish."
Program provides Weekly Waterfowl Reports to keep waterfowl hunters
and other outdoor enthusiasts updated on waterfowl happenings
throughout the winter. Information on the previous week's waterfowl
movements and distributions, migration weather, and hunting reports
from public and private lands are a few of the main topics
addressed in the reports. Weekly Waterfowl Reports are posted
(usually Tuesdays or Wednesdays) online at www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl, and can also be found
via MDWFP's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Holiday Fun on the Bayou at Cajun Christmas
Join us December 9
at MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science for a Cajun Christmas
and enjoy an interactive storytelling of Cajun Night
Before Christmas and an encounter with the Christmas Gator and
other swamp animals. Also included are Cajun Christmas craft
stations, a Santa letter writing station, and the chance to meet
Ole St. Nick and take a picture. Beautiful holiday music will be
sung by the Mississippi Girlchoir and Boychoir and Santa, himself,
will be diving in the aquariums!
For details and
other holiday happenings, visit www.mdwfp.com/museum.
Tips for Duck Hunters
When it comes to
safety, the old adage is true: An ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cure. Here are 10 safety tips for waterfowl hunters:
Always carry a waterproof fire-starting kit in a pocket. If you get
wet, being able to start a fire is crucial to preventing
Ensure your boat, motor, and trailer are in good running order and
that batteries are always at full charge.
Always wear a certified personal flotation device when running or
paddling a boat, and ensure you have a PFD for every passenger in
the boat as well as throwables which are required on boats 16 ft
and greater in length.
Never go hunting without telling somebody where you are going and
when you expect to return.
Stock your boat or ATV box with safety gear such as survival
rations, rope, flare gun, space blanket, hand axe, whistle,
Attach a small compass to your jacket or waders via pin or string.
This way, it will always be there when you need it.
Never attempt to run an overloaded or undersized boat. If hunting
on a large river or lake, use a boat that is big enough to handle
Be mindful of wearing waders while boating to your location.
Waders filled with water add extreme weight if an accident occurs
and you go overboard.
Treat every gun as if it is loaded, even when you are sure it is
not. Before each hunt, open your gun's action and check the
muzzle for obstructions.
Carry a cell phone in a waterproof plastic bag when hunting. Cell
phone service is available in most places around the country. If an
emergency arises, you can call for help.
Youth Squirrel Hunt Registration
Opens January 1
MDWFP is partnering
with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service to host youth squirrel hunts across Mississippi
during the month of February. These free hunts are designed to
introduce youth ages 10 - 15 to small game hunting and
begin January 1 at www.mswildlife.org.
Mississippi Outdoors TV Weekly on MPB
From hunting and
fishing to just about anything outdoors, we explore it all
on Mississippi Outdoors. Join us each week on
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. on Mississippi
Public Broadcasting as we explore all Mississippi's natural
resources have to offer.