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Hunting permit applications to be accepted starting today

Beginning today, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will accept draw permit applications for deer, rabbit, and early season teal hunts on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).

Applications for rabbit and early season teal hunts will be accepted through August 15th. Applications for deer draw hunts will be accepted through August 30th. Applicants must apply online at www.mdwfp.com/draws and have a valid Mississippi hunting license before applying for a WMA draw hunt.

This year there will be two special youth dove hunts held on Black Prairie and Mahannah WMAs. The Black Prairie Youth Dove Hunt will be held on September 3rd, and the Mahannah Youth Dove Hunt will be held on September 8th.

These hunts are open to youth hunters 15 years of age and younger. A parent or guardian over 21 must accompany each youth hunter during the entire hunt. Youth hunters must check in the day of the hunt at 11 a.m. The hunt will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude at sunset. Special events during the day of the hunt will include skeet shooting, safety discussions, and a provided lunch.

Participants must register online at www.mdwfp.com/draws to attend these hunts. Applications will be accepted beginning today and on a first come first serve basis. Each hunt will be limited to 50 youth.

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