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Posted 1/30/2019

Release no. 19-003

Reagan Lauritzen

VICKSBURG, Miss. –Arkabutla Lake held its Third Annual Youth Squirrel Hunt Jan. 19-20, 2019, for youth aged 10-15 in a management area near Arkabutla Lake Dam. This hunting area has many species of large hardwoods that create excellent habitat for squirrels.

Each morning before the hunts, a safety briefing was held and breakfast was provided by WalMart.     

The hunters were divided into three groups including a dog handler, the chaperones, and a park ranger.

Each group was escorted to different areas of the approximate 800 acres. Despite unfavorable weather conditions, 16 volunteers assisted the 17 youth hunters who harvested 56 squirrels, with each youth harvesting at least one squirrel.

This hunt provided an opportunity for experienced small game hunters to educate younger generations of hunters on proper techniques and ethics of the sport.  

Everyone enjoyed the hunt and were very eager about participating in future hunts.

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’s traffic brings $14,000,000 annually to the local economy and supports almost 250 jobs. Arkabutla Lake is one of 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.