2023 Youth squirrel hunts

(Photo courtesy MDWFP)

Are you looking for an opportunity to introduce a young person to hunting? Youth squirrel hunts will be back in January 2023 and are a great way to introduce topics like the role of hunting in wildlife conservation, hunting ethics, wildlife biology, and firearm safety. Applications are open from now until January 25, 2023.

When: February 4, 2023
Where: 6 locations throughout Mississippi 
Cost: Free (Guns and Ammunition provided)
Availability: 20 youth participants per event

Youth must be 10 to 15 years of age (on event date) to participate.

Hunt sites will be:

Events will begin in the afternoon:

  • Hunting basics and firearms safety
  • Practice shotgun shooting
  • Squirrel hunt with treeing dogs
  • Field dressing squirrels
  • Supper

liability waiver completed by parent/guardian will be required to participate, and an adult parent/guardian is required to accompany youth during the event. The waiver may be submitted on the day of the event. If the first choice hunt site applied for is full, we will try to accommodate with the second choice, if available. Events will be mostly held outdoors for the duration (approximately 2 – 7 pm). At times, event staff will have to get within close proximity of youth to supervise shooting activities. More specific event information will be provided after participants are selected. For more information, contact rick.hamrick@wfp.ms.gov or 601-432-2199.

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