While the application process is just beginning at one of Mississippi’s most popular Wildlife Management Areas, the period to apply for another quality hunting opportunity has been extended.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Management and Parks began accepting applications for the 3,500-acre Canemount WMA, located in the Loess Bluffs of Claiborne County near the Mississippi River.

Meanwhile, at Barnett Reservoir, due to a clerical error on applications circulated at the recent Wildlife Extravaganza and online, the end of the ongoing application period has been extended through to Aug. 21. 

The Canemount property has a long history of trophy deer management, and is in only its third year of booked hunts.

During the 2014 – 2015 hunting season, deer hunting opportunities will be available through a draw hunt system open only to Mississippi residents 16 years of age or older. 

There will be 12, 3-day archery hunts available from Oct. 3-Nov. 12; and 18, 3-day primitive weapons hunts available from Nov. 14-Jan. 14. 

Twelve hunters will be selected for each 3-day hunt and randomly assigned to one of six designated hunt units. Only two hunters will be assigned to each hunt unit per hunt.

Hunters may apply through Sept. 5. Applicants must have a valid Mississippi hunting license to apply for hunts. All hunters who are randomly selected to hunt are required to pay a $300 permit fee, and full payment must be made by Sept. 17. Hunters that do not complete full payment by Sept. 17 will forfeit their permit and a second drawing will be held. Hunting permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

For more information about Canemount WMA, visit mdwfp.com/draws.

Reservoir draws extended

Officials with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District extended its deadline for entering the drawings through Aug. 21 for archery hunts in two areas at Barnett Reservoir — below the dam and in an undeveloped section of the north shore of Pelahatchie Bay.

The change was made due to an error on applications posted online at TheRez.ms.gov and distributed at the recent Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza. The applications included two different dates for the closing of the application period, and PRVWSD decided to go with the later date.

All entries received or postmarked by Aug. 21 will be accepted, with the drawing to take place a few days later.