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 conservation objectives:
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 opportunities.
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: