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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.

VEC to Present Fossil Program

Friday, April 21, 2017 12:00 AM
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 Super Hunt Spring Fling

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

Fishing Rodeo Schedule for May

Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:00 AM
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.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced that four state fishing lake record fish were caught over the weekend.

Trace State Park Lake Closed for Dam Repairs

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:00 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.

Birdsong & Bluegrass Schedule Announced

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:00 AM
Good food, good music, and birdsong: a great way to enjoy spring! Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to enjoy the outdoor music.

BASS returning to Barnett for 12th time

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:00 AM
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.

2017 Youth Art Contest Announced

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 12:00 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.

2017 AIMS State Championship

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 8:00 AM
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.

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.

The Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program (MSSP) will hold its annual State Tournament at the Turcotte Education Center near Canton on April 22.

Outdoor Expo at The REZ Presented by MDWFP

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 9:00 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.

MDWFP Turkey Tracking Research Project

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:00 AM
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.

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.

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.

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.”

10 Boating Safety Tips

Monday, April 10, 2017 8:00 AM
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.

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.

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.

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.

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"

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.

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.

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.

Fishing Regulations for MDWFP Lakes Proposed

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:00 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.

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.

Alligator Hunting Seasons for 2017 Proposed

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 2:00 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.

MDWFP April Newsletter

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:00 AM
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

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.

Catfish Stocked into Coahoma County Lake

Monday, March 27, 2017 8:00 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau recently stocked 300 adult channel catfish into Coahoma County Lake in Clarksdale.

Join us for family fun this month with Easter Egg Hunt opportunities at several of our state parks. Participating parks include: Lake Lowndes, Tishomingo, Roosevelt, G.P. Cossar, J.P. Coleman, and Golden Memorial.

2017 Fishing Forecast for Northeast Mississippi

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 12:00 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.

New Record Catfish Caught at Lake Mary Crawford

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 12:00 AM
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.

Find a MDWFP Fishing Rodeo Near You This April

Monday, March 20, 2017 12:00 AM
Youth Fishing Rodeo Opportunities will be in almost every part of the state this April. 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.

Fishing Forecast for Northwest Reservoirs

Thursday, March 16, 2017 3:00 PM
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are expecting high fishing success in 2017 on Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, and Grenada Reservoirs. Anglers spend approximately 1.5 million hours fishing on these popular water bodies each year.

Unleash your wild side at MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science at "NatureFEST!" on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. "We are excited to welcome Wildlife Wonders' exotic animal stage show and the Magic Funtastic Comedy Show to this year's festival!"

For the 2017 Spring Gobbler season, turkey hunters are asked to voluntarily report their harvest on Mississippi's new Game Check system.

The MDWFP is particularly concerned about recent reports of use of illegally constructed wild hog cage-type traps. To protect non-target animals such as deer, turkeys, raccoons, and black bears,

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced that two State Fishing Lake largemouth bass records have been broken. Mr. Brandon Hughes of Prentiss caught an 11.6 pound bass on March 5, 2017 at Lake Jeff Davis, and Mr. Wesley Bass of Columbia caught a 7.2 pound bass on March 3, 2017 at Lake Mary Crawford.

In the aftermath of the extinction that ended the age of the dinosaurs, reptiles began to fill new and incredible ecological roles.

Excitement is High for Spring Turkey Season

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 12:00 PM
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.

In an effort to increase information on the wellbeing of Mississippi’s wild turkey flock, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is asking turkey hunters to voluntarily report their harvests this spring through a new online system produced by the agency.

MDWFP Announces New Black Bear Program Team

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 8:00 AM
JACKSON - The Black Bear Program at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is announcing new leadership with the appointments of program leader Richard Rummel and biologist Jamie Holt.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host Feathered Fish Predators programs March 14 - 17 at 2:00 p.m.

In the aftermath of the extinction that ended the age of the dinosaurs, reptiles began to fill new and incredible ecological roles.

JACKSON—Remember those magical childhood summer days spent exploring the outdoors? This June, your children can experience similar adventures! Register your children for summer camp at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host Feathered Fish Predators programs March 14 – 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists are expecting a great 2017 fishing season in the Mississippi Delta! Recent fish population sampling revealed improved populations of largemouth bass, crappie, and bream in most Delta oxbows.

Before Turkey Season Starts March 15, make sure you have your Hunter Education requirements completed! Five additional classes for online students will be offered on Saturday, March 11 throughout the state:

2016 Hunting Dog Photo Contest Winners

Monday, January 09, 2017 8:00 AM
These are the winners of the 2016 Hunting Dog Photo Contest that were featured in the November/December issue of Mississippi Outdoors Magazine.

December News & Happenings

Wednesday, December 07, 2016 9:00 AM
MDWFP will conclude its "Stuff the Tuck" toy drive benefiting Blair E. Batson's Children's Hospital on Saturday, December 10. Please join us in making this Christmas one to remember for these families.

November News & Happenings

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 3:00 PM
Fifteen newly sworn Conservation Officers will be patrolling areas of assignment across Mississippi this upcoming fall. On October 27, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks held a graduation ceremony honoring its 15 new Conservation Officers at Roosevelt State Park near Morton.

MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Wins Prestigious Award

Monday, October 24, 2016 3:00 PM
Dennis Riecke, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been named Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA).

This summer, I spent a delightful day paddling the Pascagoula River with Graham Wisner and his cousin, Lex Lindsey. You may not recognize their names, but Wisner, his family, and the Pascagoula Hardwood Company, are undoubtedly champions of the Pascagoula River, and their role in Mississippi deserves special mention.

Treestand Safety

Thursday, October 06, 2016 9:00 AM
Treestand accidents are the leading cause of injury to hunters. MDWFP urges everyone hunting from an elevated stand to consider these safety precautions.

Treestand accidents are the leading cause of injury to hunters. MDWFP urges everyone hunting from an elevated stand to consider these safety precautions.

October News & Happenings

Wednesday, October 05, 2016 8:00 AM
In mid to late October, maple, hickory, oak and other hardwood trees begin to change colors and visitors have the opportunity to view the brilliant fall foliage along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is one of only five tortoise species remaining in North America. It makes its home in the sandy soils of south Mississippi with other populations ranging from southern Florida to South Carolina.

MDWFP, Winchester Ammunition, and the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (Foundation) recently held a ground breaking ceremony for McIvor Creek Shooting Facility.

In order to protect Mississippi's deer population from Chronic Wasting Disease, the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has passed new rules affecting the transport of big game from other states into Mississippi.

September News & Happenings

Thursday, September 08, 2016 12:00 AM
MDWFP, Winchester Ammunition, and the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (Foundation) recently held a ground breaking ceremony for McIvor Creek Shooting Facility.

Participate in "Bike Your Park" Day

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 2:00 PM
Explore Mississippi State Parks by bicycle on Bike Your Park Day, September 24. Bring friends, family, or join the organized rides celebrating our parks in conjunction with National Public Lands Day.

New Record Length Alligator on Public Waterways

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 12:00 AM
On Sunday, August 28, 2016 a NEW record length male alligator for public waters was certified by the MDWFP Alligator Program Coordinator, Ricky Flynt, in Vicksburg, MS.

As part of its Private Lands Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has worked with private landowners to offer dove fields in Kemper County and Webster County. A limited number of hunting permits are still available for purchase for these fields.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) continues to battle cogongrass on wildlife management areas (WMAs). Cogongrass, an exotic plant species from Asia, has aggressively expanded its range across Mississippi. Unfortunately, it is present on most WMAs in South Mississippi.

August News & Happenings

Monday, August 15, 2016 12:00 AM
Keep up with the latest news and happenings at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks with our monthly newsletter.

We’re looking for great photos of Mississippi hunting dogs doing what they do best to be featured in the November/December issue of Mississippi Outdoors Magazine.

Why Feeding Alligators is Illegal

Friday, August 12, 2016 12:00 AM
Feeding alligators is illegal in Mississippi. Feeding alligators will condition wild alligators to associate humans and human activity with a source of food. The results can be very dangerous especially when unaware people are near a body of water where alligators have been fed.

Through its Private Land Dove Field Program, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has partnered with private landowners to provide dove fields in Kemper, Pearl River, and Webster counties, and is offering a limited number of hunting permits for purchase on each field.

Mitchell addresses being a conservationist in Mississippi, and how he believes one must comprehend the land-use history of a region to fully appreciate its role and to define the parameters of its biological integrity.

Due to recent developments at the Great River Road Area in Rosedale, MS, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has provided this video addressing efforts being made to improve safety and outdoor recreational opportunities in the area.

2016 Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza Preview

Friday, August 05, 2016 12:00 AM
This is your chance to gear up and have a great time at the 30th anniversary edition of the Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza this weekend at the Mississippi Trademart in Jackson.

Access Improvements Made to Northeast WMAs

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 12:00 AM
Projects to repair and upgrade portions of existing roads and trails at Charles Ray Nix and John Bell Williams Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) were completed this past July.

Dove hunting is an excellent opportunity to introduce youth to hunting and shooting sports. The social atmosphere of dove hunting also introduces youth to the experience of the hunting camp tradition and creates special memories with family and friends.

Mississippi State researchers recently recorded unexpectedly high numbers of paddlefish near the refuge’s spillway—a shocking discovery given the size of the waterway and what is currently known about paddlefish biology.

This summer, major infrastructure improvements have taken place on Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in George and Jackson counties.

MDWFP’s Chip Ward speaks with Alligator Programming Coordinator Ricky Flynt about this year’s Alligator Hunting Permit Purchases.

Children 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Roosevelt State Park beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 23. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).

CLEVELAND, MS - Youth 15 years and younger are invited to a youth fishing rodeo at Bear Pen Park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16. The free event is hosted by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Tallaha District Cub Scouts.

Play Golf at a Mississippi State Park

Monday, July 11, 2016 12:00 AM
there are four state parks that feature beautifully manicured, challenging, and accessible golf courses. These courses offer golfers a variety of scenery and different terrain as you travel through our state.

These birds are found along our major river systems in areas with patchworks of open fields and up¬land and lowland forests. Since they are a migratory bird, you will only find them in Mississippi during spring and summer.

Dipping a Paddle into Mississippi's Waters

Wednesday, July 06, 2016 12:00 AM
From the Delta’s flatlands to the rolling hills of Central Mississippi, the marsh-lined Gulf Coast and its name¬sake river, Mississippi abounds with a wide variety of public waters accessible for canoeing and kayaking.

Join us for our annual Fourth of July celebration at Roosevelt State Park on Saturday, July 2!


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