The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) adopted new regulations (Rule Number W16 3434) concerning hunting with dogs on the Homochitto National Forest. From November 1, 2011 – January 31, 2012, 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 is a pilot project intended to help provide order and improve safety for hunters, landowners and all forest visitors,” said Homochitto District Ranger Bruce Prud’homme. “We hope this initial step will help all visitors to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the National Forest. At the same time, we want to be a ‘good neighbor’ to nearby landowners and community residents.”
To apply and receive a permit the following steps should be taken:
- Beginning October 1st, 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.
- Starting October 11, 2011, 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 Homochitto National Forest want to make the permit process as simple and quick as possible. “This is the first year of this regulation,” said Chad Dacus, MDWFP Wildlife Bureau Assistant Director. “Information sharing is essential. Our organizations want to make sure hunters are aware of the new regulation.”