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Welcome to the Mississippi Outdoor Digest

The 2015-2016 Outdoor Digest is a publication of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks which includes information and regulations on hunting and recreational freshwater fishing which were current at the time of printing. For commercial fishing regulations see the “Mississippi Digest of Commercial Fishing Laws and Regulations.” Regulations are subject to change due to legislative or commission actions, and it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable of the laws and regulations in effect. Laws and regulations include those contained within the Mississippi Code Annotated Section 49-1-1 et seq., the official regulations of the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and applicable federal laws. Contact your local conservation officer for specific information or call MDWFP at (601) 432-2400.

Private advertisements contained in this publication do not in any manner constitute an endorsement or approval by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks nor the products suitability for use.

Welcome to the Mississippi Outdoor Digest

Mississippi’s bountiful woods and waters are teaming with fish and game and provide a quality outdoors experience second to none. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is committed to protecting and maximizing our prolific natural resources for outdoor lovers. Whether you are looking for white-tailed deer or just want to spend a relaxing time bird watching or taking pictures, the Magnolia State is the place to be. In addition to the fantastic public hunting and fishing opportunities, more than 25 state parks are operated by the MDWFP, and they are designed to be family oriented and offer a wide variety of exciting outdoors adventures.

Our conservation efforts have been an overwhelming success and are a result of the commitment of the men and women who have supported our Agency over the years and worked alongside our dedicated people to bring about a better world. The continued support of individuals who thrive in the outdoors and enjoy the many benefits of our lifestyle are necessary for the continued success and sustainability of Mississippi’s natural resources for future generations.

Many cherished memories are created during times spent in the Magnolia State with family and friends in our great outdoors while enjoying the fruits of our labor. Each outdoors experience brings with it a renewed hope and anticipation of experiencing new and exciting adventures. I hope each of you have a successful and safe hunting season while enjoying Mississippi’s great outdoors.

Good luck this season.

Sam Polles, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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