Hunting and other wildlife-related recreation has a strong and rich heritage in Mississippi. People from all over the United States come to Mississippi to hunt one of the largest white-tailed deer populations on the North American continent, as well as a superb wild turkey, duck, and small game populations. According to the results of a large national survey, over 309,000 individuals hunted in Mississippi during 2006 and spent over $557 million in hunting-related expenses. The policies and regulations associated with hunting and fishing in Mississippi are developed and enforced by theMississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Please visit their website for more information:
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks: This web site lists hunting and archery season dates, trapping information, bag limits, regulations, and license information for Mississippi quail, rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, opossum, bobcat, frog, deer, turkey, goose, dove, crow, duck, snipe, rails, waterfowl, and small and big game and migratory birds.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Whether summer gardens are for beauty or food, this time of year is sure to bring wildlife into close contact with people's property.
Many gardens provide healthy and nutritious food for local critters such as armadillos, raccoons, white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail rabbits and a wide variety of insects. Gardens are usually easy for wildlife to access and offer an inviting buffet with such easy pickings concentrated in one area. All that time and labor you spent during the spring should not be tossed out due to these garden pests.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- As a child, some of my favorite times were spent outdoors. Sadly, spending time outside is no longer the norm for many people.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Late spring and early summer is the time when wild animals are raising their young, but it also the time when people gear up for outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, playing baseball, riding all-terrain vehicles and visiting beaches.
We are fortunate to have ample green space in our state, but with this great resource comes the responsibility of respecting wildlife that use these spaces to raise young. The phrase "respect the nest" is an easy way to remember this responsibility.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Diseases are a big concern for deer biologists and managers.
Since the reestablishment of white-tailed deer across the Southeast, hemorrhagic disease has had a negative impact on their populations. Hemorrhagic disease in deer can be caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease viruses, or bluetongue viruses, and is spread by black gnats.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service will soon offer a weekly podcast that will be of interest to deer hunters and wildlife professionals in the Southeast.
Deer University launches May 11 and will be available to listeners free of charge on iTunes and at http://extension.msstate.edu/deeruniversity. Registration is the only prerequisite needed to listen and subscribe to the podcast.