Wildlife & Hunting

Wildlife Research Program

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The mission of the MDWFP Wildlife Research Program is to develop meaningful research designed to guide wildlife management decisions. 

So much of what we know today - species' life histories, ecology, habitat management practices, etc. - was learned because biologists had questions, and we developed experimental and observational research studies to determine answers.  

Mississippi's sportsmen play a crucial role in wildlife conservation and management by purchasing hunting licenses, waterfowl stamps, and firearms and ammunition.  These monies, called Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration, are the primary source of wildlife conservation and management funding, and a portion of these dollars fund our Wildlife Research Program. 

Advances in wildlife science and management in Mississippi would not be possible without the valuable cooperative relationship the MDWFP has with the Mississippi State University (MSU) Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture along with the Forest and Wildlife Research Center (FWRC), and numerous partners who provide additional research dollars to help fund this important work.  Together, through Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration funding, we will tackle the questions of the 21st century, train a new crop of wildlife biologists and managers, and more wisely conserve Mississippi's natural resources.

For more information, please contact the MDWFP Wildlife Bureau at (601) 432-2199.

Wildlife Research Projects

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