MDWFP News



Mississippi Outdoors: Fishing in the Dark

7/12/2017 12:54:06 PM
The cool of the evening can be a hot time for bass fishing

2017 Youth Dove Hunts

7/11/2017 10:41:38 AM
This September there will be two special youth dove hunts held on Black Prairie and Mahannah WMAs. Applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis beginning August 1. The Black Prairie hunt will be limited to 50 youth, and the Mahannah hunt will be limited to 100 youth.



Leave Young Wildlife Alone

7/10/2017 8:13:23 AM
Many Mississippians will come across some type of newborn wildlife this summer that appears to be abandoned. Well-meaning people often pick these animals up in an attempt to care for them, but often do more harm than good.


MDWFP July 2017 Newsletter

6/30/2017 2:35:17 PM


MDWFP to Increase Boating Enforcement Over the 4th of July Holiday Weekend

6/29/2017 8:07:01 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will be participating in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to increase knowledge about the dangers of boating under the influence (BUI). The goal is to reduce the number of accidents and deaths associated with alcohol and drug use on our waterways.

Boating Safety Tips for Fourth of July High-Boating Traffic Weekend

6/27/2017 1:19:51 PM
The Fourth of July holiday is the highest-boating traffic weekend of the summer. The National Safe Boating Council, a lead organization of the North American Safe Boating Campaign, encourages boaters to be responsible at all times while on the water.

Make a Splash at a State Park this Summer

6/21/2017 4:03:38 PM
Mississippi’s State Parks conjure up thoughts of nature trails, campgrounds, and maybe even disc golf — but do not overlook the fun to be had on the water. From boating and water skiing to splash pads and slides, get ready to get wet at the parks’ many attractions.

11 Frequently Asked Questions about Northern Snakeheads

6/21/2017 2:18:10 PM
Northern Snakeheads were first reported in Arkansas in 2008 where they have expanded their range in the last several years. The snakehead captured in Mississippi at Lake Whittington is believed to have come from Arkansas using high water levels in the Mississippi River to enter into Lake Whittington.

Online Turkey Hunter Opinion Survey: 2017 Results

6/21/2017 11:11:43 AM
Summary Statistics Online survey sent to MDWFP hunting license contact list, June eNews letter, and social media.




Living with Black Bears in Mississippi

6/16/2017 11:28:50 AM
Black bears will soon be in one of their most active times of the year. Generally, while black bears remain very secluded and non-confrontational, some precautions/considerations should be taken to avoid encounters.

MDWFP Conservation Officers Place No. 1 at National LawFit Challenge

6/16/2017 9:05:02 AM
Conservation Officers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) claimed the title of “Fittest in the Nation” as they took the top spot at the 16th annual National LawFit

4th of July Celebrations at Roosevelt and Paul B. Jonson State Parks

6/15/2017 11:03:44 AM
Join us at Roosevelt state park for our annual boat parade and firework display on Saturday July 1 and at Paul B Johnson State Park for our annual fireworks display on Tuesday, July 4.



Bear Creek Canoe Float Trip at Tishomingo State Park

6/9/2017 9:25:08 AM
At Tishomingo State Park you’ll find Bear Creek, a scenic stream meandering its way through the bluffs of park. The park offers a 6.25-mile canoe float trip down the rocky-bottomed stream with the take out being in the park.






Celebrate Great Outdoors Month at a Mississippi State Park

6/2/2017 11:11:10 AM
This month, celebrate Great Outdoors Month by camping, hiking, fishing, paddling, boating, or just enjoying nature by being outdoors! Mississippi state parks, lakes, and wildlife management areas provide fun, affordable opportunities for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

MDWFP June 2017 Newsletter

6/2/2017 8:10:20 AM

Cool off this summer at a state park!

5/30/2017 3:24:22 PM
Mississippi's State Parks conjure up thoughts of nature trails, campgrounds, and maybe even disc golf--but do not overlook the fun to be had on the water! From boating and water skiing to splash pads and slides, get ready to get wet at the parks' many attractions.



2017 Youth Art Winners Announced

5/23/2017 10:41:29 AM











State Parks Water Features Open Memorial Day Weekend

5/5/2017 1:26:54 PM
Mississippi's State Parks conjure up thoughts of nature trails, campgrounds, and maybe even disc golf--but do not overlook the fun to be had on the water! From boating and water skiing to splash pads and slides, get ready to get wet at the parks' many attractions. Saturday, May 27 all water...

Mississippi Outdoors: Wild About Mushrooms

5/5/2017 10:06:30 AM
How can you tell which species are poisonous and which ones are edible? You need to be 100 percent sure which species you have found and have 100 percent reliable information on the edibility (or poisonous status) of that species from a reputable book.




MDWFP MAY 2017 Newsletter

5/3/2017 1:11:43 PM

Fallen Conservation Officers Memorial Ceremony - May 17

5/3/2017 10:57:00 AM
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) will host its annual Fallen Officers Memorial Ceremony on May 17 at 10 a.m. to honor and remember Conservation Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.






2016-2017 Deer Hunter Survey Results

4/27/2017 3:00:00 PM
Our deer hunter survey was sent to over 300,000 individuals via e-mail and social media. There were over 13,000 responses which included adequate representation from all regions of the state.



VEC to Present Fossil Program

4/21/2017 1:26:31 PM


2017 Super Hunt Spring Fling

4/20/2017 2:00:00 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

4/20/2017 1:32:11 PM
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.

BASS returning to Barnett for 12th time

4/19/2017 2:35:54 PM
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.

Birdsong & Bluegrass Schedule Announced

4/19/2017 1:35:58 PM
Good food, good music, and birdsong: a great way to enjoy spring! Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to enjoy the outdoor music.

Trace State Park Lake Closed for Dam Repairs

4/19/2017 1:34:44 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.

2017 AIMS State Championship

4/18/2017 2:41:16 PM
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.

2017 Youth Art Contest Announced

4/18/2017 2:40:16 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.


Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program State Tournament - April 22

4/12/2017 2:44:58 PM
The Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program (MSSP) will hold its annual State Tournament at the Turcotte Education Center near Canton on April 22.

MDWFP Turkey Tracking Research Project

4/11/2017 2:45:50 PM
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.

Outdoor Expo at The REZ

4/11/2017 9:00:00 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.

10 Boating Safety Tips

4/10/2017 2:52:19 PM
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.






Fourth of July Celebration at Roosevelt State Park

4/7/2017 3:23:55 PM
Join us for our annual Fourth of July celebration at Roosevelt State Park on Saturday, July 2!

MDWFP Announces New Director of Wildlife Resources

4/5/2017 2:57:31 PM
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.


MDWFP Welcomes New Wildlife Executive Staff Officer

3/31/2017 3:01:20 PM
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.





MDWFP April Newsletter

3/28/2017 4:14:10 PM





Easter Egg Hunt Opportunities at Mississippi State Parks

3/22/2017 4:18:47 PM
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.