February, 2019
MDWFP NEWSLETTER
FEATURE STORIES
WILD TURKEY GAME CHECK
A step forward in conservation
This spring, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will begin a new era in wild turkey management with the implementation of the Game Check system.  Game Check will require turkey hunters to report their harvest to the MDWFP by 10 p.m. on the day of harvest.  This will be a huge step forward in the ability to understand the ups and downs of the state’s turkey flock.  

Ease of use has been the primary consideration in the system’s development, and it should take less than a minute to meet your reporting obligation when you harvest a bird. You will have three options to choose from to report your gobbler. Of these three, if you have a smartphone, you should strongly consider taking advantage the mdwfp app, because it can serve as a one-stop-shop for all the steps in the harvest reporting process. The MDWFP app is available for free download from the Apple or Android store.  
DIVE IN TO OCEAN BOUND!
at MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science
Dive into an underwater adventure and explore the science of watersheds, aquatic animals, and our ocean in Ocean Bound!, a national traveling exhibit at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, open through May 12, 2019.
WINTER CRAPPIE
Hot fishing on cold days
Winter is often an overlooked season to fish for crappie. With Mississippi’s nationally recognized flood control reservoirs (Grenada, Enid, Sardis, Arkabutla); Ross Barnett Reservoir; and throw in Pickwick and Bay Springs lakes, Mississippi has plenty of options for great winter crappie fishing. 
2018 DEER SPOTLIGHT SURVEY
Population estimates on National Forests
Spotlight surveys were conducted on Mississippi’s six National Forests in an effort to measure deer density in fall of 2018. This was an effort to monitor deer population changes after new large-scale regulations suspended antlerless deer harvests on open public lands for the 2017 and 2018 hunting seasons. 
BUILD A BETTER CAMPFIRE
Keep warm on cold nights at a State Park
Every good campout deserves a good campfire. Consider these basic steps, and you will be able to build a teepee style campfire quickly and efficiently.
OTHER NEWS
WMA TURKEY HUNTERS: NEW SEASON FRAMEWORKS
Several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) will be receiving new turkey season frameworks in 2019.  On Malmaison, Choctaw, Marion County, Mason Creek, and Little Biloxi WMAs, the start of the regular spring turkey season will be delayed until April 1.  These changes were made to proactively address long-term declines in harvest by delaying the opening day so that it more closely aligns with the timing of peak gobbling and nesting.  More info...
HABITAT AND PREDATOR AWARENESS MONTH
Watch for updates on MDWFP's social media platforms during the month of February for information regarding habitat and predator management to benefit sought-after game species. 
TURKEY DRAW HUNTS
All applicants must apply at www.mdwfp.com/draws and have a valid Wildlife Management Area (WMA) User Permit to apply. WMA User Permits are available for purchase at www.mdwfp.com or may be purchased anywhere hunting licenses are sold. 
AUTO RENEWAL FOR HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES
Take your first step to always having a valid Hunting or Fishing license by signing up for our NEW auto renew program. Once you enroll in auto renew, all of your eligible licenses will automatically and securely renew before they expire, the following year. No more time spent waiting in line at the store, or worrying about your expiration date. Update your settings at any time at www.mdwfp.com .
LAST CHANCE FOR HUNTER'S SPECIAL LODGING RATES
Select Mississippi State Parks offer discounted lodging rates to sportsmen during the hunting season. Many of our parks are conveniently located near WMAs and National Wildlife Refuges, providing an affordable "hunting camp" experience.  More Info...
MDWFP's YOUTUBE PAGE
Subscribe to MDWFP's YouTube page to stay up to date with the latest episodes of Mississippi Outdoors Radio and Mississippi Outdoors TV .
MDWFP's OFFICIAL MOBILE APP
The official MDWFP App provides easy access to information and services provided by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. This application features a game check application for wild turkey harvest reporting, a digital license display, rules and regulations, season dates, and much more. Download for Android and iOS .
YOUTH ART CONTEST
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2019 MDWFP's North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio, including entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) by May 10.  More Info...
EVENTS
FEBRUARY 5 - FIRST TUESDAY LECTURE
Dr. Doug Clarke will present his lecture Dragonflies And Damselflies: Mississippi’s Bizarre And Beautiful Odonates at MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science. This event is free with museum admission and will also be available to view live on MDWFP's Facebook page.
FEBRUARY 9 - S.T.E.M., LEAVES, AND TREES  
Join us at the MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science for Arbor Day as we explore the science behind trees with hands-on, interactive activities for school groups and families. 
FEBRUARY 9 - DINNER & A DIVE  
Join us for “Dinner and a Dive” among the aquariums and exhibits at MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Saltine, listed as one of Bon Appétit’s best new restaurants of the south! Reservations are required.
FEBRUARY 9 - YOUTH SQUIRREL HUNT
MDWFP is collaborating with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host youth squirrel hunts across Mississippi. These free hunts will take place on Saturday, February 9 and are designed to introduce youth (ages 10-15) to small game hunting and conservation. 
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