Time to Renew Your Sportsman License

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In years past, if you wanted to renew your Sportsman License, you had to fill out the renewal form and mail it in, or come by the Jackson office of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and fill out the form there. But this year, renewing your license just got easier.

According to MDWFP officials, current Sportsman License holders should begin receiving renewal notices starting March 15. The renewal notice will be a postcard with the MDWFP agency logo on it.

In addition to filling out renewal cards, those wishing to renew can now take advantage of three new ways.

Renewals can now be made at all license agent locations. You can also renew your license over the phone by calling 1-800-5GO-HUNT. Another convenient way to renew is just by logging on to www.mdwfp.com and following the links.

During the renewal period, only these privileges can be added to your Sportsman Licenese:

* 129-Saltwater Fishing License
* 107-Wildlife Management Are User Permit
* 160-State Waterfowl Stamp

Mississippi's new Sportsman License for 2006-07 will again feature one of Mississippi's most endearing species, the wood duck. This colorful native waterfowl graced the license previously in 1996 and makes a return for the tenth anniversary of the popular license.

The "woodie" drake was photographed by Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr. of Brandon, whose work has been featured on the license since its inception.

Officials say the Sportsman License print series has sold well in the past and is a collector's item. A portion of the sale of the prints is returned to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks for wildlife management.

Prints can be obtained by calling toll-free 1-800-831-6992, or 601-992-0752 in the Jackson area. Or, visit Hudspeth's web site at www.southernfocus.com.