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State: Does are not being over-hunted

JACKSON — Human behavior is the biggest reason that Mississippi’s statewide deer season was marginal, state biologists say. The statewide season ended Saturday, though legal bucks may be hunted Feb. 1-15 in the Southeast Zone. Biologists estimate there are about 1.7 million deer in Mississippi, with one buck for every three does, WLOX-TV reported. Some people think the problem is ...

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Acting Vicksburg park supt coming from Lincoln Birthplace

VICKSBURG — The superintendent of a national park in Kentucky is coming to Vicksburg as acting superintendent of the Vicksburg National Military Park. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Bill Justice’s appointment begins Feb. 8. He’s currently superintendent of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hogenville, Kentucky. This won’t be his first time working for the National Park Service in Mississippi. ...

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Watch out for wildlife while driving on roads, highways

By Jessica Tegt  Wildlife on roadways can be as hazardous to motorists as texting or reckless drivers. State Farm Insurance reported Mississippi ranks sixth in the nation for wildlife-vehicle related accidents. More than one third of Mississippi’s 70,000 auto crashes are due to collisions with wildlife, specifically with white-tailed deer. One in 84 people statewide will be in a crash ...

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Hunting deer? There's an app for that

STARKVILLE — Deer hunters can take wildlife biologists’ expertise with them to the woods this season by downloading free apps from Mississippi State University. Three smartphone apps were developed by experts with the MSU Deer Lab, a collaborative effort of the MSU Extension Service and MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center. “We tried to address a variety of deer-related issues ...

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Strickland: Hunters shouldn't fear common deer diseases

STARKVILLE — Hunters who discover sick deer should not be overly concerned, according to a Mississippi State University researcher. Bronson Strickland, wildlife biologist and wildlife management specialist with the MSU Extension Service, writes: “As a wildlife specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, I get many phone calls and emails from hunters during the hunting season asking, “What’s wrong ...

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Researcher: Wild hogs not a mere nuisance

By: Marina Denny, Ed.D. Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Wild hogs are a nuisance and potential danger to farmers and landowners throughout the United States. Brought to the Americas by early Spanish explorers as a livestock animal and later transported by hunting enthusiasts, wild hogs have spread rapidly throughout the Southeast. One reason wild hogs are ...

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Voters to decide whether hunting, fishing is constitutional right

JACKSON — Van Allen has been processing deer meat and selling gear to hunters and anglers for 20 years in Mississippi and other parts of the South. Like many outdoors enthusiasts, he thinks hunting and fishing are birthrights that ought to be constitutionally protected. “As far as I am concerned anything that protects first our right to bear arms and ...

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After two-year absence, BASS returning to Ross Barnett

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — The Ross Barnett Reservoir will be the first stop on the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’s Central Open Series in 2015. The tournament dates are March 12-14 and the event is expected to draw in excess of 300 professional anglers and amateurs. A Bassmasters tournament was held the Barnett Reservoir in 2013. BASS officials say the Barnett Reservoir ...

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Fly fishing group presents award to Gulf Coast Research Lab

OCEAN SPRINGS — The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) has presented the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) with its Conservation Award. The award is given annually to “individuals, groups or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of our fisheries’ resources.” As noted in the nomination form by Kyle Moppert, president, Gulf Coast ...

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Dove hunters excited about longer season

Migratory bird hunters have more to be excited about than the recent release of “Fish and Wildlife Management: A Handbook for Mississippi Landowners.” Nearly three whole weeks have been added to the dove-hunting season, and a record number of waterfowl are expected to overwinter in Mississippi this year. Dove hunters will enjoy more shooting time this year after officials added ...

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