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USACE Vicksburg District clarifies new velvet deer season does not apply at its projects

USACE Vicksburg District
Published Sept. 15, 2022

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District would like to remind visitors to Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Lakes that the new velvet deer season in the state of Mississippi does not apply to USACE lands.

The velvet season will take place September 16-18, 2022 on private lands only.

For more information on hunting and trapping seasons and policies at the north Mississippi lakes, visit https://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/. There are links with those policies as well information about hunting stands and blinds. Hunters are encouraged to read and understand all district hunting policies and seasons prior to visiting USACE lakes. A safe hunting season is the district’s top priority.

For more information about the velvet deer season, visit the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website at https://www.mdwfp.com/media/news/wildlife-hunting/2022-velvet-season/.

Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid and Grenada lakes, the four Mississippi flood control reservoirs in the Vicksburg District’s area of responsibility, 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 million visitors each year, the north Mississippi lakes also contribute approximately $82 million into the local economy.

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. The Vicksburg District is engaged in hundreds of projects and employs approximately 1,100 personnel.

Anna Owens

Release no. 22-085