2015 Youth Participation Initiative Squirrel Hunt
- When: February 7, 2015
- Where: 7 locations throughout Mississippi (see map)
- Cost: Free; Liability Waiver Required
- Availability: 20 applicants per event
- Application Deadline: January 23, 2015
2015 Hunt Locations & Directions
Canal Section WMA (Itawamba County)
From the intersection of Hwy 78 and Hwy 25 in Fulton, go west on Hwy 78 4.0 miles and exit at the Peppertown Exit on to Hwy 178. On Hwy 178, go east 0.8 miles to the Canal Section WMA headquarters on the left.
Caney Creek WMA (Scott County)
From I-20, Exit 80: Take Hwy 481 south approximately 10 miles and turn right on CR 563. Go approximately 1.5 miles and turn right at headquarters entrance sign
Copiah County WMA (Copiah County)
Copiah County is located in Copiah County near Hazlehurst. Take exit 61 on Interstate Highway 55 near Hazlehurst. Go west on MS Highway 28 for approximately 8.17 miles to the intersection of Barlow Road. Turn right onto Barlow Road and travel approximately 11 miles to the intersection of Henneberry Road. Turn right onto Henneberry Road and go approximately .89 miles. Turn right onto a local road and travel approximately .11 miles. The Copiah WMA headquarters will be on your left.
Howard Miller WMA (Sharkey County)
Howard Miller is located in Issaquena County near Rolling Fork. From Rolling Fork go 5.2 miles west on Hwy 14. Turn left opposite the intersection with Hwy 1. Follow paved road 4.5 miles, then turn left on Grant Road. Follow Grant Road 3.2 miles to WMA Headquarters.
Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (Noxubee County)
From Highway 25 going south from Starkville toward Louisville, look for the green highway sign indicating Noxubee Refuge just after crossing into Winston County. Turn left onto Loakfoma Road at the sign. Follow the road until it ends at a T. Turn left and proceed approximately 9 miles.
O’Keefe Wildlife Management Area (Quitman County)
O’Keefe WMA is located in Quitman County near Lambert. From Batesville take Hwy. 6 West to Hwy. 3 at Marks. Go south on Hwy. 3 to Hwy. 322 at Lambert. Go East on 322 to 6th Street, turn south on 6th Street for approximately 7 miles to a sign on the left side of the road saying Headquarters Building. Turn left and go approximately 1/4 mile to the Headquarters Building.
Pascagoula River WMA (Jackson County)
From the intersection of Wade-Vancleave Rd. and Hwy 63 in the Wade community, go west on Wade-Vancleave Rd approximately 2 miles. The WMA headquarters in on the left.
Seven youth squirrel hunts will be held throughout Mississippi on Saturday, February 7, 2015. These hunts were developed to introduce youth ages 10 – 15 to hunting and conservation and youth should find the hunt to be exciting and rewarding. The events are provided by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Mississippi State University Extension Service, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at no cost to participants.
During the one-day events, youth participants will be exposed to principles of hunting and firearms safety, squirrel hunting with dogs, and the daily life of squirrels and their habitats. Best of all, youth participants will have the opportunity to participate in a squirrel hunt!
A completed liability waiver will also be required to participate. The waiver may be submitted on the day of the event. Each hunt site is limited to 20 youth participants. If the primary hunt site you apply for is full, we will try to place your application in your secondary choice if available.
Applicants will be notified by email regarding space availability for each location. A parent or legal adult guardian is required to accompany youth participants. Guns and ammunition for target shooting and hunting will be provided. Completion of a hunter education course by youth participants is not required. Selected participants will need to arrive no later than noon (12:00 pm), and the event will conclude by 6:30 pm. Supper will be provided, but participants will need to bring a lunch or eat before arrival.
These youth hunts are supported by funding from the MDWFP Youth Participation Initiative Program, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, and the National Wildlife Federation. Thank you for applying for a youth squirrel hunt and for your support of hunting, wildlife conservation, and outdoor activities. Please contact Brad Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or Melanie Starnes at email@example.com for additional information. You may also call them at 601-605-1790.
Special thanks to the National Wildlife Federation for supporting this program.
2014 Youth Squirrel Hunt Photos
Photos courtesy of Dave Godwin, Brad Young, Don Bales, Windie Reaves, Demery Grubbs, Nicole Hodges, and Jimmy Rayburn