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General WMA Information

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The Mississippi Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system is expansive and diverse. It includes 52 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 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 October 15; and Turkey – February 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

457 CR 36

Mailing Address:
Box 100
Enid, MS 38927

(662) 563-6222

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. Bienville 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. Indianola WMA
  19. John Bell Williams WMA
  20. John W. Starr Memorial Forest WMA
  21. Lake George WMA
  22. Leaf River WMA*
  23. Leroy Percy WMA
  24. Little Biloxi WMA*
  25. Mahannah WMA
  26. Malmaison WMA
  27. Marion County WMA
  28. Mason Creek WMA*
  29. Muscadine Farms WMA
  30. Nanih Waiya WMA
  31. Natchez State Park WMA
  32. Okatibbee WMA
  33. O’Keefe WMA
  34. Old River WMA
  35. Pascagoula River WMA
  36. Pearl River WMA
  37. Red Creek WMA*
  38. Sandy Creek WMA*
  39. Sardis Waterfowl WMA
  40. Shipland WMA
  41. Sky Lake WMA
  42. Stoneville WMA
  43. Sunflower WMA*
  44. Tallahala WMA*
  45. Theodore A. Mars, Jr. Memorial Wildlife Refuge
  46. Trim Cane WMA
  47. Tuscumbia WMA
  48. Twin Oaks WMA
  49. Upper Sardis WMA*
  50. Ward Bayou WMA
  51. Wolf River WMA
  52. Yockanookany WMA

* Properties owned by the U.S. Forest Service

Wildlife Management Areas

2014-2015 Wildlife Management Area Youth and Handicapped Hunts

Wildlife Management Area

Youth Deer

Youth Squirrel

Youth Turkey

Youth Dove

Handicapped Deer

Bienville

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Black Prairie

9/27-28***, 12/24-31

1/7-10, 1/12-16

9/1***

Calhoun County

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Canal Section

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

10/1-1/31*

Canemount

1/17-18***

3/7-8***

Caney Creek

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Caston Creek

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Charles Ray Nix

11/8-21

9/24-30

11/22-26 and 12/5 – 1/31

Chickasaw

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Chickasawhay

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Choctaw

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Copiah County

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Divide Section

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

10/1-1/31*

Graham Lake

11/1-1/31

Hell Creek

11/13-18, 1/18-30

9/1

John Bell Williams

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

John W. Starr

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Lake George

11/8-21

9/24-30

Leaf River

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Leroy Percy

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

9/16

Little Biloxi

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Mahannah

11/8-9

9/27

9/13***

Malmaison

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Marion County

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Mason Creek

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Nanih Waiya

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Natchez State Park

10/25-12/30***

2/7-28***

3/7-4/26***

10/16-19***

O’Keefe

11/8-21

9/24-30

Okatibbee

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

1/29-31***

Old River

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Pascagoula River

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Pearl River

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

10/1-1/31***

Red Creek

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Sandy Creek

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Sardis Waterfowl

11/8-9, 11/15-16

11/22-23, 12/13-14***

4/4-5, 4/11-12

4/18-19***

Shipland

11/8-21

9/24-30

Sky Lake

11/6-8

10/5-8

Stoneville

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Sunflower

11/8-21

9/24-30

4/2-8***

Tallahala

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Theodore Mars

11/8-2/15

9/24-30

Trim Cane

12/1-1/31***

12/1-1/30***

Tuscumbia

Unit 1 – 11/8-21, Unit 2 – 11/8-1/31

9/24-30**

3/8-14

Twin Oaks

11/8-9

9/27

4/4-5

Upper Sardis

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Ward Bayou

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-5/1***

Wolf River

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

Yockanookany

11/8-21

9/24-30

3/8-14

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

** Unit 1 only.

*** By Permit Only

North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Through an innovative agreement between the MDWFP and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MDWFP is offering the annual user permit for the North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges. This agreement is the result of an effort by both Agencies to make it more convenient for hunters and other users to get all permits and licenses in one place. The privilege, an annual user permit for the North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges (privilege code 606), costs $15 and is available online and wherever licenses are sold.

North Mississippi Refuges Complex (Coldwater, Dahomey and Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuges) is open from sunrise to sunset. During hunting season, hunters may enter the refuge two hours before sunrise and must exit the refuge no later than two hours after sunset.

Hunting and Fishing on the North Mississippi Refuges Complex requires a $15 Refuge permit.

All hunters and anglers should read and follow the current Hunting and Fishing Regulations. Hunters are required to fill out/display on dash of vehicle a Harvest Data Card. Harvest Data Cards are available at all refuge kiosks.

All visitors must wear at least 500 square inches of visible fluorescent orange above the waistline during all hunting seasons. See the Hunting and Fishing Regulations for exceptions.

The following activities are prohibited. Please check the Hunting and Fishing brochure for a complete list:

  • Use or possession of alcoholic beverages
  • Use or possession of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) or Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs)
  • Fires, camping, littering
  • Collecting, removing, or damaging any animal or plant, except for those authorized in the Hunting and Fishing Regulations
  • All commercial activities including guiding hunts or participating in guided hunts on the Refuge.

The current NMRC 2014-2015 hunt brochure can be found online at:
www.fws.gov/southeast/pubs/NMissHunt.pdf or www.mdwfp.com

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
  • Indianola 1,203 Indianola
  • 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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