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Youth waterfowl hunts announced at Arkabutla Lake

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District has announced that Arkabutla Lake will host youth waterfowl hunts on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, 2024. 

The hunt is held in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks in a management area near Arkabutla Lake Dam. A total of 12 hunters, six per hunt, will be randomly selected from all applications received.  Applications must be submitted and received by 3 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2024. 

These hunts will be open to youth 10 to 15 years of age.  All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older and all participants will be responsible for meeting all age-appropriate State and Federal waterfowl hunting regulations. 

The accompanying adult is encouraged to possess a general knowledge of state and federal waterfowl hunting regulations.  The accompanying adult and youth are also encouraged to bring all necessary materials associated with waterfowl hunting, i.e., chest-waders, duck calls, and shotgun with ammunition.  

Applications may be obtained either at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office, or printed from the Arkabutla Lake webpage and returned to, or mailed to the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at:  3905 Arkabutla Dam Rd.  Coldwater, MS  38618. Applicants may also e-mail their applications to Ranger Rob Hoff. For email information or questions about the application or hunt please call (662) 292-1992.

* Selected applicants will be notified of their appropriate time and hunting date *

* Any missing or false information will result in a rejection of the application. *

* All state and federal waterfowl regulations will be enforced. *

The youth waterfowl hunts serve as an opportunity for experienced waterfowl hunters to teach younger generations of hunters the proper techniques and ethics of the sport.

The USACE Vicksburg District is engineering solutions to the nation’s toughest challenges. The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, that holds nine major river basins and incorporates approximately 460 miles of mainline Mississippi River levees.    

Bob Bakken

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