CLARK MCMINN: Time to get educated about hunting
With the opening of deer gun season fast approaching, the opportunities to enroll in a hunter education class prior to hunting season are limited.
The Golden Triangle area has upcoming scheduled classes in Lowndes and Oktibbeha County.
The class in Lowndes County is scheduled for Saturday and the Oktibbeha County class is scheduled for Saturday, November 6.
These classes are 10 hours in length and begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 6:30 p.m. All persons born after January 1, 1972 are required to complete a hunter education course before they will be allowed to purchase a hunting license. Hunters 16 years of age and older, unless otherwise exempted, must purchase a license prior to hunting in Mississippi and have it on their person while hunting.
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks offers these classes free of charge at locations across the Region. Anyone interested in one of these classes should call the North Region MDWFP Office at 662-840-5172 for locations and to pre-register.
If one of the above listed classes is not convenient a complete listing of remaining classes may be found at www.mdwfp.com under the Education and Administration tab.
Handicapped deer hunts offered
Trim Cane WMA located North of Starkville on Highway 389 is offering Handicap Deer Hunting opportunities by special draw permit only.
To be eligible, handicapped applicants must have a physical condition which makes them fully dependent on a wheelchair for mobility. Applications must be received by November 01, 2010 to be entered into the random draw. Apply online at www.mdwfp.com under Trim Cane Handicap Deer Draw Hunt Application. Applicants will be notified by e-mail if drawn.
Handicapped hunts will be held on Saturday afternoons and all selected participants must check in and out at the Trim Cane WMA headquarters.
Handicapped deer hunt participants may use centerfire rifles, shotguns with slugs, or primitive weapons during any hunt date.
If you have any questions please contact the MDWFP Wildlife Bureau Office at 601-432-2199 or MDWFP North Region Office at 662-840-5172.
Getting youth quail hunt information
Area youth age 12–18 interested in learning more about the bobwhite quail and quail hunting are being offered that opportunity on Saturday, November 13, at Burnt Oak Lodge located in Crawford.
Participating youth will learn quail habitat requirements and basic land management practices from certified wildlife biologists, principles of quail hunting and firearms safety by certified firearm instructors and also be allowed to participate in a real quail hunt supervised by area quail hunting enthusiasts.
The event begins at 8 a.m. and should conclude around 5 p.m. A parent or legal guardian is required to accompany each youth attending. Any youth 16 years of age or older must possess a valid Mississippi Small Game, All Game, Sportsman or Lifetime hunting license. Lunch will also be provided.
This is a great opportunity to introduce a youth to the grand sport of quail hunting at a premier quail hunting facility at no cost. Sponsors Burnt Oak Lodge, Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, MSU Extension Service and Quail Forever have generously donated their time and resources to make this a memorable day for not only the participating youth but also the accompanying adult.
Directions and facility information for Burnt Oak Lodge may be found at www.burntoaklodge.com.
To apply for the hunt or for more information contact MDWFP Small Game Biologist Rick Hamrick 662-617-1445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hunt is limited to 12 youth participants so get your application in early.
Captain Clark McMinn is the North Region Law Enforcement Administrator for the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and a guest columnist for the Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Daily News or its staff.