Each of the MDWFP's Bureaus has a unique role in carrying
out our mission which is:
"to conserve and enhance Mississippi's wildlife, fisheries, and
parks, provide quality outdoor recreation, and engage the public in
natural resource conservation."
Learn about the role of each bureau in accomplishing our
Mississippi's legislative leadership recognized the need for
wildlife conservation in our state and founded the Mississippi Game
and Fish Commission in 1932. Since then, the Agency has been the
state's premier conservation agency. In 1989, the Bureau of Parks
and Recreation merged with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife
Conservation to form the Mississippi Department of Wildlife,
Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP). The MDWFP is the state agency charged
by state statute to conserve, manage, protect Mississippi's natural
resources, and provide continuing outdoor recreation
The MDWFP's annual budget is unlike that of many state agencies;
approximately 90% of this budget is derived from user generated
funds rather than state tax funds. Primary funding sources include
hunting and fishing license sales, permit and registration fees,
and federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment.
Over the decades the MDWFP has:
- Acquired and managed lands, waters, and parks to procure, in
perpetuity, public areas for nature-based recreation and to provide
habitat for fish and wildlife.
- Provided technical guidance and information to private and
public landowners on how to manage their land and water to benefit
fish and wildlife.
- Educated the public on the values and importance of
Mississippi's natural resources.
- Conducted research and population surveys to ensure
sustainability of native species.
- Restored populations of white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, wood
ducks, walleye, and striped bass.
- Stocked millions of fish in public lakes, ponds, rivers, and
- Constructed boat ramps to access lakes, rivers, and streams
- Educated the public on safe and ethical uses of Mississippi's
natural resources through hunter and boater education.
- Protected fish and wildlife populations through establishment
and enforcement of laws and regulations.
- Provided emergency response to natural disasters such as
hurricanes, tornados, and floods.
- Assisted other agencies in ensuring public safety.