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MDWFP official reminds deer hunters to have licenses ready as gun season begins

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Photo courtesy of Mississippi State University

With statewide gun season for deer hunting opening this Saturday, Nov. 19, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Executive Director Lynn Posey is reminding hunters to make sure their licenses are up to date.

“Saturday is a big day that almost every sportsman in the state of Mississippi looks forward to,” Posey said earlier this week during an appearance on The Gallo Show. “I want to remind them to go out and buy their license, and if they’ve got their license already, they need to make sure they check that expiration date on it.”

In Mississippi, residents can purchase a license for as cheap as $25 after completing a hunter education course. 300% of the profits go to the state’s wildlife resources and conservation programs.

“We’re able to take the dollars that our sportsmen spend on it and leverage it to get about three dollars to every one dollar they spend from the federal government to help operate a lot of programs that we run here at the department,” Posey said.

Examples of what the MDWFP uses license fees for include managing public hunting and fishing areas, putting on public events such as fishing rodeos, as well as providing hunter education to young people.

To learn more about attaining and updating a hunting license in Mississippi, visit the MDWFP’s website.

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