MDWFP and NWTF Discuss Wild Turkey Population Declines 

JACKSON – The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the Mississippi Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) staff discussed the continual statewide decline in wild turkey harvests during its open educational session on December 14.    “Mississippi offers great turkey hunting, but if these […] Read more

Fish Tagged in Moon Lake Recaptured in the Ohio River

JACKSON – A paddlefish tagged and released by Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) fisheries biologists on February 24, 2014 at Moon Lake in Coahoma County was recaptured on November 14, 2016 in the Ohio River below Smithland Dam near Paducah, Kentucky. “This fish made a remarkable journey through many miles of streams […] Read more

Celebrate the Season at the Science Museum

JACKSON- Make merry memories this holiday season at the award-winning MDWFP Mississippi Museum of Natural Science! “Connect with your friends and family at the museum and experience unique, hands-on events,” invites Charles Knight, Museum Director. Experiment with instant snow. Interact with swamp animals. Meet the Christmas Gator. See Santa dive to feed the fish in […] Read more

Cases of Illegal Carcass Importation Increase

JACKSON – Over the last week, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Conservation Officers have made nine different cases on illegal importation of cervid carcasses. Some of these cases originated from concerned citizens and through cooperation with other state and federal agencies.  In May 2016, the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks passed […] Read more

WMA Waterfowl Draw Hunt Applications Now Open

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is now accepting online applications for Wildlife Management Area (WMA) waterfowl draw hunts.  Applications can be submitted at www.mdwfp.com/draws.  All applicants must have a valid WMA user permit to apply.  WMA user permits are available for purchase online at www.mdwfp.com or may be purchased […] Read more

Youth Gun Deer Season Opens November 5

JACKSON – The gun deer season for youth hunters 15 years of age and younger begins November 5 across Mississippi.  This season provides youth hunters with the first firearms opportunity at Mississippi’s abundant deer herd this hunting season.  Youth may use any firearm.  The bag limit on Delta and Hill Zone antlerless deer is five […] Read more

MDWFP Graduates New Conservation Officers   

JACKSON – Fifteen newly sworn Conservation Officers will be patrolling areas of assignment across Mississippi this upcoming fall.  On October 27, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks held a graduation ceremony at Roosevelt State Park near Morton, honoring its 15 new Conservation Officers.  These officers will be assigned to counties stretching from the […] Read more

MDWFP Studies Largemouth Bass Movement on Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON – Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Biologists have received recapture locations of 47 bass initially tagged and released at the Goshen Springs Landing during the first two weeks of March 2016.  Biologists tagged 525 tournament-caught bass to learn about the dispersal behavior of released fish.   Most of the fish were […] Read more

MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Wins Prestigious Award

JACKSON – Dennis Riecke, a fisheries biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has been named Fisheries Biologist of the Year by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA).  Riecke was presented the award at the Association’s 69th annual meeting in Baton Rouge.  Riecke currently serves as the Fisheries […] Read more