Mississippi WFP Not Making Changes to Delta Deer Hunting Seasons

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Recent historical flooding in portions of the Delta will not force closure of the 2011-12 deer season. While the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has the authority to close hunting seasons in emergency situations, closure of deer seasons in the Delta has not been recommended by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' Deer Program Biologists and is not currently under consideration.

This encroachment of water has displaced deer in the south Delta and behind the mainline Mississippi River levee.

"We have been evaluating the situation along the (Mississippi) River and throughout the south Delta. Once the water recedes, we will be making site visits to properties along the River in order to determine the impacts of flooding on deer abundance," says Lann Wilf, MDWFP Deer Program Biologist. "However, we expect minimal long-term impacts to deer abundance because flood waters rose slowly, which gave deer time to seek higher ground."

Deer will be affected by the flood, but historical records have shown that deer will escape to higher ground as waters rise. Deer will then follow the receding water back to their home range.

For more information on deer management, please visit www.mdwfp.com or call (601) 432-2199.