The MDWFP Wildlife Bureau is an authority on wildlife
conservation and management, and serves current and future
generations of Mississippians by ensuring the well-being and
sustainability of the State's wildlife while providing and
promoting recreational opportunities. The Wildlife Bureau is
composed of wildlife biologists and managers who oversee the
conservation of wildlife throughout the Magnolia State.
The Wildlife Bureau accomplishes our conservation objectives by
addressing the three central themes of the MDWFP mission:
I. CONSERVE AND ENHANCE MISSISSIPPI'S
WILDLIFE, FISHERIES, AND PARKS
Managing Mississippi's Wildlife
Wildlife biologists provide assistance to landowners and hunting
clubs to enhance wildlife and their habitats on private lands. This
free guidance is tailored to meet the needs of individual
properties and can range from a single property visit to long-term
cooperative relationships that implement detailed harvest or
habitat management plans.
The Wildlife Bureau also directly manages wildlife and habitat
on 52 Wildlife Management Areas throughout the state that
encompasses more than 675,000 acres. Each WMA is uniquely
administered depending upon its physiographic region, habitat
types, or focal wildlife species.
WMA management may include the implementation of area-specific
regulations to manage the harvest of wildife, land management
activities such as prescribed burning, timber harvesting,
moist-soil management, supplemental plantings, herbicide
applications, or native vegetation management, and infrastructure
maintenance such as the upkeep of roads, buildings, equipment,
check stations, and other structures.
Wildlife biologists within the Wildlife Bureau work with its
conservation partners to develop and implement national or
regional-level plans aimed at the conservation or restoration of
particular wildlife or habitats.
By providing science-based recommendations on hunting season
frameworks, bag limits, and other game regulations, the Wildlife
Bureau assists the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks in
ensuring the sustainable use of Mississippi's resident wildlife
The hunting of some wildlife species, such as migratory birds,
is regulated in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(USFWS). Wildlife biologists from the Wildlife Bureau represent the
MDWFP and the interests of Mississippi's sportsmen on oversight
committees that assist the USFWS in setting harvest regulations for
Monitoring and Research
The Wildlife Bureau collects data on the status of many wildlife
species and trends regarding their use by hunters.
Examples of wildlife and hunter surveys include:
Wildlife Bureau staff directly band, tag, or radio-collar
wildlife to discover more about their populations or abundance.
The Wildlife Bureau also collaborates with faculty from the College
of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University to develop
in-depth field studies that answer complex questions about the
management and conservation of Mississippi's wildlife.
II. PROVIDE QUALITY OUTDOOR RECREATION
The Wildlife Bureau supports the MDWFP in providing sustainable
The Wildlife Bureau regularly solicits feedback from hunters
regarding their attitudes and the effect of regulations on their
The Wildlife Bureau emphasizes opportunities that introduce
youth to hunting and the outdoors, and organizes events that allow
youth to experience the hunting traditions that have been the
foundation of wildlife conservation for generations.
The Wildlife Bureau provides hunting and other outdoor
recreational opportunities on 52 Wildlife Management Areas
throughout the state and proactively seeks to expand public land
hunting opportunities for all Mississippians.
III. ENGAGE THE PUBLIC IN NATURAL RESOURCE
Through field days, workshops, speaking engagements, reports,
popular articles, technical publications, radio and television,
websites, and other media, the MDWFP's Wildlife Bureau imparts a
deeper understanding and appreciation of Mississippi's wildlife,
their management, and the challenges they face, to all