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Posted 2/13/2018

Release no. 18-008

Shirley J. Smith

     Vicksburg, Miss…Arkabutla Lake of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks partnered to host the 13th Annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt held January 27, 2018 and February 3, 2018. The two-day hunt, opened for youth 10-15 years of age, was an opportunity for more experienced hunters to teach the younger hunters proper techniques and ethics of the sport. 

 The hunt, located in a 1,000-acre wildlife refuge at Arkabutla Lake, was a special draw waterfowl hunt.

 All participants, accompanied by their father or other adult, were responsible for meeting all age appropriate state and federal waterfowl hunting regulations.

 Before the hunt began, everyone enjoyed hot sausage and biscuits, donated from local convenience stores, J&J One Stop and Outfitters.

 The event was a success with 12 youth harvesting several ducks. Natural resource specialist stated, “This event gives many youth, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to experience a great hunt and learn from veteran hunters.”

 For information as how to apply for next year’s hunt, contact Ranger Rob Hoff at Arkabutla Lake at (662) 562-6261.

 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 approximately $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 website.