Posts Tagged ‘waterfowl’

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 […] [...]

Early-season hunters could see increased teal bag limit

by Published: July 1,2013

Tags: bag, duck, hunt, hunter, hunting, limit, outdoors, season, teal, waterfowl, wildlife

JACKSON — For the first time since the season was opened in 1965, early-season teal hunters could see a six-bird limit this year. “The three flyways that have teal seasons put forth a recommendation for a 16-day, six-bird bag limit season,” said Jim Kelley, Mississippi Flyway representative for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In […] [...]

WOODS: MSU’s waterfowl research revealing

Waterfowl research being conducted by Mississippi State University professors and graduate students could have important impacts on habitat conservation and duck hunting in the Delta region of Mississippi. Specifically one recent piece of work being conducted and continues deals with a study of mallard duck survival in relation to habitat use. Ultimately a better understanding […] [...]

PEER reviews wildlife programs, makes recommendations

JACKSON — Questions have arisen over the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ management of selected wild game in Mississippi (i.e., the waterfowl, turkey and deer management programs), according to the PEER Committee. Also, some citizens have questioned the expanded use of privately owned pens for deer management and whether the use of such […] [...]

Duck study could shape conservation, management programs

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Results from a Mississippi State University study of mallard ducks in the state’s South Delta revealed information that could help shape conservation and habitat management programs. For several years, Brian Davis, assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and researcher in MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, has been […] [...]

Congressman to reintroduce bill on hunting rolled rice fields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Congressional delegations from Mississippi and Arkansas have backed legislation to clarify that hunting over a rolled rice field is not illegal field baiting. The legislation promoted by U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both R-Miss., died in the past Congress. U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., whose district is the largest rice […] [...]

Hunters could see bounty year as duck numbers hit record high

by Published: July 25,2012

Tags: breeding, duck, hunt, hunter, hunting, outdoors, report, waterfowl, Weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — If the weather cooperates, Mississippi duck hunters could be on track for a season that leaves them talking for years to come. According to the recently released Trends in Duck Breeding Populations report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Canadian Wildlife Service, the North American breeding duck population is at a […] [...]

Snow-ing geese

On a rainy day last week, Bubba Simmons inspected his 5,500-acre farm near Hollandale in the Delta to see if his land was again being compromised. And, it was. The “vandals” are snow geese, whose numbers have been exploding since the mid- to late-1980s. It is a common sight in the Delta to see fields […] [...]

Scientists studying dwindling duck numbers

by Published: April 15,2010

Tags: environment, waterfowl, wildlife

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University (MSU) researchers are gathering information that will help biologists and managers determine where and when habitats should be made available for migrating and wintering ducks. They are trying to determine why fewer ducks are heading south each winter. “In the past few years, we have observed that ducks are not […] [...]

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