Anglers are Conservationists
The license fee system is the primary method of funding wildlife conservation efforts in Mississippi. In addition, federal excise taxes are collected from the sale of fishing equipment and boat and motor fuel and then divided among the 50 state wildlife agencies. Each state's share is based on the number of licenses sold, the size of the state and the amount of public water. The license fees and excise taxes pay for activities such as:
- Management and conservation of wildlife
- Habitat restoration
- Land acquisition for public hunting access
- Construction and development of boat ramps and piers
- Aquatic education
- Wildlife management area operations and maintenance
- Research and monitoring of wildlife populations
Fishing is a necessary tool to maintain healthy and diverse fisheries populations.
Hunters improve wildlife habitat on private lands with proper forest management, prescribed burning, disking, supplemental food and cover plantings, etc. In addition, hunters pay for habitat management efforts performed by the MDWFP through their purchase of hunting licenses and equipment.
Passing it On
By introducing new people to the tradition of fishing, today's anglers keep alive a passion for fishing, introduce people to the skills needed for fishing, and, in the process, pass on the values of an ethical sportsman.
Passing on the tradition of hunting keeps value placed on wildlife conservation.