Mississippi Hunting News

New Waterfowl Draw Hunt System on Wildlife Management Areas in Mississippi

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has made some changes to its waterfowl draw hunt system for the 2011-12 season on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state. Ed Penny, MWDFP Wildlife Bureau Director, explained, “Since waterfowl draw hunts began in 2002, we have noticed a trend that hunters who were drawn prior to the season were not showing up to fill their hunting permit.

Great Delta Bear Affair Celebrates Mississippi’s Black Bears

The town of Rolling Fork will once again be the site for this year’s Great Delta Bear Affair to be held on Saturday, October 22. The festival began in 2002 as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the famous Sharkey County bear hunt of President Theodore Roosevelt which led to the creation of the “Teddy Bear”. The event continues to raise awareness about the lower Delta’s natural resources, particularly black bears.

Rabbit Hunting Opportunities on Public Lands in Mississippi

Mississippi’s rabbit season opened October 15, 2011, and many hunters are seeking places to hunt. There are a number of public land opportunities for hunters pursuing rabbits. Rabbit hunters should scout for areas with an ample mixture of native grasses, legumes and other broadleaf plants, and low brushy cover. Rabbit populations are expected to be mostly abundant where habitat is suitable.

Hunt Smart, Hunt Safe: Archery Seasons Open October 1st & 15th in Mississippi

The Mississippi deer archery season opens Saturday, October 1st, 2011 for Zones 1 & 3 and Saturday, October 15th, 2011 for Zone 2. The opening of archery season marks the beginning of the state’s 123 days of deer hunting opportunity.

Interior Secretary Announces More than $20 Million for Wetlands Grants for Migratory Birds, More than $10 Million for Wildlife Refuge Acquisitions

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission) today approved spending more than $9 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to protect an estimated 5,550 acres of waterfowl habitat on five units of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  The Commission also approved $20.7 million in federal funding for grants to conserve nearly 100,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in 16 states through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Mississippi's First Alligator Hunt in Pearl River Zone Postponed Due to Hazardous River Conditions

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has determined, due to hazardous conditions on the Pearl River, the Pearl River Zone Alligator hunt originally scheduled for September 9 and 10 will be postponed.

Mississippi Offers New Apprentice License

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now offering an Apprentice 3-Day Sportsman License for Mississippi residents. The license fee is $7.00 and includes All Game Hunting and Fishing, Fall and Spring Turkey Hunting, and Archery/Primitive Weapon privileges.

Mississippi WMA Deer Applications Available Aug. 1st

On August 1st, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will begin taking applications for early season teal and deer hunting on Wildlife Management Areas.

Mississippi WFP Not Making Changes to Delta Deer Hunting Seasons

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.

Mississippi Black Bears Surviving High Water

While some species of wildlife in the Mississippi Delta are leaving their home ranges for higher ground, black bears are waiting it out. Flights conducted last week by Mississippi State University located 12 bears with radio collars in flooded portions of the Delta. All of the collared bears’ locations were within their normal home ranges and all were in heavily flooded areas.  In fact, the four radio-collared female bears in Bolivar County were actually located inside the Mississippi River levee.