Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

Brandon man hauls in record 756-pound alligator

BRANDON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says there’s a new state alligator record. It reported Saturday Robert Mahaffey of Brandon and two assistants hauled in a 756-pound ‘gator. That broke the record by 14 ½-pounds. Saturday was the second day of Mississippi’s alligator season, which ends at noon on Sept. 8. […] [...]

Waterfowl population expected to rise to nearly 50 million birds

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Every July, waterfowl biologists from the Mississippi Flyway Council, comprised of 14 states and three Canadian provinces, look at many factors to predict the total number of ducks available for harvest in the fall flight forecast. Then they use this number to determine the framework of seasons, dates and bag limits for […] [...]

Scientists release thousands of red snapper on Ship Island reef

GULF OF MEXICO — More than 2,000 red snapper were recently released on an artificial reef south of Ship Island in order to produce more of this fish that is so popular along the Gulf Coast. Representatives from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab participated […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Island closing as River Park gets more enhancements

PASCAGOULA — Lowry Island is closing to the public Monday for the second phase of work on the River Park. The island will remain closed through mid-December. Phase II includes a new access road, parking lot, lighting, sidewalks, renovations to the boat ramp, landscaping and green space, handicap accessibility, a bulkhead and a concrete wharf. […] [...]

Farm bill creates new critical conservation areas

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi has two new conservation partnerships aimed at ensuring the long-term viability of the Mississippi River and the long leaf pine forests to the state. Large portions of Mississippi are included in two of the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) authorized under the 2014 farm bill as part of a significant reform […] [...]

Bird of a different feather — Eurasian collared-dove’s impact minimal so far, authorities say

by Published: May 9,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, outdoors

The state’s newest invasive species of birds has conquered the Magnolia State and is now a common resident of backyards, farms and all points in between from the Tennessee border to the Gulf Coast. The good news is that the impact of the Eurasian collared-dove, at least for now, seems to be minimal on native […] [...]

MDEQ lifts beach advisories, closure; all stations now clear

HARRISON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted two water contact advisories for Coast beach monitoring stations. The affected stations are: • Station 7A-Long Beach Beach, which extends from Oak Gardens Avenue east to Girard Avenue • Station 8, Gulfport West Beach, which extends from Marie […] [...]

MDEQ lifts advisory for segments of two Coast beaches

BAY ST. LOUIS and GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted the water contact advisories for two beach monitoring stations on the Coast. The stations are: • Station 4-Bay St. Louis Beach, which extends from the box culvert east to Ballantine Street • Station 9-Gulfport Harbor […] [...]

Council approves drastic cut in red snapper season in Gulf

GULF OF MEXICO — Charter boat and recreational fishermen will have only 11 days to reel in red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico this year. The limited snapper season, which was 42 days last year, is set to begin June 1 in federal waters. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved the emergency […] [...]

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