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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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Managing by the book — Land management guide was nearly 10 years in the making

Wildlife biologist Adam Rohnke had just relocated from New York to Mississippi to work for the Mississippi State University Extension Service when he was handed a project — put together a first-of-its-kind definitive guide for creating wildlife habitat in Mississippi. “I was a rookie, had only been here about a month, and I said sure,” remembered Rohnke, a senior extension ...

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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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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 in the release. The fish ...

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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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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. The city awarded the $2.8 ...

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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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