Quail Hunting in Mississippi
There are a
number of public lands that are open to quail hunting in
Mississippi, including Wildlife
, National Forests, National Wildlife
Refuges, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands (see links below).
The presence and abundance of quail on these areas vary depending
on habitat quality and quantity. Black Prairie, Charles Ray Nix,
and Hell Creek Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) 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 18-24, 2013). Permit applications, when available, can be
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. All of
these areas 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 email@example.com
or contact our Jackson Office at 601-432-2199 Monday - Friday, 8 am
to 5 pm CT.
Photos by Marco Nicovich
Click on the Links Below for License or Season Information
Click on the Links Below for Public Land Locations, Regulations,
3-year Trends in Breeding Season Quail Call-counts on
* Special permit quail hunts only.
** Quail season is currently closed on these areas.
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. Listening stations are established at regular intervals
throughout a given area to get a general sample of relative
population abundance. Evaluating a snapshot of several years of
breeding season call-count data provides relative population trends
on a given area.