Quail Hunting in Mississippi
There are a
number of public lands that are open to quail hunting in
Mississippi, including Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), National
Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and Army Corps of Engineers
lands. The presence and abundance of quail on these areas vary
depending on habitat quality and quantity.
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Links Below for Public Land Locations, Regulations, and More:
Prairie, Charles Ray Nix, and Hell Creek WMAs are managed with an
emphasis on quail and other small game by the Mississippi
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Hell Creek WMA
currently offers quail hunting through a permit process (hunt dates
February 16-22, 2015). Online permit
are available in December. A limited
number of permits are issued by a random drawing of applications.
Black Prairie and Charles Ray Nix WMAs are currently closed to
quail hunting. Black Prairie and Hell Creek WMAs are open
to bird dog training during specified dates
. Check area
regulations for quail hunting and dog training dates. A Wildlife
Management Area User Permit (may be purchased anywhere hunting
licenses are sold) is required of anyone using a WMA, unless exempt
from purchasing a hunting and fishing license.
offer some quail hunting opportunity. For more information, contact
Rick Hamrick by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact our Jackson Office at 601-432-2199 Monday - Friday, 8 am
to 5 pm CT.
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Links Below for License or Season Information:
3-year Trends in Breeding Season Quail Call-counts on
* Closed to quail hunting, but dog training dates available
** Closed to quail hunting except applicants selected to
participate in experimental quail hunt in conjunction with research
project in 2014.
*** Quail hunting by permit only.
Listening stations are established at regular intervals
throughout a given area to get a general sample of relative
population abundance. A "zero" count does not necessarily mean
there are no birds present, and large differences in counts between
years are likely due to variation in calling activity rather than
severe population "crashes." Population density, breeding pair
status, weather, and other factors affect calling activity.
Furthermore, some routes are only surveyed one time due to time
constraints, and within-year variation is not well
represented. Evaluating a snapshot of several years of
breeding season call-count data provides relative population trends
on a given area.