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. -- Feral cat control has been hotly debated in recent years because of concerns over lethal measures to limit the numbers of animals many consider to be pets.
Many of us have experienced the feel-good act of feeding or housing a stray cat. With so many cats roaming freely, how can we tell if a cat is wandering, homeless or feral? Knowing the difference can allow you to take the most humane action in helping the cat.
The first rule of transporting wild hogs is to not transport wild hogs. Bronson Strickland is the Mississippi State University Extension Service wildlife biologist and management specialist. He said the best way residents can help eradicate wild hogs is to hunt them while also trapping and killing them. Hunters who bring wild hogs into the state or relocate them for hunting, however, are committing a crime.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- As hunting season begins, there are several issues landowners need to keep in mind when they allow sportsmen to use their property for hunting, fishing or other recreation.
Landowners should consider accident liability, lease fees and a legal contract for the arrangement. In a recreational hunting lease, the landowner grants access to his or her land for a certain period of time in exchange for fees or services rendered.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Rooting and wallowing by wild hogs cause extensive land and crop damage, which can be stopped only by getting rid of the invasive animals.
Bill Hamrick, a wildlife associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said wild hogs use their snouts to turn over soil as they search for food.
"I heard someone say that if it has a calorie and they can get their mouth around it, hogs will eat it," Hamrick said. "Wild hogs are a generalist species. They eat whatever they can find year-round."
Trevor Garrett stays busy. He divides his days between farming soybeans with his father, Johnnie Ferrell Garrett, and working as a research associate at Mississippi State University's Pontotoc Ridge–Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station.