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MDWFP to sharply curtail hunting season due to rising flood waters

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From the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks:

Heavy rains and rising Mississippi River levels have hunters yet again looking down the barrel of hunting season closures. As a result of these high-water levels, all hunting except for waterfowl will close based on these parameters (projected date of closure levels listed for each zone):

Zone map. Click to expand.

Zone 1: (Projected to reach 34 feet on Tuesday, Jan. 21)

When the Memphis, Tenn., gauge reaches 34 feet and shall remain so until the Mississippi River level falls to or below 32 feet. (Lands in DeSoto, Tunica and Coahoma counties that lie south of Tennessee state line, west of Highway 61 and north of Highway 49)

Zone 2: (Projected to reach 41 feet on Monday, Jan. 20)

When the Helena, Arkansas gauge reaches 41 feet and shall remain so until the Mississippi River level falls to or below 39 feet. (Lands in Coahoma, Bolivar and Washington counties that lie south of Highway 49, west of Highway 61 to the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 444, west of Highway 1 and north of Highway 82)

Zone 3: (Projected to reach 48 feet on Monday, Jan. 20)

When the Greenville, MS gauge reaches 48 feet and shall remain so until the Mississippi River level falls to or below 46 feet. (Lands in Washington and Issaquena counties that lie south of Highway 82, west of Highway 1, and north of Hwy 14)

Zone 4: (Projected to reach 43 feet on Friday, Jan. 17)

When the Vicksburg, MS gauge reaches 43 feet and shall remain so until the Mississippi River level falls to or below 41 feet. (Lands in Issaquena, Sharkey and Warren counties that lie south of Highway 14, west of Highway 61, and north of the Big Black River)

The following Wildlife Management Areas (WMA): Shipland, Mahannah, Phil Bryant

Zone 4B: (Projected to reach 90 feet on Friday, Jan. 17)

When the Steele Bayou gauge reaches 90 feet and shall remain so until the Steele Bayou level falls to or below 88 feet. (Lands in Sharkey, Humphreys, Yazoo, Issaquena and Warren counties that lie south of Highway 14, west of Highway 149, south of Highway 16 / 149, west of Highway 3, and east of Highway 61

  • The following Wildlife Management Areas (WMA): Lake George, Twin Oaks, and Sunflower.
  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has closed Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, including the Carter Unit, consistent with state regulations. In addition, the Brown Tract on the northeast side of Delta National Forest is closed to all hunting until floodwaters recede.

MDWFP will increase its law enforcement presence in the affected areas to patrol the levees, ensure public safety for residents affected by rising waters and enforce wildlife laws that protect animals displaced by floodwaters.

For more information about this closure and to view a map displaying closure zones please visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2400. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.

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