Outdoors Briefs June 1, 2012

By Kevin Tate/Outdoors Writer

License-free fishing open statewide this weekend
The first weekend of National Fishing and Boating Week in June of each year is designated as Free Fishing Weekend.
Any person may sport fish without a license on Free Fishing Weekend, Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, July 4 is still designated as free fishing day on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Anglers will be able to fish for free on any public waters.
Also, licenses and permits are not required to fish any state fishing lakes or state park lakes on this weekend. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will honor this national week by hosting several events. For more information call 601-432-2400.

History of Enid Lake comes to life at visitor center
Mike Robinson, supervisory ranger at Enid Lake, will present a program on the impoundment’s history from its beginning in 1947.
Robinson has worked on local historical projects including Ford’s Well and has written numerous articles on the lake’s construction and the families present on the Enid land before construction began.
This work won the notable Howard Crittenden National Interpreters’ Award. The event is set for the NMFH Visitor Education Center, June 2 at 2 p.m. For more information contact the NMFH Visitor Education Center at 662-563-8068.

Natural science museum to hold snake day next week
Live snakes will be on display from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and snake experts will be doing lectures and presentations from 10 a.m. until noon June 5, which has been designated “Snake Day” at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson.
Herpetologist Bryan Fedrick will discuss the differences between venomous and non-venomous snakes, and the latter will be involved in hands-on opportunities.
Daily Journal, wire reports