JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hardwood bottomland that hasn't been hunted for half a century will open this year to about 65 lucky bowhunters.
The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/14rpG8x) that the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District plans a series of 13 special-permit hunts in two areas around Ross Barnett Reservoir. They'll include about 500 acres near Pelahatchie Bay, plus the first legal hunting on about 400 acres below the dam since its construction five decades ago.
The board says draw hunt guidelines will be published by Sept. 1 on its website, www.therez.ms.
Applications will be taken from Sept. 10-24. They're free. The permits cost $300 below the dam and $200 near Pelahatchie Bay.
Each permit holder may bring a guest who is at least 12 years old, but only one at a time may carry a bow.
Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com