HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from the Mississippi department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone that all Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) with waterfowl hunting opportunity will be open for the final statewide youth waterfowl hunting day of the season on January 31, 2015. Adults are encouraged to participate by taking a youth under the age of 16 to experience waterfowl hunting on public or private lands.
"It is extremely important to the MDWFP that Mississippi hunters take the time to pass along the hunting tradition to youth who will soon be old enough to drive themselves, purchase a hunting license, and hunt on their own. State duck stamp sales allow us to annually accomplish important waterfowl habitat work in Mississippi," said James Callicutt, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Biologist.
Houston Havens, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Leader said "This late-season youth day allows an opportunity for youth to experience waterfowl hunting when bird numbers are typically near their peaks for the season. It also provides incentive for adults to get out and set up in areas where they have had success during the regular season."
Waterfowl regulations, including bag limits, for the youth hunting day will be the same as during the regular waterfowl season; however, youth hunters are exempt from purchasing a hunting license, WMA user permit, and duck stamps. Non-toxic shot and shotguns holding no more than three shells must still be used. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a Mississippi licensed adult, and adults are not allowed to waterfowl hunt during the youth hunt.
For more information regarding waterfowl in Mississippi, visit our website atwww.mdwfp.com/waterfowl or call us at (601) 432-2199.