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Mississippi

Population: 2,844,658 (2000)

State Background
Species
Clubs & Organizations
Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211

601-432-2400
www.mdwfp.com

State Background

Mississippi is a southern state of the United States. The state takes its name from the Mississippi River, which flows along the western boundary. Mississippi is bordered on the north by the state of Tennessee; on the east by Alabama, on the south by Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico; and on the west by Louisiana and Arkansas (across the Mississippi River).

The highest point in Mississippi, part of the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains is Woodall Mountain. Hardly a mountain, Woodall Mountain is only 806 feet above sea level. The lowest point is along the shore at the Gulf of Mexico; sea level. Mississippi has a warm humid subtropical climate with long summers and short, mild winters. Temperatures average about 82F in July and about 48 F in January. The temperature varies little across the state in summer, but in winter the region near Mississippi Sound is significantly warmer than most of the rest of the state. In the late summer and the fall, the state (especially the southern part) is often affected by hurricanes moving north from the Gulf of Mexico, and occasionally impacted by major hurricanes.

Mississippi is heavily forested, with over half of the state's acreage covered by wild trees. Major rivers in the state include the Mississippi River, Big Black River, Pearl River, Yazoo River, Pascagoula River, and Tombigbee River. Major lakes include Ross Barnett Reservoir, Arkabutla Lake, Sardis Lake, and Grenada Lake.

State Species

Big Game White-tailed Deer    
Waterfowl Blue Geese
Brant
Coots
Ducks
Mergansers
Ross Geese
Sept Canada Geese
Snow Geese
Woodcock
Furbearer Beaver
Bobcat
Gray Fox
Mink
Muskrat
Opossum
Raccoon
Red Fox
River Otter
Skunk
Weasel
Small Game Bobwhite Quail
Clapper Rail
Crow
Frogs
Gallunules
King Rail
Moorhens
Mourning Dove
Rabbit
Sept Teal
Snipe
Sora Rail
Squirrel
Turkey
Virginia Rail
Sport Fish American Eel
Asian Carp
Bighead Carp
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Bluegill
Bowfin
Bream
Brown Bullhead
Catfish
Chain Pickerel
Crappie
Drum
Flathead Catfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Longear Sunfish
Longnose Gar
Paddlefish
Rainbow Trout
Sauger
Saugeye
Shadow Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Gar
Striped Bass
Tilapia
Walleye
Warmouth
White Bass
Yellow Perch

Clubs & Organizations

Mississippi Ducks

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