Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Foundation is proud to facilitate and support programs around our great state. Interested in what we are involved in? Have a look at the programs below. We are often growing the list of programs we support, and proud to be a resource for so many important programs and events.
The Foundation is helping the young people of Mississippi make their first step in becoming a lifelong hunting & fishing license purchaser. Every young person who has completed the Hunter Education course and is age-eligible for the voluntary youth hunting/fishing license, the Foundation will purchase their $5.00 license. For every license, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks sells, they receive over $62.00 per license in federal funds from the Pittman Robertson Act. This is a 12 to 1 return on investment. By purchasing the youth licenses, the Foundation is helping these young people start the habit of buying a hunting & fishing license as well as providing funds to MDWFP through the Pittman Robertson Act. Year to date the Foundation has purchased over 6,400 licenses.
The Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will award up to four (4) scholarships annually in the amount of $3,000.00 each. These scholarships will be awarded to four students enrolled in institutions of higher learning as described in these qualifications and procedures.
Additional programs we are proud to support
Archery in Mississippi Schools
In 2005 the National Archery in Schools Program sent part of their staff to Jackson MS and trained 25 individuals as Basic Archery Instructors. Ten pilot schools received equipment in May of 2006 and Archery in Mississippi Schools (AIMS) was born. AIMS has grown into one of the largest youth programs in our great state with upwards of 400 schools either active, waiting on approval or waiting on funding. Every student in our school system may not be able to kick a field goal, hit a home run, or make a free throw, but archery is a sport that virtually all of our students can be successful at. Many students that have never been a part of extracurricular activities now have a new connection to their school. This has a positive effect on grades, behavior, and dropout rates.
Black Bear Research
The MDWFP is cooperatively conducting research on back bears with Dr. Jerry Belant of the Mississippi State University (MSU) Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Research projects have been conducted most recently since 2009 with current project funding committed through 2018.
Fire on the Forty
Prescribed burning is one of the most valuable practices available to manage native plant communities and thus the wildlife populations that inhabit fields and upland forests throughout much of the South. Through prescribed burning, fires are applied to the land in a deliberate and controlled manner to promote germination of beneficial forbs and grasses, reduce coverage of less desirable trees and shrubs, and decrease the potential for destructive wildfires by reducing fuel loads. Although prescribed fire is a very important tool for forest and wildlife management, many private landowners are reluctant to use fire due to cost and liability concerns associated with burning.
Fishing has long been a popular outdoor activity but many people, especially children, have limited fishing opportunities. It is the goal of our program to introduce rodeo participants to fishing and recruit them to be responsible, licensed anglers and good stewards of our aquatic environment. Events will feature educational activities focusing on fish, fishing, and environmental concerns. These quality fishing experiences will be provided in a controlled and safe environment. Our rodeo ponds are well stocked with channel catfish to meet our participants’ expectations of catching fish. Fishing educational and technical information is provided by our Fisheries Technical staff, biologists from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and volunteer anglers. Boating safety information is provided by our Law Enforcement Bureau.
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 Challenge held this past weekend in Pearl, MS. Over 135 law enforcement officers from around the country competed in this year’s event which tests officers in 6 different events: bench press, a 1.5-mile run, sit-ups, flexibility, pull-ups, and a suspect pursuit course.
MDWFP Employee Emergency Fund
This fund is maintained to provide emergency assistance to MDWFP staff due to a physical, medical, etc., emergency.
MS Outdoors Radio
The Mississippi Outdoors Radio show features news and updates relating to all bureaus of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. You can listen to Mississippi Outdoors Radio every Monday starting at 12 p.m. on SuperTalk (www.supertalk.fm/listen) stations throughout the state or you can watch live on Facebook LIVE at www.facebook.com/mdwfp.
Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program
The Mississippi Scholastic Shooting Program (MSSP) is a team-based, youth development program that uses the shotgun sports of 5-Stand, Skeet, and Sporting Clays to instill life skills such as discipline, safety, teamwork, ethics, self-confidence, and other life values. The program utilizes these disciplines to teach hunting skills through the safe use of hunting equipment, including firearms, and their relationship to hunting situations. Team members can participate in any or all three of the clay target disciplines: 5-Stand, Skeet, and Sporting Clays.
Specific fund categories
Requests from MDWFP are being presented to the Foundation every month. To maintain the flexibility to fund these requests, we maintain funds specifically related to the following categories. You can direct your donation to any of these categories that is an interest to you.
- Wildlife – Waterfowl, Deer, Alligator, Turkey, Black bear
- Law Enforcement
- Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Spring Gobbler Hunting Survey
The Spring Gobbler Hunter Survey (SGHS) was initiated in 1995 as a means of collecting long-term data on turkey activity and population numbers. The success of the survey is largely due to voluntary participation by hunters who are interested in assisting with turkey conservation within the state.
Super Hunt is a deer hunt for youth with disabilities. The hunt is for anyone ages 6 to 17 years of age with a disability. This is a 3-day event full of fun activities and hunting. Participants arrive at MDWFP Turcotte Education Center and enjoy a half day of fun outdoor activities before adjourning and heading to camps for an evening hunt. They will have the opportunity to hunt Friday evening, and Saturday morning and evening. Sunday we will all meet together for a closing ceremony and time of sharing. This weekend is a fun activity-filled weekend where kids just get to be kids.