• Hunting

    Applications for the 2018 public water alligator season will be accepted June 1-7 for the late summer hunt that attracts hunters of all types.

    Alligator application process starts June 1

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will accept electronic (internet) applications for Mississippi’s 2018 public alligator season between June 1 and June 7, with the drawing expected on or about June 13.

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    Want to get in on the alligator hunting action? The MDWFP 2018 application process begins June 1.

    Gator application period opens June 1

    Mississippians wishing to legally hunt alligators during the 2018 public waters season take note: The application period begins Friday (June 1) and will end on June 7.

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    Spring squirrel hunting is a real treat for many Mississippi hunters who take advantage of the 2-week season.

    Is May too hot for squirrels?

    Mississippi gets its fourth-annual spring squirrel season in Mississippi in 2018, but it has yet to lure many sportsmen to participate, with most citing “too hot to hunt” as the reason.

    May 15 at 7:00am
    Mississippi waterfowl hunters get another liberal shot at ducks and geese in the 2018-19 season.

    Duck seasons virtually unchanged

    Mississippi duck hunters won’t see much change in the 2018-19 season under a plan announced this week by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

    May 02 at 9:15am
    Mississippi dove hunters can get ready for more winter shooting, with a season that has been extended through Jan. 31.

    Dove season extended to Jan. 31

    It may just be May 1, but Mississippi sportsmen got some good news when the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved the 2018-19 early migratory bird seasons.

    May 02 at 9:00am
    Extensive sampling and testing across Mississippi has turned up no new cases of chronic wasting disease beyond the first one from Issaquena County.

    CWD update: No news is apparently good news

    Since the first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in Mississippi was reported in February in a 4 1/2-year-old buck in Issaquena County, no other diseased animals have been found.

    April 27 at 7:00am

    Deer-reporting bill dies in state legislature

    The Mississippi Legislature failed to pass a single bill related to hunting and fishing during the 2018 session that ended April 1, and that includes anything related to a harvest reporting system for turkey or deer.

    April 26 at 12:00pm
    Fourteen-year-old Joseph Blalock of Brookhaven, who won the youth non-typical gun division and biggest buck of the contest with his 205 6/8 inch buck taken on a small tract of family land in Franklin County.

    Big Buck Bounty: Blalock buck blows away competition

    Joseph Blalock of Brookhaven, who just recently turned 14 years of age, had the biggest deer at the recent awards breakfast for the 2017-18 Big Buck Bounty Contest at McClain Lodge in Brandon.

    April 23 at 10:00am
    Seventy deer tested for chronic wasting disease in an area of south Mississippi where biologist where concerned by the discovery of a non-permitted, high-fenced enclosure five years ago.

    Mississippi officials get good news on CWD tests in south Mississippi

    The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks continues to find good news related to chronic wasting disease in an area of concern in south Mississippi. Seventy deer tested during the 2017-18 hunting season were all found to be negative for CWD, a disease that is deadly in several species of cervids including white-tailed deer.

    April 03 at 8:40pm
    Bo Brown killed this unique gobbler Sunday morning in Copiah County. In addition to being white, the bird had long spurs, 1 1/4 and 1 3/16 inches, and a 10 5/8-inch beard.

    Hunter kills white trophy gobbler

    Bo Brown had little choice, the way he had it figured, but to lift up his shotgun, aim and fire at the gobbler.

    March 28 at 1:00pm
    A turkey’s weight is only one piece of the puzzle that leads to his final NWTF score.

    How to score a turkey

    The National Wild Turkey Federation’s formula for scoring a wild gobbler is a combination of weight, spur length and beard length, with multipliers used for emphasis on spur and beard. All measurements are taken in 1/16-inch measurements, and lengths and weight must be converted to decimal form.

    March 19 at 7:00am
    If there’s anything more exciting than a mature gobbler in strut, it’s two mature gobblers in strut.

    Magnolia monarchs: State’s top gobblers

    Mississippi’s Magnolia Records program tracks turkey hunting records in the state and has a database that includes hundreds of birds taken by hunters within its borders.

    March 15 at 7:00am
    A total of 128 deer from six counties in the 25-mile buffer zone have tested negative for CWD.

    Second round of CWD tests all negative

    Mississippi wildlife officials have now tested 128 deer — two sets of 64 each — since the state’s first case of the deadly deer disease was confirmed in a buck in Issaquena County on Feb. 9.

    March 13 at 1:25pm
    The MDWFP will host its second public meeting at the Vicksburg Convention Center on March 19 to discuss CWD and its response plan.

    MDWFP sets CWD meeting in Vicksburg

    State wildlife officials and representatives of other agencies will meet with the public March 19 in Vicksburg to discuss the latest information related to Mississippi’s first case of Chronic Wasting Disease.

    March 12 at 8:00am
    The MDWFP will continue to monitor the CWD situation and collect deer for sampling.

    CWD testing finds no new cases

    Tests on 64 deer taken from the five-mile Chronic Wasting Disease containment zone in Mississippi’s South Delta were all negative for CWD, state wildlife officials said on Tuesday.

    March 07 at 9:55am

    2018 turkey season forecast

    Mississippi turkey hunters who had a good season last spring will enjoy the forecast for the 2018 season, but those who did not will not be so enthusiastic.

    March 07 at 7:00am