Meridian Star

July 12, 2013

Outdoor Notes


The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     The Mississippi Wildlife Federation's 27th Extravaganza is set for August 2 – 4, 2013. There is a need for volunteers to help manage many phases of the huge event. Help is needed for such activities as show set-up, admissions, Big Buck Contest/Magnolia Records Program display, golf car drivers, information booth, MWF membership booth, Mississippi Hunter's Harvest, show break down and others. To volunteer, e-mail byoung@mswf.org, or phone 601-605-1790 for complete information. Volunteers will receive a Volunteer T-shirt to be worn while working. Jobs are available for one or all three days of the Extravaganza.

    The new 2013-2014 federal duck stamp went on sale June 28. The stamps, which cost $15, are valid through June 30, 2014. Purchased by millions of waterfowl hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and collectors every year, duck stamps help raise money to purchase and protect wetlands for ducks, geese and other wildlife species.

    "Duck stamps are one of the traditional ways hunters and others give back to conservation," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "We encourage everyone, whether they hunt waterfowl or not, to buy a duck stamp to help conserve our

precious wetland resources."

    Six-year-old Madison Grimm of South Dakota painted the canvasback duck that will appear on the 2013-14 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.  The boy’s oil painting was judged the winner among Best-of-Show entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

More than 29,000 students participated in state Junior Duck Stamp competitions. The winner receives $5,000.