Special Management Hunt Scheduled At Springdale Wildlife Management Area
The Springdale Wildlife Management Area (SWMA) Special Deer Hunt has been scheduled for October 22 – November 18. This year’s hunt will be divided into four sessions, with each session restricted to a maximum of 40 hunters. A public drawing will be held at the Enid Lake Field Office at 10 a.m. on October 18, 2010 to determine who will be eligible to hunt in the first three sessions.
Participants in the first three sessions may harvest one doe deer. The successful hunters from the first three sessions will be eligible to enter the fourth session.
If more than 40 hunters are successful in harvesting a doe during the first three sessions, there will be a random drawing for the 40 participants allowed to hunt in the fourth session. Hunters in the fourth session will be allowed to harvest one legal buck deer as defined by Mississippi Wildlife, Fish-eries & Parks as having either a minimum inside spread of 10 inches or a minimum main beam length of 13 inches.
The SWMA Special Deer hunt began in October of 2001 after the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks conducted a study which indicated that the deer populations in the SWMA needed to be managed.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks and implemented the special deer hunt to manage the deer population.
Keeping the buck to doe ratio in proportion allows for a healthier and overall better quality deer herd. The SWMA deer hunts have proven to be great and exciting every year. The deer hunts are not just another hunt, for many hunters it provides the opportunity to harvest a high caliber buck that just can’t be found in many other areas of the state. It also offers a chance to hunt in an area that is a sanctuary for many wildlife species, and recognized for its unique ecosystem.
Through events such as these, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake hopes to continue to provide quality recreational experiences, help introduce future generations to the great outdoors, and preserve and enhance the Natural Resources at Enid Lake.
Make Plans To Attend Hunting And Fishing Day
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Enid Lake would like to invite everyone to the National Hunting and Fishing Day scheduled at Riverview Recreation Area, located below the dam at Enid Lake, on September 25.
Activities will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. The fun-filled day will include hunting, fishing, and outdoor exhibits; along with musical entertainment, demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, children events, concession stands, and prize give-aways.
The morning kicks off with a youth fishing rodeo at 8 a.m. Anglers between the ages of 3-15 may participate. Only cane poles equipped with one hook will be allowed during the event. Participants found using casting style fishing poles, treble hooks, or multiple hooks will be asked to leave the event.
Enid Park Rangers encourage all participants to bring their own fishing gear including: cane poles, fishing tackle, stringers and bait. A limited amount of cane poles and bait will be available. Organizers wish to remind all participants that the youth fishing rodeo is restricted to youth only.
A new event planned this year will be a 3D-Archery Tournament hosted by the Grenada Bow Hunters Association. The tournament will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. and will include five shooting classes including: women, youth, traditional, and two classes for men.
Only archery equipment set up for hunting will be allowed. The winner of the tournament will receive a Mathews Mission Bow donated by Lakeway Archery in Grenada.
Other activities include: retriever demonstrations, musical entertainment, a water safety presentation, a raffle for prizes (children between 3 and 15 years of age will be eligible to win), 3-D archery shoot and a pop gun shoot. Free wildlife food plot seed will be given away to the first 200 visitors.
Corps officials encourage everyone to come and experience the great outdoors and to recognize the important role everyone has in preserving and improving our natural resources. In return we can introduce younger generations to the outdoors, and pass on skills and knowledge to make sure we do not lose what previous generations have worked so hard to protect.