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Ole Miss Ducks Unlimited chapter earns spot on Sweet 16 list

OXFORD, Miss. – May 23, 2016 – Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength. In 2015 the Ole Miss chapter was on the list.

Bulldog Chapter of Ducks Unlimited earns spot on Sweet 16 list

STARKVILLE, Miss. – May 23, 2016 – Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength. In 2015 the Bulldog chapter was on the list.

Mississippi Ducks Unlimited chapters make President’s Roll of Honor

JACKSON, Miss. – March 24, 2016 – DU’s President’s Roll of Honor is one of the most highly coveted recognition awards Ducks Unlimited offers its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the chapters in the United States that raise between $65,000 and $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2015, three chapters in Mississippi made the President’s Roll of Honor list.

Mississippi Ducks Unlimited chapter earns a spot on President’s Elite list

JACKSON – March 23, 2016 – The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 to $250,000 for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2015 the Hinds County chapter put Mississippi on the list.

DU Sr. VP honored by Mississippi Wildlife Federation

Ronal Roberson, Senior Vice President for Youth and Education on DU’s national advisory board, was selected as the Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s 2016 Conservationist of the Year.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Duck Numbers Average, Water Abundant

The 2015-2016 waterfowl season in Mississippi has been marked by unusually warm temperatures and significant rainfall, which has resulted in extensive flooding in the state's historic Delta region. The abundance of water has created thousands of acres of new habitat, spreading ducks out across flooded fields and bottomland forests.

Mississippi secures new Life Sponsors

Mississippi Ducks Unlimited welcomed seven new Life Sponsors during the 2015 state convention in Tunica July 18.

Another Successful Year for Mississippi's Youth Wetlands and Waterfowl Camp

The sixth annual Mississippi Youth Wetlands and Waterfowl Camp was held earlier this year at Leroy Percy State Park and Muscadine Wildlife Management Area. Thanks to the combined efforts of Ducks Unlimited; the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks; and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 14 teenage boys are now DU Greenwing members and have a better understanding of waterfowl hunting and conservation.

Mississippi DU recognized nationally

JACKSON, Miss. – June 9, 2015 – At its national convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ducks Unlimited recognized Mississippi as the top fundraising state in the country for 2014. DU's Top State Awards are based on total income growth, total member growth and the percentage of a state's chapters receiving the President's Citation. DU State Chairman David Victory received the honor on behalf of the more than 1,000 DU volunteers in Mississippi.

2016 Mississippi DU Gun Giveaway Calendar Winners


Public Hunting on DU Projects in Mississippi

Ducks Unlimited works across the country to ensure not only sufficient habitat for waterfowl, but also to ensure waterfowl hunters continue to have the opportunity to pursue their passion. Here are some of the DU projects in Mississippi that are open to the public for duck hunting.

Migration Alert: Mid-South Ducks Numbers Increase for Final Weekend

For hunters in the mid-Mississippi Alluvial Valley, the 2014–2015 duck season is set to go out with a bang, or lots of them! Hunting in this region ends at sunset on Jan. 25. According to reports from several mid-south areas, ducks are plentiful, and hunter success has increased significantly since warm southerly winds thawed out frozen waters in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Missouri's Bootheel. Ducks have responded to this thaw by showing up in large numbers.

Mississippi Refuge Enhancements Receive Grant Funding

Ducks Unlimited recently received a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for enhancement projects on two refuges along the Mississippi River. The first project will take place on the St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Natchez, Mississippi, and the second on the Yazoo NWR near Greenville, Mississippi.

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Mississippi state news.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowl Numbers above Average

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) waterfowl program biologists flew the first aerial survey of the Delta on Nov. 17–20, and the results are encouraging for duck hunters who will kick off the state's 2014-2015 waterfowl season on Thanksgiving.

Young Hunters Enjoy Mississippi Wetlands and Waterfowl Camp

The fifth annual Mississippi Youth Wetlands and Waterfowl Camp was held earlier this year at Gumbo Flats Lodge. Organized by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), this four-day camp provides a select group of boys and girls the opportunity to learn about wetlands ecology, hunting ethics, conservation, and waterfowl biology and identification.

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Miss. lawmakers tour conservation easements, restoration projects

On May 30, 2014, DU policy staff from both the Southern Regional Office and the Governmental Affairs Office, in conjunction with Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP), hosted a conservation field tour for congressional staffers and others.

Mississippi Hunters Have New Opportunity at Indianola WMA

The first of three phases of restoration work on the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' (MDWFP) newest wildlife management area (WMA) has been completed.

Rice Lands Provide Vital Waterfowl Habitat

Each fall, millions of waterfowl migrate from their northern breeding grounds to historical wintering sites in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) and along the Gulf Coast. Although the MAV once consisted largely of bottomland hardwood forests and the Gulf Coast was characterized by tall-grass prairie and shallow ponds, these regions have been transformed by agriculture and urbanization.

Sen. Roger Wicker (MS) supports NAWCA, e-duck stamp

Sen. Roger Wicker is a supporter of many of Ducks Unlimited’s public policy priorities, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowl Counts Reveal Impressive Numbers

Mississippi hunters pray for cold weather up north to push ducks into their state, and this year their prayers have been answered. A series of powerful cold fronts, hard freezes, and snow storms in the Midwest has triggered one of the biggest migrations of ducks into Mississippi in several years.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowlers Keeping Close Eye on Weather

Another cold front is bearing down on much of the Mid-South, bringing hopes of a significant mallard migration into the Mississippi Delta and points south.

Johnny Belz: Beloved Member of the DU Family Leaves His Mark

Johnny Belz was a dedicated DU volunteer, staff member, and Major Sponsor for more than 40 years, sharing his passion for conservation and the outdoors with thousands before his passing in 2013. Johnny's story was featured in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

MDWFP continues support for waterfowl habitat conservation

JACKSON, Miss. – Nov. 4, 2013 – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) Commission elected to continue their involvement in the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' state grants program at their recent meeting. Contributions to the program support habitat conservation for waterfowl in Canada.

Mississippi Ducks Unlimited District Chairmen


2013 MS DU State Convention


Mississippi DU on Facebook


Links to Mississippi Hunting Guides, Manufacturers, and More


Mississippi Ducks Unlimited Chairmen Past & Present

Mississippi State News

Mississippi Reaches $1 Million State Grant Milestone

Last fall, Ducks Unlimited presented the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Commission (MDWFP) with an award recognizing $1 million in state grant contributions made by the commission to DU for waterfowl habitat enhancement on the Canadian prairies.

Sen. Cochran: farm bill, NAWCA critical to safeguarding habitats

As the ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Sen. Thad Cochran (MS) has significant influence on DU policy priorities. He is also a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission and Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Senators tour WRP sites in Mississippi

Ducks Unlimited, along with partners Wildlife Mississippi and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), hosted a Farm Bill Conservation Tour in May. The tour of a property in the Mississippi Delta highlighted the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant project sites.

Mississippi native elected as Ducks Unlimited’s youth and education advisory board member

Miss. – June 21, 2013 – Ronal Roberson, of Charleston, Miss., was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore.

Mississippi native elected to Ducks Unlimited national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – June 20, 2013 – Wendell Weakley, of Oxford, Miss., was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore.

America's River Initiative

Rebuilding the glory of the Mississippi River floodplain by conserving key wintering habitat for millions of waterfowl and reinforcing the region’s rich waterfowling legacy.

Conservation Staff


Migration Alert: Light geese numbers increasing in North Mississippi

Mississippi Light Goose Conservation Order re-opened following the February 2-3 Youth Season, and steady numbers may provide excellent opportunities for the upcoming weekend.

USA Rice-DU partnership

WASHINGTON - Feb. 4, 2013 - A groundbreaking new partnership between the USA Rice Federation (USA Rice) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) was forged recently to serve as a model of cooperation and communication between a farm group and a conservation organization.

Continental Generosity - Daryl and Mary Pennington

Waterfowl are a continental resource that rely on habitat from their northern breeding grounds to their southern winter homes and all points in between. It takes a visionary to see beyond his backyard and support habitat conservation on a continental scale. Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation trustees Daryl and Mary Pennington of Ethel, Louisiana, are prime examples of such broadly committed sponsors, their generosity shining even more brightly given that Daryl and Mary began duck hunting less than 15 years ago.

Partnerships Achieve Results in Mississippi

In recent years, Ducks Unlimited has worked closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP); USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and private landowners to conserve wetlands across the Magnolia State.

Migration Alert: Mississippi biologist reports early mallards

Mississippi's season doesn't open until Nov. 23, but early habitat reports indicate the chance for an opportunity-rich season.

Mississippi Ducks Unlimited recognized nationally

RIDGELAND, Miss. – July 23, 2012 – Mississippi Ducks Unlimited State Chairman Keith Hancock of Brooksville was recognized as the number-one state chairman in the nation at DU's 75th Anniversary National Convention in Nashville, Tenn., in May.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates victory for Gulf Coast restoration

Ducks Unlimited is pleased that key elements of the RESTORE Act were included in the Surface Transportation Extension Act reported out of conference committee today.

Mississippi refuge renamed Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR

In honor of his predecessor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe joined with friends, conservation partners, FWS employees and the family of former FWS Director Sam Hamilton to unveil a new sign on June 22 that officially renamed Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.

Mississippi Increases Funding for Canadian Habitat Work

Dr. Curtis Hopkins, director of operations at DU's Southern Regional Office, and DU regional biologist Tim Willis attended a meeting held by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) Commission in Jackson.

Mississippi senators recognize DU's 75 years of conservation success

JACKSON, Miss. - April 20, 2012 - Mississippi Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, along with Arkansas Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman, have issued a Senate resolution recognizing the 75th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited and lauding the organization's history of conservation success in the state and across North America. The resolution was passed on Thursday.

Hinds County Chapter recognized nationally

RIDGELAND, Miss. – March 15, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. This past fall, the Hinds County Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Habitat Enhanced on Mississippi Wildlife Management Areas

Ducks Unlimited recently completed the first phase of a project to enhance waterfowl habitat on Howard Miller Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Issaquena County, Mississippi.

Twelve DU conservation projects receive NAWCA grant approval from MBCC, six more from NAWCC

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) met last week and approved more than $24.5 million in federal grants under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) for partnership-based conservation projects that will protect, restore and enhance more than 146,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats across the United States and Mexico.

Mississippi Ducks Unlimited Fundraising Staff


e-Duck Stamp program reaches Senate

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (Miss.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.) introduced the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act, S. 2071, in the Senate yesterday. This bill would make permanent the sale of federal duck stamps online—commonly referred to as the "e-Duck Stamp program."

Expiration of enhanced tax incentives could mean less conservation easement activity in 2012 after banner year in DU's Southern Region

With the looming expiration of enhanced easement tax incentives on Dec. 31, Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region experienced a banner year for donated conservation easements.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates 75 years of conservation success, special event set for Mississippi

Jan. 29 marks Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary. Started by four sportsmen on a mission to save North America's waterfowl populations—and the continent's strong waterfowling traditions—DU's humble beginnings came during the Great Depression and one of the worst droughts in history, far from ideal circumstances.

Mississippi: O'Keefe Wildlife Management Area Wetlands Enhancement Project

O'Keefe Wildlife Management Area sits in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley along the Tallahatchie River, an area of regional significance for waterfowl winging their way along the Mississippi Flyway.

Migration Alert: Duck numbers and available habitat increasing in Mississippi

Dec. 7, 2011: Duck numbers continue to increase in Mississippi and as harsh winter weather hits northern states hunters should expect more.

Waterfowl QA with Mark Reed

Recently named "Conservation Officer of the Year" by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the "Mississippi Flyway Officer of the Year" by the Mississippi Flyway Council for his exemplary dedication to protecting and preserving wildlife.

DU Works to Fund Future Mississippi Conservation Efforts

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Tim Willis recently met with members of the Mississippi Conservation Funding Coalition in Jackson to discuss options for creating a dedicated source of state funding for Mississippi conservation.

Mississippi Youngsters Attend Waterfowl Hunting and Education Camp

Mississippi youths introduced to the world of waterfowl, conservation and hunting heritage through

Policy News 3-16

DU to sportsmen: Ask Congress to direct oil spill fines back to Gulf Coast restoration; DU helps protect Miss. land grants funding from massive budget cuts; Natural Resources Trustees announce $1 billion down payment for Gulf Coast restoration efforts

Policy News 3-8

Conservation Pays (an op-ed piece by DU CEO Dale Hall); DU biologist attends meeting of coalition aimed at creating a source of state funding for MS conservation

DU making a difference in the Mississippi Delta

Known as the birthplace of the blues, the inspiration for myriad works of literature and a duck-hunting history as rich as its soil, the Mississippi Delta provides critical habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Faces of the Gulf Coast: Tommy and Emmy Ware

Tommy and Emmy Ware, father-daughter hunters and fishermen from Diamondhead, Mississippi, share their oil spill story.

Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont priority area

Mississippi Alluvial Valley

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Mississippi Alluvial Valley priority area.

Dr. Tom Moorman's Letter on the Gulf Coast

A letter from Dr. Tom Moorman, head of DU's Gulf Coast Response Team, on the state of Gulf Coast habitat before and after the oil spill

Cypress Bayou - Delta National Forest

To enhance 18-acre scrub/shrub impoundment on Delta National Forest installation of a new water control structure and construction of a new levee. The new water control structure is comprised of a 30-inch pipe, 63 feet in length with a full round riser.

Delta National Forest - Greentree #8, Wetlands Enhancement Project

To enhance 490-acre greentree impoundment on Delta National Forest through replacement of one water control structure. The new water control structure is made from 30-inch pipe, 119 feet in length with a screw gate to control the flow of water.

Delta National Forest - Fordice Tract Wetlands Enhancement Project

To enhance 140-acres greentree impoundment on Delta National Forest through replacement of 10 water control structures. The new water control structures are made from 24-inch pipes that ranged from 40 to 65 feet in length.

Malmaison WMA Wetlands Enhancement Project

To replace failing infrastructure and improve habitat management capabilities of the area. The improvements at Malmaison WMA began with the renovation of levees, removal of existing pipes and installation of new water control structures.

McCann Bayou- Beaver Pond Wetland

To improve habitat management capabilities and enhance habitat for waterfowl and other wetland dependent species on Delta National Forest through installation of 2 pipes equipped with full round risers. The project work consisted of removing 3 existing pipes under a Forest Service road and replacing them with the 2 new pipes.

Delta National Forest - Rookery Lake Enhancement

To enhance 85 acres of flooded cypress/buttonbush slough and inclusive moist-soil wetlands on Delta National Forest. The project required the installation of one cast-in-place concrete stoplog structure, refurbishment of water distribution ditches, and removal of woody vegetation from within the forested wetland.

Mahannah WMA

Mahannah WMA is depicted in the following photo.

Mahannah WMA - Phase II Habitat Project

To enhance 425 acres of important waterfowl habitat on Mahannah WMA through installation of water control structures and construction of external levees. Wetland engineers from the DU Southern Regional Office surveyed, designed and developed six impoundments with 13 associated water control structures.

Mississippi Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Mississippi. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

OKeefe WMA - Wetlands Restoration Project

To restore and enhance 1,535 acres of critical waterfowl habitat on OKeefe WMA through installation of several water control structures, construction of terrace levees, and installation of diesel pumps and water distribution system. This project provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl along the Tallahatchie River.

Dahomey NWR - Moist Soil Restoration

To restore 124 acres of moist-soil habitat on Dahomey NWR through installation of 5 water control structures and construction of 10,000 linear feet of perimeter and internal cross-levees. Two water wells are located adjacent to the site and can be used to flood the area if precipitation is inadequate.

Mahannah WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

To enhance 772 acres of important waterfowl habitat on Mahannah WMA through installation of water control structures and construction of external levees. This project provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl near the Yazoo River.

Delta National Forest

Here is a depiction of the Delta National Forest sign.

Panther Swamp NWR - Forested Wetlands Restoration

To restore 200 acres of forested wetlands habitat on Panther Swamp NWR through installation of two water control structures and renovation of interior levees. Previously, beaver activity had prevented managers from removing water during spring and summer months, thus killing bottomland hardwood trees.

Askew WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

To enhance 400 acres of moist-soil habitat on Askew WMA through installation of a well and electric pump. The project, which will positively impact over 400 acres, required the installation of a well and electric pump, and the construction of more than one mile of overhead three-phase power line. DU, through its MARSH program, provided funding to offset costs associated with the well and pump, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) covered expenses related to the power line and for repairs to levees and water control structures.

Coldwater River NWR - Catfish Ponds Enhancement

To enhance approximately 253 acres of moist-soil habitat on Coldwater River NWR through levee refurbishment and installation of water control structures. The project involves reworking the existing levees on 14 old catfish ponds and installing a new water control structure in each unit. DU completed the initial engineering survey / design of wetland units and provided management oversight for project construction.

Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

This page is about the Noxubee Wildlife Refuge.

Noxubee NWR - GTR #4 Enhancement

To enhance 500 acres of green-tree reservoir on Noxubee NWR through installation of two 60-inch diameter pipes with flashboard risers. GTR #4 was abandoned during the late 1970s due to drainage problems and uncontrolled beaver populations. This impoundment contains a mature stand of bottomland hardwoods including Nuttall, willow, water, and cherrybark oaks.

Noxubee NWR - Moist-soil Restoration

To enhance 450 acres of moist-soil habitat on Noxubee NWR through installation of a water control structure and extension of perimeter levee. GTR #3 was constructed in the late 1960s, but the majority of its timber died as a result of beaver activity in the early 1970s. The impoundment has been managed for moist-soil seed production since that time, but water levels have been difficult to manage due to an inadequate water control structure.

Upper Sardis WMA - Bagley Bottoms Waterfowl Area

To enhance 200 acres of moist-soil habitat and flooded agricultural fields on Upper Sardis WMA through installation of 4 water control structures and construction perimeter levee. Bagley Bottoms was acquired by the U.S. Forest Service in 1991 and is currently being managed in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Wildcat Brake WMA - Moist-soil Restoration

To enhance 200 acres of moist-soil habitat on Wildcat Brake WMA through installation of five water control structures and construction of small perimeter levees. This WMA consists of 1,800 acres of wildlife habitat and provides excellent opportunities for deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Springdale WMA - Wetlands Restoration Project

To enhance 600 acres of wetlands habitat on Springdale WMA through installation of three water control structures and construction of small perimeter levees. The water level in Enid Lake is typically drawn-down during fall months in preparation for flood control.

Delta National Forest - Long Bayou Enhancement

To enhance 2,000 acres of flooded sloughs and adjacent bottomland hardwoods on Delta National Forest through installation of 5 water control structures. The Long Bayou Project involves the improvement of existing water control structures and the modification of drainage patterns that have been affected by beaver activity.

Delta National Forest - Stringer Lakes Restoration

To enhance 500 acres of flooded cypress/buttonbush sloughs and adjacent bottomland hardwoods on Delta National Forest through installation of 1 weir structure and construction of small levee. Although cypress sloughs hold permanent water, this project will provide more management capabilities for the area.

Delta National Forest - Dummy Line Restoration

To enhance 500 acres of flooded cypress/buttonbush sloughs and adjacent bottomland hardwoods on Delta National Forest through installation of 1 weir structure and construction of small levee. Although cypress sloughs hold permanent water, this project will provide more a manageable water source for the area.
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