South Delta Hunting Season Closed until January 31 - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

South Delta Hunting Season Closed until January 31

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks ordered the closure of hunting season in the south Delta region until Jan. 31. 

Excessive flooding has left the area dangerous to hunters and visitors. 

Due to this closure, deer season is closed on Lake George, Twin Oaks, and Sunflower Wildlife Management Areas. Additionally, the U.S. Forest Service has closed the entire Delta National Forest to the public, including those hunting waterfowl and other wildlife.

All areas inundated by floodwater are “no wake” zones. Any boating in affected areas other than by residents/property owners is discouraged.

The MDWFP will continue its increased law enforcement presence in the affected areas to patrol the levees, promote public safety for residents affected by the rising waters, and enforce the wildlife laws that protect animals affected by flooding. 

Pursuant to the order of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks earlier this month, once the Mississippi River reaches forty-three (43) feet on the Vicksburg gauge AND the Steele Bayou Landside gauge reaches ninety (90) feet in Zone 4.B, hunting season, except for waterfowl season, will close. Zone 4.B is defined as areas in Sharkey, Humphreys, Yazoo, Issaquena, Warren counties which lie south of Highway 14, west of Highway 149, south of Highway 16 / 149, west of Highway 3, and east of Highway 61.

For more information, visit the MDWFP website at www.mdwfp.com or call 601.432.2400. 

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