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Message from the Executive Director

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Welcome to the Mississippi Outdoor Digest

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks continues to focus on conserving our abundant natural resources for future generations and providing recreational opportunities for all. The Magnolia State provides premiere outdoor recreation for all to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a trophy white-tailed deer or the ever-elusive wild turkey you have come to the right place. Exploring nature, hiking, bird watching, and shooting photographs in one of the south’s most beautiful landscapes continues to bring visitors from all over. In addition to our fantastic public hunting and fishing opportunities, more than 25 state parks are operated by the MDWFP. These affordable and accessible destinations are designed to be family-oriented and offer a wide variety of exciting outdoor adventures.

Our natural resources continue to be enhanced by the work of the MDWFP and support from great people and communities throughout our state. Mississippi’s private landowners, business people, and decision makers have worked alongside our dedicated staff to sustain our outdoor heritage. Now, more than ever, the continued support of individuals who love the outdoors and enjoy the benefits of our lifestyle is necessary to conserve the Great State of Mississippi’s land, water, and wildlife.

Cherished memories are always created whenever we enjoy the fruits of our labor with family and friends in Mississippi’s great outdoors. This year I challenge you to make new memories, new hunters, and new anglers to ensure our outdoor heritage continues for new generations. Each outdoor experience is unique as it brings with it a renewed sense of hope and anticipation of experiencing something new and exciting. I wish each of you a successful and safe season enjoying everything our natural resources have to offer.

See you outdoors.

Sam Polles, Ph.D.

Executive Director