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Youth duck hunt is Saturday

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is reminding hunters that all Wildlife Management Areas with waterfowl hunting opportunity are open Saturday for the first youth waterfowl hunting day of the season. Adults are encouraged to take a youth under the age of 16 out to enjoy the state’s waterfowl hunting during this opportunity. Early reports from several WMAs across the state indicate ducks have arrived and are using managed wetland areas after much of the state experienced freezing temperatures earlier in the week.

“It is important to the MDWFP that Mississippi waterfowl hunters share their passion for hunting with our future hunters. State waterfowl stamp sales provide funds to accomplish important waterfowl management work like wetland enhancement and restoration projects,” said Houston Havens, MDWFP waterfowl program coordinator.

Waterfowl regulations and bag limits for the youth waterfowl 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. An adult who is licensed to hunt waterfowl in Mississippi must accompany youth hunters, and adults may not harvest waterfowl during the youth hunt. Before hunting public lands, hunters are reminded to check the specific area regulations and maps for the area they plan to hunt.

For more information, visit www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl or call 601-432-2199.