Graduates New Conservation Officers
Fifteen newly sworn
Conservation Officers will be patrolling areas of assignment across
Mississippi this upcoming fall. On October 27, the
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks held a
graduation ceremony honoring its 15 new Conservation
Officers at Roosevelt State Park near Morton.
These officers have
been assigned to counties stretching from the Mississippi Delta to
the Gulf Coast, protecting and serving Mississippi residents and
ensuring Mississippi's hunting, fishing, and outdoor heritage is
protected for generations to come.
House Speaker Philip
Gunn was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony and
challenged the new officers to remember why they chose and were
chosen to become a Conservation Officer, "That is to protect those
who cannot protect themselves and be a servant, all the days of
Photo by Michael A.
Waterfowl Draw Hunt Applications Now Available
state, habitat and hunting areas are being prepared for the
upcoming waterfowl season. Many Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)
offer great waterfowl hunting opportunities that are open to the
public. Several of these areas offer waterfowl hunting through draw
permit only. Applications for the first of five drawings are now
being accepted through November 13 for the following WMAs: Charlie
Capps, Howard Miller, Indianola, Mahannah, Muscadine, and Pearl
River (Youth Only). Each consecutive round of application periods
will begin the day after the previous round has closed.
To learn about other
opportunities such as "stand-by" hunting on draw only WMAs, please
see individual area regulations. WMA rules and regulations can be
found at www.mdwfp.com.
a State Waterfowl Stamp to Support Conservation
Purchasing state and
federal duck stamps are one of the easiest ways for anyone to
participate in wildlife and habitat conservation. Duck Stamps are
required for waterfowl hunters 16 and older, but whether you are
a hunter, birder, or if you simply want to help
conserve our natural resources, you can contribute by purchasing a
Click here to purchase.
Biologist Named Fisheries Biologist of the Year
Biologist Dennis Riecke was recently named Fisheries Biologist
of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife
Agencies (SEAFWA). Riecke was presented the award at the
Association's 69th annual meeting in Baton Rouge.
serves as the Fisheries Bureau's Environmental Coordinator,
representing MDWFP on the Mississippi Department of Environmental
Quality permit board. Other Fisheries Bureau programs that he
coordinates include technical guidance, commercial fisheries, and
community fishing assistance. He is also an expert in issues
related to public water access, aquatic nuisance species, and
instream flow. Additionally, he is also highly involved in drafting
and revising fisheries regulations and laws.
"This award is a
well-deserved tribute to the value and contribution of Dennis's
work for the fisheries resources in Mississippi," said Larry Pugh,
Fisheries Bureau Director. "Dennis' experience and knowledge are
invaluable assets to MDWFP."
SEAFWA is comprised
of fish and wildlife agencies from 15 states, Puerto Rico, and the
U.S. Virgin Islands.
Deer Hunting Opportunities in November
deer season for youth hunters, 15 years and under, opened on
November 5. Youth may use any firearm, and zone-specific spread and
main beam antler regulations do not apply to youth hunters. As of
November 5, all deer hunters, including archery hunters, must wear
hunter orange unless they are inside a fully enclosed hunting stand
or in a hunting stand that is at least twelve feet above the
special primitive weapons season for deer will open November 7 in
the Hill and Delta Deer Management Zones. This special primitive
weapons season is for antlerless deer only on private lands and
open public lands from November 7 -18. Only archery equipment and
primitive firearms may be used during this season. The special
primitive weapons season will not occur in the Southeast Deer
Management Zone due to lower deer numbers. Additionally, this
season will not occur on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) because
of great hunter numbers and unique management objectives for these
The first deer
gun season opens November 19 and closes December 1. Hunting with
dogs is allowed during this season. Legal deer include legal bucks
and antlerless deer on private lands and only legal bucks on open
public lands. The bag limit on antlered buck deer is one buck
per day not to exceed three per license year. Legal bucks must meet
the antler criteria within the appropriate deer management
deer bag limit in the Delta and Hill Deer Management Zones is five
per license year. The bag limit for antlerless deer in the
Southeast Deer Management Zone and all U.S. Forest Service Lands is
one per day not to exceed three per license year.
Commemorate Their First Deer with a Certificate
your first deer is a special moment in the life of a hunter. Make
that moment even more memorable for youth with a First Deer
Certificate. Simply go online and complete the harvest
information and submit a photo, and we will mail you a certificate
at no cost.
Conservation Officers to Kick Off Annual Toy Drive for
Officers are asking all Mississippians to give back this holiday
season by helping us "Stuff the Truck" to benefit the children of
Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital. The toy drive begins on
November 7 and will run through December 10.
On December 15,
Officers will deliver all toys to Blair E. Batson Children's
Hospital. Please help us in make this Christmas unforgettable for
these families. Click here for more information about drop-off
locations throughout the state.
Catch a Tagged Fish and Win a Prize
Fisheries Biologists recently tagged 100 fish at Lake Dockery, a 43
acre lake in Byram. The fish were tagged as part of a rewards
program to increase fishing participation at Community Fishing
Assistance Program lakes. Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear
sunfish, and channel catfish were marked with a yellow, noodle-like
tag on their back behind the dorsal fin.
catch a tagged fish should remove the tag and bring it to MDWFP's
Headquarters in Jackson located at 1505 Eastover Drive to claim the
prize associated with each tag. Prizes include MDWFP fishing
towels, Plano tackle boxes, and Quantum rod and reel setups. "Lake
Dockery provides excellent urban fishing opportunities, and we hope
that this reward program will encourage more anglers to take
advantage of the fishery," said Trevor Knight, MDWFP Fisheries
The lake is
open each day from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes
before sunset. The lake features a boat ramp, but the
operation of gasoline motors is not allowed.
Science Museum Offers Fun Holiday Experiences
live in the Jackson area or will be traveling through during the
holidays, make plans to make merry memories this season at MDWFP's
Museum of Natural Science.
November 22 - Turkey Tuesday
fun and special activities for all ages! Examine turkey
feathers under a microscope, make your own turkey headband,
investigate "egg-cellent" egg anatomy, and learn what these
gobblers eat for lunch!
November 26 - Gift Shop Open
Shop our open
house at the Dragonfly Gift Shop on Small Business Saturday and
enjoy refreshments, door prizes, and free gift wrapping!
December 2 & 16 - Snowflake
with "hot" snow, make your own paper snowflakes, explore the
fascinating properties of dry ice, and hear the wonderful story of
"Snowflake Bentley" - the naturalist and photographer that first
successfully captured snowflakes on film.
December 9 - Cajun Christmas
interactive storytelling of Cajun Night Before Christmas,
meet the Christmas Gator, make Cajun Christmas crafts, take a photo
with Santa, listen to beautiful holiday music performed by the
Mississippi Boychoir and Girlchoir, and see Santa dive in the
Gift Ideas That Give Back to Mississippi's Outdoors
consider gift options that they will be sure to love and that
support Mississippi's outdoor heritage.
Hunting & Fishing License
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.
A subscription to Mississippi
Outdoors for only $9 is the perfect stocking stuffer
outdoorsmen alike. Enjoy beautiful wildlife and nature photography,
read how-to articles, and learn more about Mississippi's abundant
MS Museum of
Natural Science Membership
Family Memberships include museum admission, invitations to
members-only events, a 10% discount in the museum gift shop,
Learn more at www.mdwfp.com.