VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s Arkabutla Lake and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks are hosting waterfowl hunts for youth hunters Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 2020, near Arkabutla Lake Dam, which is located approximately 35 miles north of Marks, Mississippi.
To be eligible for participation, youth hunters must be between the ages of 10 and 15 and be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. Participants are encouraged to possess a general knowledge of state and federal waterfowl hunting regulations and will be held responsible for meeting said regulations.
Applications for the hunts may be obtained at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office or online at https://go.usa.gov/xpXha. Completed applications may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered in person or by mail to the field office at 3905 Arkabutla Dam Road, Coldwater, MS 38618.
Applications must be submitted and received by 3:00 p.m. Jan. 10, 2020. Any missing or false information will result in a rejection of the application.
Six hunters per hunt will be randomly selected from all valid applications received. Selected applicants will be notified with their scheduled hunting date and time. Participants are encouraged to bring all necessary supplies associated with waterfowl hunting, such as chest-waders, duck calls, and shotguns with ammunition.
The purpose of the hunt is to encourage experienced waterfowl hunters to teach younger generations the proper techniques and ethics of the sport.
Arkabutla Lake is one of four Mississippi flood control reservoirs in the USACE Vicksburg District’s area of responsibility. Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada and Sardis lakes were authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1936, which provided a plan designed to address flooding that originated in the Yazoo Basin. The four reservoirs are used to hold runoff, or excess rainwater, as a flood-prevention measure. With approximately 3.2 million visitors each year, the north Mississippi lakes also contribute approximately $82 million into the local economy.
USACE is the world’s largest public engineering organization and has a firm commitment to preserving and enhancing our natural environment. USACE is the largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation in the nation. The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.