Wildlife & Hunting

Landowner Assistance

Technical Guidance and Planning

The MDWFP provides wildlife management advice to landowners in Mississippi. The Private Lands Program and the Small Game Program provide technical guidance to private landowners interested in small game and other wildlife management.

Small Game Program:

Rick Hamrick
(662) 617-1445

Private Lands Program:

Visit the Private Lands Program webpage for more information about the PLP and to find a biologist for your region.

Technical guidance contacts may also be obtained by calling the MDWFP Jackson Office at (601) 432-2199, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.

Other Assistance

Some of the primary programs available to assist private landowners with the costs of habitat management are listed below. Contact a wildlife biologist to assist you in selecting programs and practices that accomplish your wildlife management objectives. In many cases, with proper planning, multiple wildlife objectives and benefits can be achieved with multiple programs or practices.

Conservation Reserve Program - Administered by the USDA - Farm Service Agency. Row-crop (and in some cases pasture) agricultural land may be eligible for enrollment in CRP. CRP provides soil rental, cost-share, and incentive payments.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (and other programs) - Administered by the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service. Agricultural producers and owners of industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands. EQIP may provide cost-share payments for certain wildlife management practices.

Mississippi Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program - Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A partnership of many agencies, organizations, and companies working together to conserve fish and wildlife habitat on private lands in Mississippi. Funding is available to assist private landowners with some of the costs of upland, prairie, wetland and bottomland hardwood, and longleaf pine habitat enhancement or restoration. Contact an MDWFP wildlife biologist about project opportunities.

Longleaf Pine Initiative - Administered through a partnership of multiple agencies and organizations to support the restoration and management of longleaf pine forests by providing technical guidance to private landowners in South Mississippi.

Fire on the Forty Initiative - Administered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.  Made possible through funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Landowners may be reimbursed on funded projects in selected focal counties for 50% of costs for implementing and conducting prescribed fire up to a maximum of $12.50 per acre. Visit the webpage for focal counties.