Mississippi Hunting News

Mississippi DWFP and MSU to Host Deer Management Workshops

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and Mississippi State University are planning four workshops throughout the state to teach participants how to better manage their land for white-tailed deer.

The workshops are in two-day sets, and participants may register for one or both days. Workshops will be held June 1 in Vicksburg at Hinds Community College and June 2 at Mahannah Wildlife Management Area north of Vicksburg. The workshops on the MSU campus will be July 13 and 14 at the College of Forest Resources’ Thompson Hall.

Mississippi Spring Turkey Season Continues Until May 1

Mississippi turkey hunters still have time remaining in the 2012 spring season, which closes on May 1, 2012.  Hunters throughout most regions of the Magnolia State are reporting great success during the 2012 turkey season.  A good statewide hatch in 2010 resulted in an increase in the great number of 2-year old gobblers hunters have encountered this spring.  "Two-year old gobblers are usually the most vocal and tend to be more susceptible to harvest" says MDWFP Wild Turkey Program Leader Adam Butler.

Mississippi Minimize Deer Damage to Gardens and Landscaping

With spring upon us, many Mississippians are planting gardens and working hard to beautify their property. However, white-tailed deer find many garden and landscape plants very appealing and can often force gardeners to battle deer for their prized plants. To manage the problem, MDWFP suggests a few tips that may save your plants this spring and summer. 

Delay Mowing to Avoid Disturbing Wild Turkey Nests in Mississippi

Late April through early June is the peak nesting season for wild turkeys and several other ground-nesting birds.  These species prefer to nest in overgrown pastures, hay fields, road edges, and ditch banks, which can make them vulnerable to mowing and haying.  In order to avoid impacting these species, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recommends delaying mowing of these areas until after July 1st.

Mississippi Kids Fish Identification Program

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Park's Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Kid's Fish Identification Program on Saturday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m. Young anglers can learn how to identify the many different species of fish found in Enid Lake and other lakes and ponds across the state. Josh Howell will present this program. A Conservation Associate Fisheries Biologist from the MDWFP Fisheries Bureau, Howell works in the northwest area of Mississippi including the four reservoirs operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. 

New Mississippi Sportsman’s License/Prints are Available

With turkeys gobbling and fish biting, now is a great time to be outdoors in Mississippi. If you plan to go hunting or fishing this spring make sure you have a valid license, such as the 2012-13 Sportsman License.

Mississippi DWFP Marksmanship Program Offers Shotgun-Shooting Classes

Shooting is a skill we all want to improve and shotgun-shooting legend John Satterwhite wants to show you how.

Through the support of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Foundation, and the National Shooting SportsFoundation, free shotgun shooting classes are available to Mississippi residents at no cost. In addition to the expert instruction, guns, ammunition, and other supplies will be provided.

Mississippi Wild Turkey Report Available Thanks to Volunteer Hunters

MDWFP, in partnership with the Mississippi Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, is pleased to announce the release of its annual report on the status of Mississippi's wild turkey population.

In Ten Years, NSSF® Has Awarded $4.7 Million to State Agencies to Promote Hunting

$392,185 in Hunting Heritage Partnership® Grants Go to 12 Projects

Youth Turkey Season Offers Excitement for Mississippi's Young Hunters

The 2012 youth spring turkey season will begin on private lands and authorized state and federal lands on Thursday, March 8th.  This special season, which is available to hunters ages 15 and under, coincides with spring break for many of Mississippi's school systems. This opportunity is an excellent chance to introduce young hunters to the thrill of pursuing springtime gobblers.