Wildlife Management Areas

Hunting Regulations Icon Mississippi Hunting & Fishing

The Mississippi Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system is expansive and diverse. It includes 55 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. The MDWFP owns some WMAs and manages many others 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.

NOTE: The MDWFP will assist handicapped users in locating easily accessible areas for hunting on all WMAs.

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 – August 31 and Turkey – February 15. Waterfowl applications for opening weekend hunt period will be available October 31. Typically, applications will be opened online approximately one month prior to the application deadlines.

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.

North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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 at 4:00am 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.

The following activities are some of the prohibited activities 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 2020-2021 hunt brochure can be found on-line at


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. Cossar State Park WMA
  15. Divide Section WMA
  16. Graham Lake WMA
  17. Hell Creek WMA
  18. Howard Miller 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. Phil Bryant WMA
  38. Red Creek WMA*
  39. Riverfront WMA
  40. Sandy Creek WMA*
  41. Sardis Waterfowl WMA
  42. Shipland WMA
  43. Sky Lake WMA
  44. Stoneville WMA
  45. Sunflower WMA*
  46. Tallahala WMA*
  47. Theodore A. Mars, Jr.
    Memorial Wildlife Refuge
  48. Trim Cane WMA
  49. Tuscumbia WMA
  50. Twin Oaks WMA
  51. Upper Sardis WMA*
  52. Ward Bayou WMA
  53. William C. (Billy)
    Deviney WMA
  54. Wolf River WMA
  55. Yockanookany WMA

* Properties owned by the U.S. Forest Service

 Wildlife Management Area – Acres – Nearest Town

Bienville – 26,136 – Morton

Black Prairie – 5,673 – Brooksville

Calhoun County – 7,545 – 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 – 7,466 – Hazlehurst

Cossar S.P – 604Oakland

Divide Section – 15,337 – Iuka

Graham Lake – 2,089 – 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 – 9,953 – Greenwood

Marion County – 7,200 – Columbia

Mason Creek – 28,000 – Richton

Wildlife Management Area – Acres – Nearest Town

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 – 39,150 – Vancleave

Pearl River – 6,925 – Canton

Phil Bryant – 17,816 – Redwood

Red Creek – 22,789 – Wiggins

Riverfront – 1,000 – Rosedale

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 – 50,485 – Oxford

Ward Bayou – 13,234 – Moss Point

William C. (Billy) Deviney – 1,203 – Indianola

Wolf River – 10,881 – Poplarville

Yockanookany – 2,379 – McCool

To Report Wildlife Violations Call: 1-800-BE-SMART (1-800-237-6278)