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Wildlife Management Area Information

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Wildlife Management Area

Acres

Nearest Town

Region

Bienville

26,136

Morton

1

Black Prairie

5,673

Brooksville

1

Calhoun County

10,900

Calhoun City

1

Canal Section

26,000

Fulton

1

Caney Creek

28,000

Forest

2

Caston Creek

29,875

Meadville

3

Charles Ray Nix

4,000

Sardis

1

Charlie Capps

600

Cleveland

1

Chickasaw

27,259

Houston

1

Chickasawhay

30,000

Laurel

2

Choctaw

24,314

Ackerman

1

Copiah County

6,583

Hazlehurst

1

Divide Section

15,337

Iuka

1

Graham Lake Waterfowl

1,400

Oxford

1

Hell Creek

2,284

New Albany

1

Howard Miller

2,420

Rolling Fork

2

John Bell Williams

3,135

Fulton

1

John W Starr

8,244

Starkville

1

Lake George

8,383

Holly Bluff

2

Leaf River

42,000

Wiggins

3

Leroy Percy

1,642

Hollandale

2

Little Biloxi

14,540

McHenry

3

Mahannah

12,675

Redwood

2

Malmaison

9,696

Greenwood

1

Marion County

7,200

Columbia

1

Mason Creek

28,000

Richton

3

Muscadine Farms

3,046

Avon

2

Nanih Waiya

7,655

Philadelphia

2

Natchez State Park

2,261

Natchez

3

Okatibbee

6,883

Collinsville

2

O’Keefe

6,239

Lambert

1

Old River

14,764

Poplarville

3

Pascagoula River

36,549

Vancleave

3

Pearl River

6,925

Canton

2

Red Creek

22,789

Wiggins

3

Sandy Creek

16,407

Natchez

3

Sardis Waterfowl

3,700

Oxford

1

Shipland

3,642

Mayersville

2

Sky Lake

4,306

Belzoni

2

Stoneville

2,500

Leland

2

Sunflower

58,480

Rolling Fork

2

Tallahala

28,120

Montrose

2

Theodore A. Mars, Jr.

896

Poplarville

3

Trim Cane

891

Starkville

1

Tuscumbia

2,436

Corinth

1

Twin Oaks

5,675

Rolling Fork

2

Upper Sardis

42,274

Oxford

1

Ward Bayou

13,234

Moss Point

3

Wolf River

10,881

Poplarville

3

Yockanookany

2,379

McCool

2

Region Contact Numbers:

1 – North Region (662-840-5172)

2 – Central Region (601-859-3421)

3 – South Region (601-783-2911)

 

Sharing Your Wildlife Management Areas and National Forests

 

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks (MDWFP) and the National Forests in Mississippi are committed to providing safe recreational experiences for all users. Growing demands for recreational trails, places to hunt, and other outdoor activities have resulted in increased use of wildlife management areas and National Forests. Interactions between recreational visitors are occurring more frequently. In response, the MDWFP and National Forests in Mississippi are increasing efforts to raise individual awareness by providing tips to our visitors. Please follow these tips to ensure a safe visit for yourself and others and “Live to Play Another Day”.

Tips for Trail Users

Trail Users: Know local hunting seasons—Specific dates for hunting seasons vary year-to-year and also by type of game hunted and weapon used. Small-game seasons (dove, squirrel, rabbit, etc.) stretch from September through February. Deer seasons generally occur from October through January or mid-February. Turkey seasons usually run from mid-March through the beginning of May. Learn the regulations and hunting seasons for the areas where you will be recreating before you go. See http://home.mdwfp.com for specific information.

Trail Users: Wear hunter orange—Wear a hunter orange hat and vest (and pack cover if backpacking), or hooded outerwear when out in fall, winter, and spring. Horse riders should make or buy brightly colored rump sheets for their horses.

Trail Users: Other clothing tips—Avoid wearing colors that could be mistaken for game animals—white or brown during deer seasons; red or blue during turkey seasons.

Trail Users: Be heard—Make sure you are heard before you are seen by whistling, singing, talking, etc., while on a trail. Tie small bells to your stirrups.

Trail Users: Communicate—Conflicts between hunters and trail riders seem to be relatively rare. If you meet hunters tell them your planned route. Try to keep the communication open.

Trail Users: Avoid peak hunting times—Avoid riding at peak times such as the opening day of a particular hunting season or early mornings/late afternoons.

Trail Users: Try to avoid known hunting areas—If possible use trails located outside of state WMAs during peak hunting periods.

Tips for Hunters

Hunters: ID your Target––Be sure of your target and what is in front of and beyond it. Before you pull the trigger you must properly identify game animals. Until your target is fully visible and in good light, do not even raise your scope to see it. Use binoculars!

Hunters: Don’t Shoot––Across roads, trails or waterways. These areas may be occupied by people.

Hunters: Avoid––Avoid alcohol and medications that may impair judgment before or while handling firearms.

Hunters: Educate yourself––Obey all the rules of firearm safety and insist that those around you do the same.

Hunters: Know where trails are—National Forest trail maps can be obtained at U.S. Forest Service ranger district offices. WMA maps located at WMA visitor permit stations include maps showing trails on the areas.

Hunters: Be alert for trail users and make your presence known to them—Trail users may be unfamiliar with hunting. Trail users may not be aware of hunting seasons or that they are in or near areas open to hunting. Trail users may not be wearing hunter orange. Please use appropriate caution and communicate openly.

The websites below contain additional related information that visitors might find useful.

Leave No Trace:
http://www.lnt.org/

Respected Access:
http://www.respectedaccess.org/
open-access/

Tread Lightly:
http://www.treadlightly.org/

International Hunter Education Association:

http://www.ihea.com/

 

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Trail Users:

• Know when hunting seasons are open

• Wear hunter orange during open seasons

• Make your presence known

 

 

National Forests in Mississippi

100 West Capitol Street, Suite 1141

Jackson, MS 39269

(601) 965-1600

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/mississippi

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks

1505 Eastover Drive

Jackson, MS 39211

(601) 432-2400

http://home.mdwfp.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:

USDA

Director, Office of Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.

Washington, DC 20250-9410

800-795-3272 (voice) or

202-720-6382(TDD)

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

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Hunters:

• Always positively identify your target

• Be aware that trail users may be present

• Make your presence known

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Feeding of Wild Animals Outside of Wildlife Enclosures

 

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To properly manage wildlife in Mississippi, MDWFP Biologists recommend a complete wildlife management program which includes:

• Habitat management practices to improve overall habitat conditions;

• Supplemental plantings that provide year-round forage;

• Education of hunters and land managers;

• Deer herd management to balance sex ratio, age structure, and population numbers within available habitat; and

• Not allowing feeding to replace a complete wildlife management program.

I. It shall be unlawful to feed any wild animals except as provided in this public notice.

II. Supplemental Feeding of Wild Animals:

• It shall be lawful to feed wild animals, year round, on private lands subject to the following restrictions:

1. Feed may only be provided from above ground covered feeders or stationary spin cast feeders.

2. Feed allowed in feeders:

• Complete Pelletized Ration:

– October 1 – November 30

– March 1 – June 30

• Corn may be used and/or added to the Complete Pelletized Ration:

– July 1 – September 30

– December 1 – the last day in February

• For the purpose of this regulation, Complete Pelletized Ration is defined as a feed mixture in the form of a pellet that is nutritionally adequate for deer and contains crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, vitamins, minerals, and does not contain any animal byproducts.

3. Feeders may be placed no closer than 100 yards from the outermost boundary of an area of sole ownership or exclusive hunting rights.

4. Feed may not be poured, piled, or placed directly on the ground.

5. Salt/mineral stations, blocks, and/or licks may be established. These stations, blocks, and/or licks may not contain any corn or grain products.

6. From February 15 – September 30, milo, grain sorghum, and/or wheat may be evenly broadcast at a rate not to exceed 50 pounds per acre.

• Feeding of migratory birds is regulated pursuant to Federal regulations set forth at 50 CFR 20.11 and 20.21(i).

III. Supplemental Feeding During Any Hunting Season:

• To hunt within the vicinity of feed or a feeder: hunters must be both 100 yards away from, and not within the line of sight of feed or a feeder which contains feed.

• For the purpose of this regulation, “not within the line of sight” means being hidden from view by natural vegetation or naturally occurring terrain features.

• Feeding sites may not be hunted for 10 days following complete removal of all feed.

• It is illegal to hunt any wild animal with the aid of feed.

IV. This Regulation Does Not Apply To:

• Food plots, standing crops, grain crops properly shucked on the field where grown, or grains found scattered solely as the result of normal agricultural planting or harvesting.

• Lands where shelled, shucked, or unshucked corn, wheat or other grain, salt, or other feed has been distributed or scattered as the result of bona fide agricultural operations or procedures, or as a result of manipulation of a crop or other feed on the land where grown for wildlife management purposes. Manipulation of crops or other feed for wildlife management purposes does not include the adding, distributing, or scattering of grain or other feed (i.e., sweet potatoes, turnips, etc.) once it has been removed from or stored on the field where grown.

• Feeders within the curtilage of the home or business. “Curtilage of the home or business” means the area encompassing the grounds immediately surrounding any business, home, or group of homes used in the activities of domestic life, and may or may not be enclosed by a fence or other barrier. However, wild animals may not be hunted or taken over any feeder within the curtilage of a home or business.

• Licensed trappers trapping furbearers or nuisance animals with the aid of lure as provided by Miss. Code Ann. §49-7-33 and Public Notice LE2-3779 (Nuisance Animal Regulations).

• Persons lawfully permitted to hunt or trap game animals, furbearers, nuisance animals, or game birds by a “Animal Control Permit” set forth in Miss. Code Ann. §49-1- .39 as issued by the MDWFP.

• Feeders within wildlife enclosures.

V. Special Use Permit: 21-day Wildlife Survey Permit.

• A permit is available to photographers and for camera surveys at no cost. The permit shall be for a specific property for a period of not more than 21 consecutive days. To obtain a permit contact the regional office where the property is located and provide the person’s name, property location, number of camera stations, start and end date, or visit www.mdwfp.com/deer to apply online.

• Any feed or any feeding method may be used during the permitted period.

• This permit is only valid outside the deer and turkey hunting seasons.

• All feed must be completely removed 10 days prior to hunting.

• Feeding of migratory birds is regulated pursuant to Federal regulations set forth at 50 CFR 20.11 and 20.21(i).

A violation of this public notice shall be a violation of Miss. Code Ann. §49-4-41, which is a Class II violation.

Nothing set forth in this public notice, shall be construed as authorizing or allowing the taking of deer or any other game animal or bird, with the aid of bait.

 

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