JACKSON, Miss.- According to the Vicksburg Post deer hunting season will close along the Mississippi River on Sunday January 3rd.
The current and expected flooding is ending the season early. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks says that these rifer stages and areas will be closed at the following levels on Sunday:
- Vicksburg, MS gauge at 43 feet. Closed areas: Issaquena, Sharkey and Warren counties South of Highway 14, West of Highway 61 and North of the Big Black.
- Greenville, MS gauge at 48 feet. Closed areas: Washington and Issaquena Counties South of Highway 82, West of Highway 1 and North of Highway 14.
- Memphis gauge at 34 feet. Closed areas: Desoto, Tunica and Coahoma Counties West of Highway 61 and North of Highway 49.
- Helena, AR gauge at 41 feet. Closed areas: Coahoma, Bolivar and Washington Counties 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.
The MDWFP says that much of the wildlife will be displaced due to the rising water which will already put a pressure on food sources, reports WLBT.