The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Arkabutla Lake and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will host a waterfowl hunt Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 for youth aged 10-15 in a management area near Arkabutla Lake Dam.
A total of 12 hunters, six per hunt, will be selected from applications received by 3 p.m. Jan. 11.
All youth hunters must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older. Participants will be responsible for meeting all age appropriate state and federal waterfowl hunting regulations. The accompanying adult is encouraged to possess a general knowledge of state and federal waterfowl hunting regulations. The accompanying adult and youth are also encouraged to bring all necessary materials associated with waterfowl hunting, i.e. chest-waders, duck calls and shotgun with ammunition.
Selected applicants will be notified of their hunting date and time. Any missing or false information will result in rejection of the application. All state and federal waterfowl regulations will be enforced.
The hunt will provide an opportunity for experienced waterfowl hunters to teach a younger generation of hunters the proper techniques and ethics of the sport.
Applications may be mailed or completed at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 3905 Arkabutla Dam Road, Coldwater, MS 38618. For further information on the hunt or the application, contact Rob Hoff at the Arkabutla Lake Field Office 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's traffic brings $14 million 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.