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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mississippi WMAs Offer More than Hunting and Fishing

JACKSON - Mississippi's Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are known for providing ample hunting and fishing opportunities.  However, each year when the spring turkey season comes to an end, many people stop visiting WMAs until the next fall hunting seasons begin.  Hunting season does not have to be open to enjoy the outdoors on WMAs; there are many summertime recreational opportunities available.  Fishing is popular throughout the summer on some WMAs such as Pascagoula River and Old River.  Visitors can also enjoy activities such as hiking, canoeing, primitive camping, bird watching, outdoor photography, or a family picnic on a sandbar. 

Visitors need to be aware of special regulations that apply to WMAs.  All visitors to WMAs, except those exempt from purchasing an annual hunting or fishing license, must purchase and carry an annual statewide WMA User Permit on all WMAs except those owned by the U.S. Forest Service.  Visitors to WMAs owned by the U.S. Forest Service only need to purchase a WMA User Permit when hunting or fishing.  WMA User Permits may be purchased wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold.  WMA User Permits are valid for one year from date of purchase for all WMAs across the state.  Fees collected from the purchase of WMA User Permits help defray the costs of management activities on WMAs.  In addition to the WMA User Permit, visitors must complete a daily visitor use permit card before entering WMAs.  These permit cards are available at permit stations located at WMA entrances. Information gained from these cards aids in the management of these areas.

For more information regarding wildlife management areas in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wma or call us at (601) 432-2199.  

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