|ATV Riding in Public Streams is Illegal|
Tuesday August 26, 2014
JACKSON - Fisheries Biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) want to remind All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) drivers that riding in streambeds can be harmful to fish habitat and fish, and may be unlawful. ATVs disturb gravel, sand, and vegetation in stream bottoms that serve as spawning areas for fish, cover for small fish, and attachment sites for insects, crawfish, and other aquatic fish food organisms.
|Mississippi's Hunter Education Classes Are in Full Swing|
Thursday August 14, 2014
Jackson – Hunting season is right around the corner, and hunter education classes are in full swing across the state. These classes, which teach firearm safety, wildlife conservation, and sportsman ethics, have been very successful in training the next generation of Mississippi's sportsmen and women and reducing the number of hunting accidents. Classes are taught by MDWFP staff and volunteer instructors and are also available online. The schedule for hunter education classes, which is updated regularly, is found at www.mdwfp.com.
|Vicksburg Men Plead Guilty to Wildlife Violations|
Thursday July 31, 2014
Jackson - Dusty Wayne Murphy and Michael Shane Uzzle Jr., both of Vicksburg, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Warren County Justice Court to separate wildlife violations. Murphy was fined $2500 plus court costs for the illegal harvest of an alligator. Uzzle was fined $2000 plus court costs for the illegal harvest of a paddlefish.
|MDWFP to Participate in Operation Dry Water 2014|
Friday June 27, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will participate in Operation Dry Water June 27-29 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI).
|New Public Shooting Range Set to Open on May 30|
Tuesday May 27, 2014
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is pleased to announce the opening of Mississippi’s newest public shooting range. McHenry Shooting Range, located in South Mississippi near Perkinston, will open on May 30, following an Open House on May 29 from 1 - 4 p.m.
|Conservation Officers Rescue Boy from Drowning, Administer CPR|
Tuesday May 27, 2014
JACKSON—On May 26, 2014 at approximately 2:20 p.m., MDWFP Conservation Officers Corp. Travis McDonald and Corp. Marc McCleskey were patrolling the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Lowndes County. As the wildlife officers passed under the Riverwalk in Columbus, McCleskey noticed three children franticly waving their hands at them. McDonald turned the boat around to evaluate the situation. One of the children informed the officers that his brother had gone under the water and had not resurfaced. While McDonald operated the boat, McCleskey removed his duty gear and entered the water in an attempt to locate the child. On the third dive, McCleskey located the child, who was unresponsive, on the bottom of the river channel. Once on the bank, McCleskey and McDonald alternated administering chest compressions; the victim began breathing. EMS arrived on the scene and assisted with transportation to Baptist Memorial Hospital.
|Media Advisory: Grand Opening for Public Shooting Range|
Tuesday May 27, 2014
Who: The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host an open house to celebrate the opening of Mississippi’s newest public shooting facility, McHenry Shooting Range.
|***Media Alert***Fallen Officers Memorial Changed to Wreath Laying|
Tuesday May 13, 2014
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host a wreath laying ceremony to honor and remember its fallen Conservation Officers Thursday, May 15, at 9 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public and will be held at MDWFP headquarters located at 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS. This will be an abbreviated version of the previously planned observance due to the sudden loss of MDWFP Master Sgt. John Collum, 56, of Fulton.
|Brandon Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Black Bear|
Friday August 30, 2013
JACKSON – On August 14, 2013, Ryan C. Murphy, 32, of Brandon pled guilty in U.S. District Court to killing a Louisiana Black Bear, a federally protected animal under the Endangered Species Act.
|MDWFP to Participate in Operation Dry Water|
Thursday June 27, 2013
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will participate in Operation Dry Water June 28-30 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI).
|Yalobusha County Wild Turkey Poachers Plead Guilty|
Monday June 17, 2013
A Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks investigation led to the apprehension and conviction of three Yalobusha County residents for poaching wild turkeys. The investigation was initiated as the result of a tip provided by a concerned citizen. One subject admitted to poaching wild turkeys for the last 18 years. The three men had been poaching wild turkeys together for about 8 years. The subjects killed the wild turkeys while trespassing on private lands; they pled guilty to all counts.
|MDWFP to Honor Fallen Conservation Officers|
Thursday May 09, 2013
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), on May 16, will honor and remember those conservation officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind. An Officer’s Memorial Service will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the MDWFP main office located at 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS.
|Shotgun Classes Available|
Thursday February 14, 2013
JACKSON – The MDWFP Education and Outreach Department will continue to offer Intermediate and Advanced Shotgunning classes to our Mississippi hunters through the winter months at the Turcotte Education Center as well as other selected venues. The classes feature insights into connecting with moving targets in the field. Be sure to take advantage of these free of charge instructional gatherings which address subject matter that is only taught by professionals for fees in other states. Classes are held on Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and run until approximately 12:30 p.m. Consult the MDWFP website for one that fits your schedule.
|John Collum Awarded 2012 SEAFWA Officer of the Year|
Monday November 19, 2012
JACKSON – Master Sergeant John Collum, of Fulton, MS, a thirteen-year veteran of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, was recently awarded the 2012 SEAFWA Officer of the Year by the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Seventeen other top officers from across the southeast region of the United States were nominated for the prestigious award, bestowed annually since 1986.
|MDWFP Kicks off Boater Education Campaign|
Monday June 04, 2012
JACKSON - During the 2012 Boating Season in Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Enforcement Officers will be out patrolling the waterways to ensure that boaters are in compliance with state and federal laws and are using good boating safety practices. The MDWFP is also promoting a safety project called “Lifejackets They Float You Don’t” in an effort to increase awareness and the importance of wearing lifejackets. While on patrol, MDWFPOfficers will reward any child 12 years of age or under who is wearing a properly fitted U. S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket. The child will receive a coupon for free admission to any MDWFP State Park and a free boat launch or guest pass to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
|Deer Processing and the Illegal Sale or Trade of Processed Venison|
Thursday May 24, 2012
JACKSON- The 2011-2012 deer hunting season is now complete. As usual, deer hunter success varies according to whom you ask, but every successful deer hunter this past season had a decision to make – how and/or where am I going to have my deer processed?
|Court Date Set for Alleged Illegal Alligator Hunting|
Monday April 09, 2012
JACKSON – Two alleged illegal alligator hunters are scheduled to appear in Rankin County Justice Court on May 1, after being arrested for attempting to take an alligator without a permit on March 23.
|Boater Education is Available Online|
Thursday February 02, 2012
JACKSON- With the upcoming 2012 Boating Season approaching, the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now offering the online Boater Education Course. Any person born after June 30, 1980 must have successfully completed a Boating Safety Course prior to operating any type of watercraft. The course will teach a variety of topics about safe operation while boating and the importance of wearing Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs).
|Suspect Confesses to Killing Black Bear in Amite County|
Thursday January 12, 2012
JACKSON – On December 19, 2011, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks received an anonymous phone call
|Cadets Graduate from MDWFP Law Enforcement Training Academy|
Thursday September 01, 2011
JACKSON – After completing 12 weeks of training with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officers, 11 cadets graduated from this year’s MDWFP Wildlife Law Enforcement Training Academy.