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Wildlife Management Areas

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The Mississippi Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system is expansive and diverse. It includes 51 areas encompassing over a thousand square miles. WMAs are located from the upper edge of the coastal marshes in Jackson County to the lower reaches of the Appalachians in Tishomingo County. They range from the rolling hardwood hills of southwestern Mississippi to the deep, rich soils of the Delta. Some WMAs are owned by the MDWFP. Many are managed under memoranda of understanding with the U.S. Forest Service or private corporations. Others are operated through long-term license agreements with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

When most Mississippians think of our WMAs, they think of them primarily as public hunting areas. Public hunting does, indeed, constitute the largest single use of WMAs. While deer hunting is the leading use, at over half of the annual total, there are many other resident and migratory game species available to pursue. Wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, quail, raccoon, opossum, fox, and bobcat are among the resident species traditionally hunted on our WMAs. Ducks, geese, and doves are the most commonly hunted migratory species, but several other migratory game birds may be taken, too. Wild hogs are classified as nuisance animals and hunters are encouraged to kill them at any lawful opportunity. Wild hogs may be killed during any open WMA hunting season with weapons and ammunition legal for that season.

Today’s WMAs serve many other roles in addition to public hunting – fishing, primitive camping, wildlife viewing, photography, wildlife research, and nature study, to name a few. The common link among all WMAs is that they provide habitat for wildlife, game and nongame species alike. In certain locations they even lend themselves to management for threatened and endangered species such as the gopher tortoise, yellow-blotched sawback turtle, and red-cockaded woodpecker. The ability to enhance habitats and regulate public use makes WMAs vitally important for maintaining species of special concern.

While our WMAs do, indeed, have something for almost everyone, they cannot be all things to all people. We are ultimately responsible for protecting the public’s wildlife resources, so there must be limits on recreational opportunities we can offer. The ability to formulate regulations for specific areas allows us to offer controlled public use within the limits of these resources. Individual WMA brochures are available from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks at 1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS 39211-6374, or online at www.mdwfp.com/wma, or the WMA.

Wildlife Management Area Permitted Draw Hunts

Permitted draw hunts are used for a variety of species on WMAs to distribute hunting opportunity and pressure while providing higher quality, safer hunting experiences for the public.

To see a list of hunts that are currently open and to submit applications, please visit the WMA permitted draw hunt page at www.mdwfp.com/draws.

Annual application deadline targets are: Early Teal – August 15; Deer – September 1; Waterfowl applications for opening weekend hunt period will be available on Oct. 15; and Turkey – Feb. 15. Typically, applications will be opened online approximately one month prior to the application deadlines. In the case of Early Teal, this period may be shorter because the season dates are usually not confirmed until the July commission meeting, which may occur late in the month. Rabbit and quail permitted draw hunt procedures vary with individual WMAs.

Permitted hunt drawings are conducted within one week of the close of the application period. Selected hunters are notified by email or may check their status online at the WMA permitted draw hunt page link listed above.

 

MDWFP Regional Offices

North Region

272 CR 995

Tupelo, MS 38804

(662) 840-5172

Central Region

506 Highway 43 South

Canton, MS 39046

(601) 859-3421

South Region

1201 N Clark Avenue

Magnolia, MS 39652

(601) 783-2911

 

State Wildlife Management Areas

  1. 12MSAB-WMA-Map.jpgBienville WMA*
  2. Black Prairie WMA
  3. Calhoun County WMA
  4. Canal Section WMA
  5. Canemount WMA
  6. Caney Creek WMA*
  7. Caston Creek WMA*
  8. Charles Ray Nix WMA
  9. Charlie Capps WMA
  10. Chickasaw WMA*
  11. Chickasawhay WMA*
  12. Choctaw WMA*
  13. Copiah County WMA
  14. Divide Section WMA
  15. Graham Lake WMA
  16. Hell Creek WMA
  17. Howard Miller WMA
  18. John Bell Williams WMA
  19. John W. Starr Memorial Forest WMA
  20. Lake George WMA
  21. Leaf River WMA*
  22. Leroy Percy WMA
  23. Little Biloxi WMA*
  24. Mahannah WMA
  25. Malmaison WMA
  26. Marion County WMA
  27. Mason Creek WMA*
  28. Muscadine Farms WMA
  29. Nanih Waiya WMA
  30. Natchez State Park WMA
  31. Okatibbee WMA
  32. O’Keefe WMA
  33. Old River WMA
  34. Pascagoula River WMA
  35. Pearl River WMA
  36. Red Creek WMA*
  37. Sandy Creek WMA*
  38. Sardis Waterfowl WMA
  39. Shipland WMA
  40. Sky Lake WMA
  41. Stoneville WMA
  42. Sunflower WMA*
  43. Tallahala WMA*
  44. Theodore A. Mars, Jr. Memorial Wildlife Refuge
  45. Trim Cane WMA
  46. Tuscumbia WMA
  47. Twin Oaks WMA
  48. Upper Sardis WMA*
  49. Ward Bayou WMA
  50. Wolf River WMA
  51. Yockanookany WMA

* Properties owned by the U.S. Forest Service

2012-2013 Wildlife Management Area Youth and Handicapped Hunts

Wildlife Management Area

Youth Deer

Youth Squirrel

Youth Turkey

Youth Dove

Handicapped Deer

Bienville

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Black Prairie

9/29-30, 12/24-31

9/1

Calhoun County

11/3-16

9/22-28

3/8-14

Canal Section

11/3-16

9/22-28

3/8-14

10/1-1/31

Canemount

3/9-10

Caney Creek

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Caston Creek

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Charles Ray Nix

11/3-16

9/22-28

11/17-1/31

Chickasaw

11/3-16

9/22-28

3/8-14

Chickasawhay

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Choctaw

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Copiah County

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Divide Section

11/3-16*

9/22-28

3/8-14

10/1-1/31*

Graham Lake

11/3-1/31

Hell Creek

11/13-19

9/1

John Bell Williams

11/3-16

9/22-28

3/8-14

John W. Starr

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Lake George

11/3-16

10/6-12

Leaf River

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Leroy Percy

11/3-16

9/22-28

3/8-14

9/1

Little Biloxi

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Mahannah

11/10-11

10/6

9/8

Malmaison

11/3-16

9/22-28

3/8-14

Marion County

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Mason Creek

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Nanih Waiya

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Natchez State Park

10/13-12/9

2/2-24

3/9-4/27

12/11-13

O’Keefe

11/3-16

9/22-28

Okatibbee

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

1/29-31

Old River

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Pascagoula River

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Pearl River

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

10/1-1/31*

Red Creek

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Sandy Creek

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Sardis Waterfowl

11/3-4, 11/10-11, 11/17-18 & 12/8-9*

4/6-7, 4/13-14
& 4/20-21*

Weekend days during first season

Shipland

11/3-16

10/6-12

Sky Lake

11/8-10

10/7-10

Stoneville

11/3-16

9/22-28

3/8-14

Sunflower

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Tallahala

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Theodore A. Mars, Jr.

11/3-2/15

10/6-12

Trim Cane

12/1-1/31

12/1-1/31

Tuscumbia

11/3-16

9/22-28**

3/8-14

Twin Oaks

11/10-11

10/6

4/2-8

Upper Sardis

11/3-16

9/22-28

3/8-14

Ward Bayou

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-5/1*

Wolf River

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

Yockanookany

11/3-16

10/6-12

3/8-14

* By permit only in areas designated as handicap and/or youth only.

** Unit 1 only.

Wildlife Management Area Information

Wildlife Management Area

Acres

Nearest Town

Bienville

26,136

Morton

Black Prairie

5,673

Brooksville

Calhoun County

10,900

Calhoun City

Canal Section

26,000

Fulton

Canemount

3,587

Port Gibson

Caney Creek

28,000

Forest

Caston Creek

29,875

Meadville

Charles Ray Nix

4,000

Sardis

Charlie Capps

600

Cleveland

Chickasaw

27,259

Houston

Chickasawhay

30,000

Laurel

Choctaw

24,314

Ackerman

Copiah County

6,583

Hazlehurst

Divide Section

15,337

Iuka

Graham Lake Waterfowl

1,400

Oxford

Hell Creek

2,284

New Albany

Howard Miller

2,420

Rolling Fork

John Bell Williams

3,135

Fulton

John W Starr

8,244

Starkville

Lake George

8,383

Holly Bluff

Leaf River

42,000

Wiggins

Leroy Percy

1,642

Hollandale

Little Biloxi

14,540

McHenry

Mahannah

12,675

Redwood

Malmaison

9,696

Greenwood

Marion County

7,200

Columbia

Mason Creek

28,000

Richton

Muscadine Farms

3,046

Avon

Nanih Waiya

7,655

Philadelphia

Natchez State Park

2,261

Natchez

Okatibbee

6,883

Collinsville

O’Keefe

6,239

Lambert

Old River

14,764

Poplarville

Pascagoula River

36,549

Vancleave

Pearl River

6,925

Canton

Red Creek

22,789

Wiggins

Sandy Creek

16,407

Natchez

Sardis Waterfowl

3,700

Oxford

Shipland

3,642

Mayersville

Sky Lake

4,306

Belzoni

Stoneville

2,500

Leland

Sunflower

58,480

Rolling Fork

Tallahala

28,120

Montrose

Theodore A. Mars, Jr.

896

Poplarville

Trim Cane

891

Starkville

Tuscumbia

2,436

Corinth

Twin Oaks

5,675

Rolling Fork

Upper Sardis

42,274

Oxford

Ward Bayou

13,234

Moss Point

Wolf River

10,881

Poplarville

Yockanookany

2,379

McCool

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