State Park: the Perfect End-of-Summer Getaway
Need one last trip
before the summer ends? Head to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and
enjoy all Buccaneer State Park has to offer! Wake up to a beautiful
ocean view, and take your pick of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico,
relaxing on the beach, or hitting the waves in Mississippi's
largest wave pool at the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark.
VIDEO: Buccaneer State Park
Early Teal WMA Hunting Applications Available Through August 31
MDWFP is accepting
draw permit applications for deer and early season teal hunts on
WMAs now through August 31. Applicants must apply online
at www.mdwfp.com/draws and have a valid
Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw
For more information
regarding WMAs in Mississippi, visit www.mdwfp.com/wma.
Offers Dove Hunting on Private Lands in Selected Counties
As part of its
Private Lands Dove Field Program, MDWFP has partnered with
landowners to provide dove fields in Kemper, Pearl River, and
Webster Counties to offer additional dove hunting opportunities in
areas where access may be limited. Hunting permits for these fields
are available for purchase at www.mdwfp.com/dove.
"Dove hunting is
very popular. However, MDWFP recognizes that access to local dove
fields can be difficult for people to find," says Houston Havens,
MDWFP Waterfowl Program Coordinator. "Our goal is to have a safe
field that offers hunting opportunity for the entire family to
Water Alligator Season Set to Open August 26
participating in the 2016 Alligator Hunting Season or those
interested in learning more about alligators in Mississippi and
regulations regarding alligator hunting, may download the 2016 Alligator Hunting Guide. Information
included in the guide ranges from the history and biology of
alligators in Mississippi to harvesting techniques, equipment, and
regulations, to processing and taxidermy resources.
Science Museum Discovers Rare Dinosaur Fossil
MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) have discovered
Mississippi's first horned dinosaur fossil in New Albany.
VIDEO: Horned Dinosaur Fossil Discovered in
According to George
Phillips, MMNS Paleontology Curator, paleontologists were searching
for fossils of prehistoric crabs and mollusks in a creek bed, when
they came across the tooth of a Ceratopsidae, or horned
dinosaur. Phillips says the tooth is only the second of
these fossils ever found east of the Mississippi River in North
America. This is a significant find because until recently,
only five groups of dinosaurs were known to the Mississippi region.
The finding of this tooth confirms the discovery of a sixth group
of dinosaur that lived in the area.
Hunter Education Course This Fall
The fall hunting
season is around the corner and MDWFP has Hunter Education courses
scheduled across the state. There is no cost to attend a
course; however, pre-registration is required. Participants can
find available courses in their area and pre-register at www.mdwfp.com/huntered. Hunter
Education courses include ten hours of instruction. To obtain
hunter education certification, students must be at least ten years
of age and must attend all classroom hours and pass written
All persons born
after January 1, 1972, are required to complete a Hunter
Education course before purchasing a Mississippi hunting license.
Also Effective July 1, 2000, anyone 12 years of age and under 16
years of age must have a certificate of satisfactory completion of
a hunter education course approved by MDWFP before
hunting alone in this state. A child at least 12 years of
age and under 16 years of age may hunt without having the
certificate of hunter education if the child is in the presence and
under the direct supervision of a licensed or exempt hunter at
least 21 years of age when hunting.
An alternative to
taking the standard Hunter Education Class is the official Mississippi Hunter Education Internet Course.
The online course is not intended to replace the traditional
classroom course, but is designed to work within the established
course curriculum and allow the Hunter Education certification to
be obtained whenever most convenient. The online course allows the
student to complete part of the course from a desktop or mobile
device, and upon completing a pre-certification exam, the
student then goes to a scheduled classroom setting to complete the
final three hours. This allows the student time for interaction
with the instructor and completion of final testing.
Season Opener Around the Corner: What You Need to Know and How to
Dove hunting seasons
will open on September 3 in both the North and South Zones. The
North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus
areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35. The South Dove
Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy.
For private lands on
opening day in both zones, shooting hours will start 30 minutes
before sunrise. Dove fields on MDWFP Wildlife Management Areas will
have various shooting times, depending on the specific area's
regulations. Fields operated under the MDWFP Private Land Dove
Field Program will have a shooting start time of 12 p.m. Shooting
hours for all migratory game birds end at sunset.
When heading to a
dove field, hunters should take serious notice of how the field was
prepared before hunting. Hunting migratory birds with the aid of
bait is illegal, and it is the hunter's responsibility to know if
the field is baited or not. A brochure on dove field preparation
and hunting regulations can be found online at www.mdwfp.com/dove.
migratory game birds, hunters need to be sure their hunting license
is current for the 2016-17 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.
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
The total bag limit
for mourning and white-winged doves is 15 per day with no more than
45 in possession. On opening day, the possession limit is the
same as the daily bag limit.
Foundations to Host Sporting Clay Tournament to Benefit Batson
As part of its
"Stuff the Truck" Toy Drive initiative for Blair E. Baston
Children's Hospital, the Mississippi Conservation Officers
Foundation and the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries,
and Parks is hosting a Sporting Clay Tournament on August
27 at Turcotte Shooting Range in Canton.
The event is open
to individual and team participants, and all proceeds
from the tournament will go to Batson Children's
information, visit www.mdwfp.com or contact Jad Touchton at
(601) 859-5164 or email@example.com.
the Super Hunt: A Deer Hunt for Youth with Disabilities
The 4th annual
Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' Super
Hunt will take place October 28-30. The weekend includes a variety
of fun field activities as well as two days of deer hunting for
youth ages 6-17 with disabilities.
Serve as a hunting guide
Offer your property as a hunting site
Assist with field day activities
To register as a
participant, volunteer, or sponsor visit foundationmwfp.com/superhunt, or for more
information contact Bill Redd at (769) 243-7291.
with Fear at MDWFP's Science Museum Exhibit
Why do our hearts
race, knees shake, and bodies sweat when we are scared? "Goose
Bumps: the Science of Fear" explores this universal emotion.
"Through fun, interactive challenges, you can experience fear in a
safe environment and discover the science behind your physical and
emotional responses," explains Museum Director Charles Knight.
The exhibit includes
immersive environments and full-body, interactive experiences that
allow you to test your own fears (Fear of Animals, Fear of
Electric Shock, Fear of Loud Noises, Fear of Falling) and rate your
Visitors may also
meet Mr. Goose Bumps, a larger-than-life figure that illustrates,
through animation, how the brain and body work together in response
VIDEO: "Goose Bumps: the Science of Fear"
Hunting Season Guide Now Available
The 2016 - 2017
Mississippi Outdoor Digest is now available online and for download. Hard copies are
also available at hunting and fishing license retailers as well as
MDWFP regional offices, lakes, and parks. The digest includes
hunting season dates and regulations as well as information about
hunter and boater education, the Mississippi Museum of Natural
Science, and State Parks, Lakes, and Wildlife Management Areas.
Fishing Rodeo Schedule
7 a.m., (662)