Monday, October 23, 2017

JACKSON, MS - December 28, 2015  - As a result of the recent severe weather and heavy rains that we have experienced in the past few days, the Mississippi River is beginning to rise at a rate in excess of that experienced during the floods of 2008-2009. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) would like to remind everyone of several important items.

 

As waters rise, many deer and other wildlife may be displaced from their normal habitat. As these animals move onto adjacent lands, this will place additional pressure on food sources. Supplemental feeding is not recommended in areas that will be inundated with floodwater. Private landowners adjacent to areas inundated with flood waters may utilize supplemental feeding as permitted by law, rule, or regulation. Remember, it is illegal to pour, pile, or place any supplemental feed directly on the ground.

The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks adopted Miss. Admin. Code, Part 4, Rule 1.5 which states that no person shall take, catch or kill, or attempt to take, catch or kill any wild bird or wild animal (except waterfowl) within specific areas along the Mississippi River during times of flooding at the levels listed below. The gauges, river stages, and areas closed at these levels are as follows:

Memphis gauge at 34 feet. Areas closed: Desoto, Tunica and Coahoma counties West of Highway 61 and North or Highway 49
Helena, AR gauge at 41 feet. Areas closed: Coahoma, Bolivar and Washington counties South of Highway 49, West of Highway 61 to the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 444, West of Highway 1, and North of Highway 82
Greenville, MS gauge at 48 feet. Areas closed: Washington and Issaquena Counties South of Highway 82, West of Highway 1, and North of Highway 14
Vicksburg, MS gauge at 43 feet. Areas closed: Issaquena, Sharkey and Warren counties South of Highway 14, West of Highway 61, and North of the Big Black

The MDWFP will increase its law enforcement presence in the affected areas to promote public safety for residents affected by the rising waters, and to enforce the wildlife laws that protect game animals affected by flooding. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops to determine whether or not any seasons need to be suspended or closed, and to provide information to the public to promote safety until conditions improve.

For more information regarding hunting in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601) 432-2400.