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:
- Wildlife Bureau
- Fisheries Bureau
- Museum of Natural Science
- Conservation Programs
- Law Enforcement
- State Parks
- Support Services
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:
- 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 streams statewide.
- Constructed boat ramps to access lakes, rivers, and streams statewide.
- 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.