Several wildlife groups will assist in an event for future hunters on Feb. 14 in an effort to lay the foundation for safe and responsible hunting.
Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources is offering a squirrel hunt for young people at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, located southeast of Starkville.
The hunt is for youth ages 16 years or younger. A parent, grandparent or guardian also must attend the hunt. A hunting license is not necessary for this hunt.
Wildlife and fisheries professor Don Jackson and John Guyton, associate Extension professor, along with other experienced hunters will provide the guns, dogs and ammunition. Shooting will be allowed for youth participants but only with direct, individual, personal supervision by event sponsors.
The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with workshops on hunting safety, ethics, wildlife ecology and wildlife management. Participants must attend the workshops prior to the hunt.
Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch. The hunt will begin after lunch and the seminar. Immediately after the hunt, there will be a demonstration on skinning and cleaning the harvested animals and then a squirrel dinner.
MSU's partners for the hunt include the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge; Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; the Mississippi Wildlife Federation; and the Mississippi Chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation.
The hunt is limited to 15 individuals so register soon by contacting Scott Messina at (662) 325-3133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the hunt, contact Guyton at (662) 325-3482 or email@example.com.