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Senate approves sales tax break for outdoor enthusiasts

JACKSON — The Senate has passed a sales tax holiday to encourage sportsmen to purchase firearms and hunting supplies in Mississippi. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says Senate Bill 2425 gives sports enthusiasts a sales tax break on firearms, ammunition, hunting supplies and fishing supplies purchased the first weekend of September. Louisiana has a similar holiday. “This tax break is for ...

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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, hunting decisions and field-dressing precautions. ...

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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 this.” The proposed urban refuge ...

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Hunters can expect to see bigger bucks as gun season opens

This could be the Year of the Trophy Buck in Mississippi. Mississippi’s white-tailed deer hunting season with guns opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the state’s whitetail deer herd is smaller than it was last year as hunters prepared to take ...

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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. This contribution will be combined ...

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Reservoir still candidate for Bassmasters, despite shooting death

  Bassmaster fishing tournaments don’t often come to Ross Barnett Reservoir. Last weekend’s Central Open event was only the third time since 1978 that B.A.S.S. has visited the 33,000-acre reservoir. But the shooting death of a Texas fisherman at a Jackson hotel will not prevent the B.A.S.S. from reconsidering the area for a future tour stop, a B.A.S.S. official said ...

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Confused on food plot management for deer? There's an app for that

Good deer hunters don’t always make for good farmers. Many find themselves needing guidance on the ins and outs of food plot management. Now, Mississippi State University Deer Lab is offering an app for that. Bronson Strickland, a wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said he wanted to give people easy access to research-based information while in the ...

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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 a complicated issue that depends ...

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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 part of the land. Supervisor ...

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'Scoping deer — Lab looking to boost public awareness

For decades now, the Deer Ecology and Management Lab at Mississippi State University has been conducting cutting-edge research into the understanding of whitetail deer and what they require to grow and prosper. The work is well-known among biologists and researchers, but outside of academia the lab’s work is generally unknown. However, the Deer Lab’s tag as one of Mississippi State’s ...

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