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Wildlife Management Areas

The 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. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parksowns 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 MDWFP 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 - October 15. 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.

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. Canal Section WMA
  4. Canemount WMA
  5. Caney Creek WMA*
  6. Caston Creek WMA*
  7. Charles Ray Nix WMA
  8. Charlie Capps WMA
  9. Chickasaw WMA*
  10. Chickasawhay WMA*
  11. Choctaw WMA*
  12. Copiah County WMA
  13. Cossar State Park WMA
  14. Divide Section WMA
  15. Hell Creek WMA
  16. Howard Miller WMA
  17. John Bell Williams WMA
  18. John W. Starr
    Memorial Forest WMA
  19. Lake George WMA
  20. Leaf River WMA*
  21. Leroy Percy WMA
  22. Little Biloxi WMA*
  23. Mahannah WMA
  24. Malmaison WMA
  25. Marion County WMA
  26. Mason Creek WMA*
  27. Muscadine Farms WMA
  28. Nanih Waiya WMA
  29. Natchez State Park WMA
  30. Okatibbee WMA
  31. O’Keefe WMA
  32. Old River WMA
  33. Pascagoula River WMA
  34. Pearl River WMA
  35. Phil Bryant WMA
  36. Red Creek WMA*
  37. Riverfront WMA
  38. Sandy Creek WMA*
  39. Shipland WMA
  40. Sky Lake WMA
  41. Stoneville WMA
  42. Sunflower WMA*
  43. Tallahala WMA*
  44. Theodore A. Mars, Jr.
    Memorial Wildlife Refuge
  45. Trim Cane WMA
  46. Tuscumbia WMA
  47. Twin Oaks WMA
  48. Upper Sardis WMA*
  49. Ward Bayou WMA
  50. William C. (Billy)
    Deviney WMA
  51. Wolf River WMA
  52. Yockanookany WMA

* Properties owned by the U.S. Forest Service

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 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 2021-2022 hunt brochure can be found on-line at
https://www.fws.gov/southeast/pdf/regulations/north-mississippi-refuges-complex.pdf