Water not expected to affect deer season, wildlife bosses say~
Deer hunting season in MS is still on despite migration of deer during the historic MS River flood.
Water has displaced deer in the South Delta and the mainline MS River levee system.
However, history shows deer will escape to higher ground and follow receding water back to their home range, the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said this past week.
"We have been evaluating the situation along the MS River and throughout the south Delta. Once the water recedes, we will be making site visits to properties along the River in order to determine the impacts of flooding on deer abundance," says Lann Wilf, a deer program biologist with the agency, in a release.
"However, we expect minimal long-term impacts to deer abundance because flood waters rose slowly," Wilf said, "which gave deer time to seek higher ground."
MDWFP does have the authority to close hunting seasons during emergencies, but it has not been recommended nor is it being considered by the agency, the release said.
Several seasons are scheduled in the fall for various types of deer hunting in MDWFP zones 1 and 3, which include land inside Warren County.
For more info on deer hunting season, log on to the MDWFP's website at http://home.mdwfp.com/.
(Article taken from The Vicksburg Post)
A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter
Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.
Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.