Many of Wildlife Mississippi’s habitat conservation projects help provide quality hunting experiences on public and private lands throughout the state. Hunting is deeply ingrained in Mississippi’s culture, and it is big business. Mississippi residents and visitors spend $915 million annually on hunting trips and equipment, according to the most recent survey of wildlife-associated activities.

Through its Wildlife Habitat Seed Program, Wildlife Mississippi sells low-cost seed for establishing food plots on private and public lands. To date, seed purchased through the twice-annual sales has been used to plant approximately 150,000 acres, mostly on private land. Wildlife Mississippi has also donated decoy deer to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to help curtail poaching.

Through its efforts to promote sound conservation policies, Wildlife Mississippi has helped provide additional hunting opportunities by securing adequate funding for acquisition and management of public lands used for hunting such as national wildlife refuges and state wildlife management areas, promoted management of moist-soil areas to provide more wintering habitat for waterfowl and helped create the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.