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Welcome to the Mississippi Outdoor Digest

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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) is founded on the principles to conserve and enhance the natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities in our state. Through continued support of the citizens and communities in the Magnolia State, we are able to provide some of the most enjoyable outdoor attractions in the nation.

No matter if you are seeking a trophy white-tailed buck, calling an ever-elusive wild turkey, or rock climbing at the foot of the Appalachians, Mississippi is the right place for outdoor adventure. Our state is home to some of the South’s most stunning landscapes, readily available for hiking, bird watching, exploring nature, or merely shooting photographs. In addition to our fantastic public hunting and fishing opportunities, there are 25 state parks operated by MDWFP, which are affordable, accessible destinations designed to be family-oriented getaways or sole adventures.

An essential goal for MDWFP is fostering our young sportsmen and women. Principles of conservation must be handed down through each generation, and we are challenged to ensure that it continues. Seasonal hunts and fishing rodeos as well as other events geared toward Mississippi’s youth are a significant part of our agency. We even offer special youth hunting opportunities at selected Wildlife Management Areas. While these are designed for the enjoyment of the youth, the parents, volunteers, and staff seem to have a good time as well.

We create precious memories 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 with hunters, anglers, or outdoor enthusiasts to ensure our outdoor heritage continues for the next generations. Each outdoor experience is unique as it brings with it a renewed sense of hope and anticipation of experiencing something new and exciting.

Sam Polles, Ph.D.

Executive Director