2017 Youth Squirrel Hunt

2018 Youth Participation Initiative Squirrel Hunt
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  • When: February 10, 2018
  • Where: 7 locations throughout Mississippi (see map)
  • Cost: Free: Liability Waiver Required and Photo Release
  • Availability: 20 applicants per event
  • Registration closes January 31, 2018

Map of 2017 Youth Squirrel Hunt Locations

2018 Hunt Locations TBA

2017 Hunt Locations & Directions

Canal Section WMA (Itawamba County)

Meet at Woodman of the World Building: Take exit 101 from I-22/US-78 E (Peppertown exit), turn towards Peppertown (east onto Hwy 178), go 0.2 miles then take first left onto Peppertown Plaza.

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.

Panther Swamp (Yazoo County)

Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge’s expansive bottomland hardwood forests, cypress-tupelo sloughs, and meandering bayous represent some of the best remaining examples of the historically predominant habitat types that once characterized the entire Mississippi floodplain.

From Jackson:
I-20 and I-55 exchange, travel northwest on I-20W toward Exit 43A. Slight right onto US-49N (signs for I-220 / N Jackson / Yazoo City) continue onto I-220 N. Take Exit 5B to merge onto US-49N / Delta Dr / Medger Evers Blvd toward Flora / Yazoo City. Continue to follow US-49N. From Flora Travel 22 miles on US-49N, turn left onto On MS-149 N / MS-16 W / Broadway St, continue to follow MS-149 N / MS-16W for 12 miles. Office is on the left.

From Belzoni:
Hwy 12 and US-49W S exchange, travel south on US-49W S 5 miles, turn right onto MS-149 S, travel 15 miles (From MS-14 E and MS-149 intersection, travel 5 miles). Office is on the right.

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.

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 10, 2018. 

These hunts were developed to introduce youth ages 10 – 15 to hunting and conservation. Kids and their accompanying adults will learn about the role of hunting in wildlife conservation, hunting ethics, wildlife biology and firearm safety. Then head to the woods on a real hunt! The events are provided by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), 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 Photo Release 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 byoung@mswf.org or Melanie Starnes at mstarnes@mswf.org for additional information.

Special thanks to the National Wildlife Federation and to Academy Sports & Outdoors for supporting this program.

PLEASE NOTE:  If the registration form processes correctly, this screen will clear and you will no longer see the registration form.  You will also receive an email confirming registration.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN JANUARY 1, 2018.

2017 Youth Squirrel Hunt Photos

Photos courtesy of Amanda Jones, Irene Reaves, Kris Godwin and Karri Fulton.