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Current Hunting Season Information on MDWFP App
Wednesday August 27, 2014
JACKSON—We have learned over the past week that some iPhone iOS7 users are not receiving current information from our Pocket Ranger app. All other smartphone operating systems appear to be receiving current information. This has been particularly confusing concerning the opening time for the upcoming dove hunting season, which will be one half hour before sunrise on private lands. Hunters need to check specific opening times/dates for WMA dove hunts on Wildlife Management Areas and the Private Lands Dove Field Program.

VEC to Host Autumn Tree Program
Monday August 18, 2014
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a Tree Identification program on Saturday, September 9 at 2 p.m.

Prescribed Burning Program Accepting Applications
Wednesday August 13, 2014
Jackson – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is continuing its partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Wildlife Mississippi, and others to provide cost-share for prescribed burning on private lands. Since its inception in 2011, the “Fire on the Forty” program has provided cost-share funding for prescribed burning on more than 23,000 acres in north and south Mississippi.

MDWFP to Honor Fallen Conservation Officers
Tuesday April 22, 2014
JACKSON—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will honor and remember its conservation officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on May 15. The annual Memorial Service will be held at 9 a.m. at MDWFP headquarters located at 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS.

MDWFP Partners to Manage Wetland Habitat on Private Lands
Tuesday March 18, 2014
JACKSON – Mississippi Partners for Fish and Wildlife (MPFW), a partnership of state and federal agencies, conservation organizations and private companies, is working to improve wetland habitat on privately-owned land for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife. MPFW is seeking to enroll new private land wetland projects, and the application period will end May 1, 2014.

2014 Youth Art Contest
Wednesday February 05, 2014
Students across Mississippi are invited to get outdoors and participate in the 2014 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 15, 2014.

Better Gourds and Gardens
Friday September 06, 2013
JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Visitor Education Center (VEC) adjacent to Enid Lake will host a gourd program September 14 at 2 p.m. Participants young and young at heart will have the opportunity to create birdhouses from different types of gourds. Staff and volunteers will also share some creative, crafting ideas for inside and outside of the home using old flower pots. See examples, share tips, and try your artistic abilities! Supplies are provided but space is limited.

Permits for North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges Now Available through MDWFP
Thursday August 29, 2013
JACKSON – A new license privilege is now available for purchase wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. This privilege, an annual user permit for the North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges (privilege code 606), is available through an innovative agreement between the MDWFP and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). The North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Complex, based in Grenada, includes Tallahatchie, Coldwater River, and Dahomey NWRs. The cost of the permit is $15 and allows users to hunt and fish on these three refuges for a year.

Governor Bryant Proclaims June “Great Outdoors Month”
Friday June 07, 2013
JACKSON— Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed June 2013 as "Great Outdoors Month," encouraging Mississippians to enjoy our state's natural beauty, and celebrate our commitment to conserve and enhance our wildlife, fisheries, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Reducing Snake Problems Around the Home
Friday June 07, 2013
JACKSON—Snakes are as much a part of Mississippi life as mosquitoes, and, in most cases, are harmless, beneficial creatures that eat rodent and insects in residential yards. Of the 42 species of snakes native to Mississippi, only six are dangerous to humans: cottonmouth, copperhead, pygmy rattlesnake, coral snake, timber rattlesnake, and eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

Avoid Disturbing Ground Nesting Birds
Tuesday June 04, 2013
JACKSON – The months of May and June are the peak nesting season for many birds. Some species, including wild turkeys and bobwhite quail, nest directly on the ground, often nesting adjacent to roadways, along field margins, or near forest edges, and proximity to these areas can lead to their disturbance by human activities. In the event that nest sites are discovered, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) urges citizens leave the area immediately and avoid unnecessary disturbance around the nest area in order to lessen the threat of undue detrimental impact. When feasible, the MDWFP recommends delaying pasture maintenance activities such as mowing or haying until July 1 to ensure the safety of nesting wild turkeys in these areas.

Jackson Optimist Club Donates $1,000 to Fishing Rodeo Program
Thursday April 18, 2013
The Jackson Optimist Club held true to its motto “Friend of Youth” by donating $1,000 to the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. The donation will be used by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fishing Rodeo Program which introduces approximately 7,000 youth to fishing each year.

MDWFP Android App
Thursday February 21, 2013
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks (MDWFP) is pleased to announce the release of their Hunting and Fishing Android Application. The Android version of the wildly popular MDWFP iPhone application contains a variety of useful tools and information for Mississippi hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts

Dr. Vilella to Present Results of Waterbirds Study on March 5, 2013
Friday February 15, 2013
Jackson– The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science continues the “First Tuesday Lecture Series” on March 5, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Rotwein Theater. Dr. Francisco Vilella will present a lecture entitled "Resident and Neotropical Migrant Bird Communities of the Savanna Wetlands of the Orinoco River Basin, South America: Ecology and Conservation".

Mississippi Marksmanship Program Goes Mobile
Thursday February 14, 2013
Jackson - The Mississippi Marksmanship Program is continuing its efforts to bring top notch shotgun and rifle shooting education to our state’s resident hunters. Many of our citizens did not have an opportunity to hunt when growing up due to their home in a city or because their parents worked long hours and did not have the opportunity to go hunting with them. The very same shooting lessons that were taught to youth years ago are now being offered to those who did not have the opportunity to experience Mississippi’s outdoors when young.

2012 MWFP Foundation Scholarship Awards
Thursday November 29, 2012
JACKSON - On Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Foundation announced the winners of the 2012 MWFP Foundation Scholarship Awards. Each year the Foundation grants scholarships through an open competitive system to worthy college students majoring in fields related to Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Details for the program can be found on the Foundation website: www.foundationmwfp.com.

MDWFP Announces Winner of Lifetime Sportsman License
Wednesday November 28, 2012
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) today announced the winner of its Lifetime License drawing. Bobby L. Sherman of Louin, MS, is the recipient of a Resident Lifetime Sportsman License.

MDWFP Offers Chance to Win Lifetime Sportsman License
Tuesday October 30, 2012
JACKSON –The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is offering Mississippi hunters and anglers the chance to win a Lifetime Sportsman License.

MDWFP to hold Conservation Celebration November 3-4
Tuesday October 02, 2012
Jackson, MS—The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will hold “Conservation Celebration” November 3-4, 2012, in honor of its 80th Anniversary. The weekend-long celebration will include a festival at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) on Saturday, November 3, and free admission to MDWFP State Lakes, State Parks, and Wildlife Management Areas November 3-4.

The MDWFP Celebrates 80 Years of Conservation: 1932-2012
Monday July 23, 2012
JACKSON - This year the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is celebrating 80 years of conserving natural resources across the state. The MDWFP is about hunting, fishing, conservation, and education. We are also about protecting the traditions, rites of passage, weekend getaways, and campfire moments that make living in and visiting Mississippi such a rich experience.

MDWFP Marksmanship Program offers Shotgun-Shooting Classes
Monday March 26, 2012
Jackson – Shooting is a skill we all want to improve and shotgun-shooting legend John Satterwhite wants to show you how.

Mississippi Outdoors “A True South Experience” Set to Air Nationwide
Tuesday December 20, 2011
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the Mississippi Department of Tourism have partnered with the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Foundation to produce Mississippi Outdoors TV

MDWFP Offers New Apprentice License
Tuesday December 13, 2011
JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is now offering an Apprentice 3-Day Sportsman License for Mississippi residents. The license fee is $7.00 and includes All Game Hunting and Fishing, Fall and Spring Turkey Hunting, and Archery/Primitive Weapon privileges.