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State record for largest alligator broken again

WARREN COUNTY — Three days after Mississippi’s state record for alligators was broken, The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks has certified an even bigger gator. The department says Brian Montgomery of Starkville and his friends Scott Berry of Raymond and Jesse Phillips of Starkville took a 792-pound gator early Tuesday in the Mahannah Wildlife Management Area. The department ...

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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. Mahaffey’s gator was 13 feet, ...

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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 the fall hunting season. This ...

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Wisconsin man pleads guilty to illegal wildlife trapping

ABERDEEN — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to taking illegally harvested wildlife pelts out of Mississippi. Peter Jesunas, 32, of Shiocton, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate David Sanders in Aberdeen. He was fined $10,000 and ordered not to hunt or trap anywhere worldwide for three years while on probation. He was also ordered to forfeit the 354 pelts ...

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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 change is the addition of ...

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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 of U.S. Department of Agriculture ...

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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 and runs for three days, ...

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Extension: Supplemental wildlife feed can harm animals

Offering feed to wildlife is a trend gaining traction in newspaper outdoor columns, outdoor magazines, catalogs, ads and campfire discussions, but the practice can be harmful to wildlife. Manufacturers of such feeds encourage landowners and managers to offer supplemental feeding for a variety of game wildlife species. Simply stated, supplemental feeding is the practice of making foods other than natural ...

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Landowner swaps land with Fish and Wildlife Service

CHARLESTON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has reached an agreement with landowner James Kennedy to exchange a 306-acre parcel of its land in Tallahatchie County for a tract of York Woods, Kennedy’s conservation-easement property. USFWS is acquiring land that appraises at a higher amount than the 306-acre parcel and will use it as a wildlife habitat. The ...

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