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Wildlife Management Area Information

Wildlife Management Area - Acres - Nearest Town

Bienville - 26,760 - Morton

Black Prairie - 6,001 - Brooksville

Calling Panther - 1,094 - Hazlehurst

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

Wildlife Management Area - Acres - Nearest Town

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 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.

Trail Users:

• Know when hunting seasons are open

• Wear hunter orange during open seasons

• Make your presence known

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.


• Always positively identify your target

• Be aware that trail users may be present

• Make your presence known

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

Leave No Trace:

Respected Access:

Tread Lightly:

International Hunter Education

National Forests in Mississippi
100 West Capitol Street, Suite 1141
Jackson, MS 39269
(601) 965-1600

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 432-2400

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