The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will continue to enforce regulations concerning hunting with dogs on the Homochitto National Forest.
The regulations (Public Notice of Rule Number W17 3434) were first adopted at the beginning of last year’s hunting season.
From Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, 2013, all dog hunting groups or individuals hunting with dogs must obtain a permit to use dogs to hunt any animal or to train dogs on areas open to deer hunting with dogs on Homochitto National Forest. A copy of this public notice of rule can be obtained at www.mdwfp.com.
“This regulation began last year as a pilot project to help improve safety for hunters, landowners and all forest visitors,” said Homochitto District Ranger Bruce Prud’homme. “Last year was a success. Forest visitors, including people who hunt with dogs, had a safe and enjoyable experience on the National Forest. At the same time, nearby landowners and community residents had fewer complaints than previous years.”
To apply and receive a permit the following steps should be taken:
1) Beginning Oct. 5, go to www.mdwfp.com to submit an application for a permit. There is no cost for the permit. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the MDWFP at 601-432-2199.
2) Starting Oct. 15, the Forest Service will begin issuing permits through the mail. If applicants prefer, permits may be picked up in person from the Meadville Office by calling (601) 384-5876 to set up an appointment. Permits will be issued in the order which they were received.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the U.S Forest Service want to make the permit process as simple and quick as possible. “Last year, we had great success in implementing this regulation,” said Chad Dacus, MDWFP Wildlife Bureau Assistant Director. “Our organizations want to continue to make sure hunters are aware of this regulation.”