MDWFP News

2016 – 2017 Harvest Survey Begins in June

5/23/2017 4:02:52 PM
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is cooperating with Responsive Management to collect game harvest information from the 2016 – 2017 hunting seasons.

2017 Youth Art Winners Announced

5/23/2017 10:41:29 AM
YAZOO CITY - As of last night, the Mississippi River reached forty-eight (48.1) feet on the Vicksburg, MS gauge AND eighty-seven (86.7) feet on the Steel Bayou Landside gauge.

MDWFP Celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week

5/23/2017 7:57:33 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) wants you to mark your calendar for National Fishing and Boating Week June 3 -11, a national celebration of fishing and boating.

MDWFP Invites Youth to Fishing Rodeo Events in Rose Hill and Columbia

5/22/2017 9:06:37 AM
Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at two State Fishing Lakes on Saturday, May 27.

MDWFP Announces William McKinley as New Deer Program Coordinator

5/19/2017 3:02:39 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is pleased to announce William T. McKinley as the new Deer Program Coordinator.

MDWFP Invites Youth to Fishing Rodeo Events in Carthage, Enid, and Beaumont

5/15/2017 9:29:33 AM
Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at three locations across the state on Saturday, May 20.

Fishing Rule Changes for MDWFP Lakes Announced

5/12/2017 9:13:33 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced fishing regulation changes on several MDWFP managed lakes.

Bait Fish Regulation Approved for Dam Spillway Areas

5/12/2017 9:01:34 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a new rule regarding the handling and storage of bait fish captured in dam spillway areas.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshops in Forrest and Marion Counties

5/11/2017 10:53:43 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting pond management workshops in Forrest and Marion Counties.

Groundbreaking Dinosaur Exhibit Opens at MDWFP's Museum of Natural Science

5/8/2017 4:04:30 PM
The most complex and far-reaching exhibit of dinosaurs and their world ever created opens at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science on May 20, 2017 and runs through December 30, 2017.

Mississippi’s 2017-18 Early Migratory Bird Seasons Announced

5/8/2017 11:26:12 AM
The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2017-2018 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds during its April meeting in Jackson, Mississippi. These dates are listed in the table below; and include hunting seasons for doves, resident Canada geese, early teal, rails, snipe, and woodcock. Legal hunting hours for migratory game bird seasons are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

MDWFP Invites Youth to Fishing Rodeo Events in Columbus, Quitman, and Olive Branch

5/8/2017 9:01:09 AM
Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at three locations across the state on Saturday, May 13.

State Parks Water Features Open Memorial Day Weekend

5/5/2017 1:26:54 PM
Mississippi's State Parks conjure up thoughts of nature trails, campgrounds, and maybe even disc golf--but do not overlook the fun to be had on the water! From boating and water skiing to splash pads and slides, get ready to get wet at the parks' many attractions. Saturday, May 27 all water...

Mississippi Outdoors: Wild About Mushrooms

5/5/2017 10:06:30 AM
How can you tell which species are poisonous and which ones are edible? You need to be 100 percent sure which species you have found and have 100 percent reliable information on the edibility (or poisonous status) of that species from a reputable book.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Webster County

5/5/2017 8:28:15 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Webster County.

MDWFP Lake Monroe Re-Opens June 7

5/4/2017 3:51:06 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a youth fishing day at Lake Monroe on Saturday, June 3, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fishing will be open to youth 15 years and under. All youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years old and has a valid Mississippi fishing license. Lake Monroe will open to the general public on Wednesday, June 7, at 6 a.m.

English Lake at Holmes County State Park Lake Lowered For Repair

5/4/2017 8:09:51 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has lowered the water level in English Lake located at Holmes County State Park Lake near Durant.

MDWFP MAY 2017 Newsletter

5/3/2017 1:11:43 PM
Mississippi's State Parks conjure up thoughts of nature trails, campgrounds, and maybe even disc golf - but do not overlook the fun to be had on the water! From boating and water skiing to splash pads and slides, get ready to get wet at the parks' many attractions.

Fallen Conservation Officers Memorial Ceremony - May 17

5/3/2017 10:57:00 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host its annual Fallen Officers Memorial Ceremony on May 17 at 10 a.m. to honor and remember Conservation Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.


Spring Squirrel Season Opens May 15

5/3/2017 8:05:14 AM
Mississippi’s spring squirrel hunting season opens May 15 and closes June 1. The bag limit is four squirrels per day.

Alligator Hunting Season and Permit Process Approved for 2017

5/2/2017 3:39:35 PM
At a public meeting on April 19, 2017, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved rule changes for the 2017 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi. The statewide public waters season will include opportunities in specific public waterways.

Mississippi’s 2017-18 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Announced

5/1/2017 4:44:32 PM
The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks considered dates for the 2017-2018 waterfowl hunting seasons during their April meeting in Jackson, Mississippi. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases all migratory game bird frameworks in early spring each year, providing a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates.

MDWFP Invites Youth to Fishing Rodeo Events in Saltillo, Belden, and the Airey Lake Recreation Area

5/1/2017 1:18:54 PM
Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at three locations across the state on Saturday, May 6.

2016-2017 Deer Hunter Survey Results

4/27/2017 3:00:00 PM
Our deer hunter survey was sent to over 300,000 individuals via e-mail and social media. There were over 13,000 responses which included adequate representation from all regions of the state.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshop in Lauderdale County

4/26/2017 4:07:10 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting a pond management workshop in Lauderdale County.

2017 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi

4/21/2017 4:21:35 PM
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Biologists expect another great year for anglers during the upcoming fishing season in Northeast Mississippi. "Tippah County Lake and Tombigbee State Park Lake continue to get better," said Trevor Knight, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist.

VEC to Present Fossil Program

4/21/2017 1:26:31 PM
Jill Smith, Director of the Union County Heritage Museum in New Albany, will present a program about fossils at the Visitor Education Center (VEC) on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

2017 - 2018 Proposed White-tailed Deer Season and Bag Limits

4/21/2017 1:11:01 PM
JACKSON -At a public meeting on April 19, 2017, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved proposed rule changes for the 2017 - 2018 white-tailed deer hunting season.

2017 Super Hunt Spring Fling

4/20/2017 2:00:00 PM
Join us for this year’s Super Hunt Spring Fling featuring fishing, horseback riding, retriever demonstrations, and a .22 shooting range!

Four State Fishing Lake Record Fish Caught In One Weekend

4/20/2017 1:33:38 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced that four state fishing lake record fish were caught over the weekend.

Fishing Rodeo Schedule for May

4/20/2017 1:32:11 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will bring you another round of Youth Fishing Rodeo Opportunities across the state this May. These events are good opportunities for young anglers to fish lakes well-stocked with catfish, which are typically easy to catch. Families are encouraged to come out and enjoy quality time together in a safe environment.

BASS returning to Barnett for 12th time

4/19/2017 2:35:54 PM
The best 110 bass fishermen in the world will hit Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland April 27-30 casting for the $100,000 top prize in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.

Birdsong & Bluegrass Schedule Announced

4/19/2017 1:35:58 PM
Good food, good music, and birdsong: a great way to enjoy spring! Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to enjoy the outdoor music.

Trace State Park Lake Closed for Dam Repairs

4/19/2017 1:34:44 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is in the process of draining Old Natchez Trace Lake at Trace State Park to complete dam repairs.

2017 AIMS State Championship

4/18/2017 2:41:16 PM
Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) is designed to introduce 4th-12th grade students to the sport of International-Style Target Archery during their Physical Education Class and as an extracurricular team sport.

2017 Youth Art Contest Announced

4/18/2017 2:40:16 PM
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2017 North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest. Each student must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork to the Visitor Education Center (VEC) by May 10, 2017.

MDWFP Invites Youth to Fishing Rodeo Events in Natchez, Meadville, Walnut Grove, Louisville, and Cypress Point Recreation Area

4/17/2017 2:43:46 PM
Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at five locations across the state on Saturday, April 29. All events are free, and they provide a good opportunity for young anglers to fish a lake that is well stocked with catfish which are typically easy to catch.

Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program State Tournament - April 22

4/12/2017 2:44:58 PM
The Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program (MSSP) will hold its annual State Tournament at the Turcotte Education Center near Canton on April 22.

MDWFP Turkey Tracking Research Project

4/11/2017 2:45:50 PM
Over the past year the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has been conducting a research project with Mississippi State University to study turkey habitat use.

Outdoor Expo at The REZ

4/11/2017 9:00:00 AM
The eyes of the competitive fishing world will be on Barnett Reservoir April 27-30 when the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament is staged at Madison Landing and Old Trace Park.

10 Boating Safety Tips

4/10/2017 2:52:19 PM
Boater education prevents accidents and saves lives. All boaters have a responsibility to learn about boat operation, communications, navigation, and life-saving techniques before taking to water. Those without boater education put themselves and others at risk.

Conservation Officers Uncover Illegal Hog Selling Operation

4/10/2017 2:51:45 PM
WALTHALL COUNTY - Mississippi Conservation Officers in South Mississippi recently dismantled a group responsible for the illegal selling and transporting of wild hogs. The illegal trafficking operation was discovered when a concerned citizen tipped off local officers of what they believed was a “possible illegal situation that concerned them greatly.”

“Birdsong & Bluegrass” Evening Event at the Museum on April 29, 2017

4/10/2017 2:51:10 PM
Enjoy a beautiful evening at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science during “Birdsong and Bluegrass” on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 4 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Youth Fish Camp to be Held at Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo

4/10/2017 2:47:57 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), Mississippi Wildlife Federation (MWF), and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service will host a Youth Fish Camp at the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo June 20 and 21.

MDWFP to Co-sponsor Youth Fishing Rodeo Events in Diamondhead, Meridian, Brooksville, and Ackerman

4/10/2017 2:47:15 PM
Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at four locations across the state on Saturday, April 22. All events are free, and they provide a good opportunity for young anglers to fish a lake that is well stocked with catfish which are typically easy to catch.

MDWFP to Co-sponsor Youth Fishing Rodeo Events in Tupelo, Amory, Pearl and Brookhaven

4/7/2017 3:26:35 PM
Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at four locations across the state on Saturday, April 8. All events are free, and provide a good opportunity for young anglers to fish a lake that is well stocked with catfish which are typically easy to catch.

Fourth of July Celebration at Roosevelt State Park

4/7/2017 3:23:55 PM
Join us for our annual Fourth of July celebration at Roosevelt State Park on Saturday, July 2!

MDWFP Announces New Director of Wildlife Resources

4/5/2017 2:57:31 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has chosen its first female Director of Wildlife Resources with the hiring of Amy Blaylock, the agency announced Wednesday. The announcement comes after the hiring of Russ Walsh as the Wildlife Executive Staff Officer.

MDWFP to Co-sponsor Youth Fishing Rodeo Events in Tupelo, Amory, Pearl and Brookhaven

4/4/2017 2:59:30 PM
Youth 15 years and younger are invited to fishing rodeos being held at four locations across the state on Saturday, April 8. All events are free, and provide a good opportunity for young anglers to fish a lake that is well stocked with catfish which are typically easy to catch.

MDWFP Welcomes New Wildlife Executive Staff Officer

3/31/2017 3:01:20 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has named Russ Walsh as the next Wildlife Executive Staff Officer, the agency announced Friday. Walsh previously was a biologist for Partners for Fish and Wildlife with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Before that, he was a biologist with the MDWFP for almost six years.

First Tuesday Lecture - "Diamonds in the Rough: Natural History of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake"

3/31/2017 3:00:28 PM
Join us for our First Tuesday Lecture at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science! Our speaker this month will be Dr. Bruce Means, President and Executive director of the Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy in Tallahassee, FL. He will be discussing "Diamonds in the Rough: Natural History of the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake"

Bait Fish Regulation Change Proposed for Dam Spillway Areas

3/30/2017 4:10:48 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced a proposed rule regarding the handling and storage of bait fish captured in dam spillway areas.

State Lake Record Fish Caught at Lake Jeff Davis and Lake Mary Crawford

3/30/2017 4:09:32 PM
JACKSON - Two state lake record fish have been caught! On March 21, 2017, a new Lake Jeff Davis record largemouth bass was caught by Randy Rushing of Osyka, MS. The bass weighed 12.6 pounds and topped the previous record of 11.6 pounds caught earlier this month.

MDWFP and MSU to Host Pond Management Workshops in Yazoo and Tunica Counties

3/28/2017 4:15:30 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau and the Mississippi State University Extension Service are hosting pond management workshops in Yazoo and Tunica Counties.

MDWFP April Newsletter

3/28/2017 4:14:10 PM
While more than a hundred of the world's best bass fishermen are battling it out at the Ross Barnett Reservoir for the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, spectators will be able to enjoy the Outdoor Expo at The Rez, presented by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

Alligator Hunting Seasons for 2017 Proposed

3/28/2017 4:12:53 PM
The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks approved the proposed rule changes for the 2017 alligator hunting season on public waters and private lands in Mississippi on March 22. The statewide public waters season will include opportunities in specific public waterways.

Fishing Regulations for MDWFP Lakes Proposed

3/28/2017 4:12:05 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced proposed fishing regulations and the proposed opening date for Lake Monroe, which is located near Aberdeen.

Catfish Stocked into Coahoma County Lake

3/27/2017 4:17:53 PM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau recently stocked 300 adult channel catfish into Coahoma County Lake in Clarksdale.

2017-18 Youth Participation Initiative Applications Announced

3/27/2017 4:16:23 PM
Jackson - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is pleased to announce the 2017/2018 Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) will begin accepting applications on April 1, 2017. The YPI was established to provide funding for the purpose of educating youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation, and natural resource conservation.

New Record Catfish Caught at Lake Mary Crawford

3/21/2017 4:20:35 PM
A new record catfish has been caught at Lake Mary Crawford! Mr. Richard Albritton of Bogue Chitto, MS caught the 14.4 pound channel catfish on March 19, 2017. Lake Mary Crawford is a 128-acre state fishing lake located near Monticello.

Excitement is High for Spring Turkey Season

3/8/2017 8:47:06 AM
For Mississippi’s nearly 50,000 turkey hunters, the day they have been anticipating is almost at hand. The spring turkey season opens on March 15th and ends May 1st. Hunters aged 15 and under get an earlier opportunity with the Youth season beginning on March 8th.