The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. are proud to announce the opening of applications for the 2020 Youth Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp. The camp’s mission is to recruit and retain waterfowl hunters and increase support for wetland conservation and waterfowl hunting in Mississippi. This camp is much more than a waterfowl hunt.
Youth ages 13 – 16 will increase their knowledge of waterfowl biology and wetland management. Classroom discussions and field activities led by biologists and other wildlife professionals will help students gain a better understanding of wetlands, waterfowl, and the role of hunting in conservation.
In addition, local field trips to public lands will expose youth to the diversity of wetland habitats used by waterfowl during winter in Mississippi. Other activities will include shooting instruction and safety training, as well as an optional adult-supervised waterfowl hunt for camp participants under the age of 16.
The camp will be held in the Mississippi Delta at Leroy Percy State Park and Muscadine Farms Wildlife Management Area from February 6 – 9, 2020. Youth ages 13 – 16 are encouraged to apply; however, only youth under the age of 16 will be eligible to participate in the waterfowl hunt. Prior hunting experience is not required. Because of limited space, only 15 youth will be selected based on applicant essays.
To apply, youth should complete an application found online at mdwfp.com/waterfowl under “Youth Waterfowl Camp”. The deadline for applications is December 26, 2019 at 12:00PM. All applications will be ranked by the content of the essays, and youth will be notified if they were selected for the camp soon after applications are closed.
For more information about the camp, contact Houston Havens at (601) 432-2196 or Houston.Havens@wfp.ms.gov.