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Posted 1/4/2018

Release no. 18-003


Contact
Shirley J. Smith
601-631-5223
shirley.j.smith@usace.army.mil

VICKSBURG, Miss…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Arkabutla Lake is hosting its annual Youth Raccoon Hunt January 26-27, 2018, February 2-3, 2018, and February 9-10, 2018 for youth aged 10-15 years. 

     Only two parties will be allowed to hunt per night. The hunt will be administered by both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Northwest Mississippi Raccoon Hunting Association.  All hunters will be accompanied by a Corps team member and a member of the Northwest Mississippi Raccoon Hunting Association. 

     Hunters are encouraged to bring flashlights/spotlights, warm clothes, and boots.  Firearms and other equipment will be provided by the Northwest Mississippi Raccoon Hunting Association.  Firearms will be carried by the designated cast member of the Northwest Mississippi Raccoon Hunting Association.  

     Applications must be received at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office by 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to be eligible for the drawing.  All state and federal regulations will be enforced.  For an application or more information on the hunt, please contact Coleman Pullen at (662) 562-6261, or stop by the Arkabutla Lake Field Office.  

     Although the primary mission of Arkabutla Lake is flood damage risk reduction, approximately 855,000 individuals visit Arkabutla Lake annually to enjoy the camping, playgrounds, swimming areas, several types of trails, fishing, boat ramps and marinas.  The lake traffic brings $14,000,000 annually to the local economy and supports almost 250 jobs. Arkabutla Lake is one of the four lakes in Mississippi maintained and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District.  Information on Corps lakes and recreational areas can be found on the Vicksburg District’s website. http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/