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Officials set hunting dates for birds; expands dove season by 20 days

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi wildlife officials have approved dates for the 2014-2015 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds. The early migratory game bird hunting seasons include resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, dove, and rails. This year, early seasons will be similar to recent years with a few minor changes. The most significant […] [...]

New hunting supplies sales tax holiday bill signed into law

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi will remove its 7 percent state sales tax on guns, ammunition, archery equipment and some hunting supplies the first weekend of each September. Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday signed Senate Bill 2425. It becomes law July 1. The “Second Amendment Weekend,” without the tax, begins on the first Friday of each September […] [...]

Hunters urged to help fight wild hog population

PONTOTOC —  Most deer hunters will not encounter wild hogs, but if they do, wildlife biologists want them to be prepared. At a recent wild hog seminar in Pontotoc, wildlife biologists emphasized the trouble these disease-carrying pests can cause human and wildlife populations. Speakers addressed the environmental impacts, the threats to fawns and ground-nesting birds, […] [...]

Little opposition heard over proposed wildlife refuge

JACKSON — In an open-house meeting this past week, where members of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service explained the possibilities of a proposed National Wildlife Refuge in the Jackson area, little opposition was heard. “It was definitely more positive,” Connie Dickard of the USFWS said. “Some folks have asked who would be against […] [...]

Commission to continue support of Canadian waterfowl program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) Commission has elected to continue its involvement in the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ state grants program. Contributions to the program support habitat conservation for waterfowl in Canada. MDWFP will contribute $100,000 through Ducks Unlimited to conserve waterfowl breeding ground habitat in Saskatchewan. […] [...]

Deer population having impact on farmland yields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — While hunters may see Mississippi’s 1.75 million white-tailed deer as potential antlers on their walls, many farmers see reduced crop yields instead. Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, said the impact of Mississippi’s deer population varies depending on who is asked. “It’s […] [...]

Supervisors want industrial site for hunting until buyer is found

NATCHEZ — While Adams County officials wait an industrial prospect to show interest in the old International Paper site, some local residents want to lease a wooded area of the property for hunting. Adams County is marketing the 478 acres to industrial prospects. Officials also have said they are in negotiations with Natchez Railway for […] [...]

Largest gator record broken for third time in two weeks

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Mississippi’s record for the heaviest alligator has fallen again with the catch of a 741.5-pounder in the backwater of the Mississippi River near Port Gibson on Sunday morning. The Clarion-Ledger reports it also tied the record for longest alligator at 13-feet, 6.5-inches. Jimmy Greer of Canton, Dalco Turner of Gluckstadt, and Jennifer […] [...]

Researchers find link between habitat and deer antler size

STARKVILLE — Research conducted by Mississippi State University Deer Lab scientists has determined northern deer may have bigger bodies but they don’t necessarily have bigger antlers. The discovery, made by scientists in the university’s Deer Lab, a unit of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, shows that antler size depends more on diet than latitude. […] [...]

Gator-hunting season gets off to solid start

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Reasonably high water at the dark of the moon made for a great opening for Mississippi’s alligator season, says the state’s alligator program coordinator. Saturday was one of the best opening nights ever, said Ricky Flynt of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. “From everything I’m hearing — and I’m […] [...]

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