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Mississippi

Hunting

Wildlife Management Area Information

Wildlife Management Area - Acres - Nearest Town

Bienville 26,760 Morton

Black Prairie 6,001 Brooksville

Canal Section 29,672 Fulton

Canemount 3,587 Port Gibson

Caney Creek 28,000 Forest

Caston Creek 28,286 Meadville

Charles Ray Nix 4,000 Sardis

Charlie Capps 600 Cleveland

Chickasaw 26,815 Houston

Chickasawhay 29,049 Laurel

Choctaw 21,705 Ackerman

Copiah County 7,466 Hazlehurst

Cossar S.P 604 Oakland

Divide Section 15,337 Iuka

Hell Creek 2,344 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 41,350 Wiggins

Leroy Percy 1,642 Hollandale

Little Biloxi 13,687 McHenry

Mahannah 12,675 Redwood

Malmaison 9,953 Greenwood

Marion County 7,200 Columbia

Mason Creek 26,075 Richton

Muscadine Farms 3,046 Avon

Nanih Waiya 8,243 Philadelphia

Natchez State Park 2,261 Natchez

Okatibbee 6,883 Collinsville

O’Keefe 6,794 Lambert

Old River 15,091 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 19,125 Natchez

Shipland 3,642 Mayersville

Sky Lake 4,306 Belzoni

Stoneville 1,664 Leland

Sunflower 61,481 Rolling Fork

Tallahala 27,442 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 10,194 Poplarville

Yockanookany 2,379 McCool

Sharing Your Wildlife Management Areas and National Forests

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and 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 the 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 www.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:

• Know when hunting seasons are open

• Wear hunter orange during open seasons

• Make your presence known

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 is 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:

www.lnt.org

Respected Access:

www.respectedaccess.org

Tread Lightly:

www.treadlightly.org

International Hunter Education
Association:

www.ihea.com

Hunters:

• Always positively identify your target

• Be aware that trail users may be present

• Make your presence known

National Forests in Mississippi

100 West Capitol Street, Suite 1141

Jackson, MS 39269

(601) 965-1600

www.fs.fed.us/mississippi

Mississippi Department of
Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks

1505 Eastover Drive

Jackson, MS 39211

(601) 432-2400

www.mdwfp.com

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