Rabbit Hunting in Mississippi
There are a number of public lands that are open to rabbit hunting in Mississippi, including Wildlife Management Areas, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands (see links below). The presence and abundance of rabbits on these areas vary depending on habitat quality and quantity. Cottontails can be found in upland and lowland areas while swamp rabbits are typically found around wetlands, rivers, creeks, and other lowland areas. Both species require an abundant mix of upright grass cover, broadleaf plants, and brushy thickets. Black Prairie, Charles Ray Nix, and Hell Creek Wildlife Management Areas are managed with an emphasis on small game by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Public lands in the Delta region that have young hardwood restoration plantings often hold good rabbit numbers. Trim Cane (near Starkville) and Nanih Waiya (near Philadelphia) Wildlife Management Areas also offer rabbit hunting through a special permit process (a special permit is not required to hunt rabbits without dogs on Nanih Waiya WMA). Permit applications are available in August or September. A limited number of permits are issued by a random drawing of applications.
Regulations may be different from one area to another, so always check specific area regulations for open season dates, bag limits, and any special regulations. 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. For more information on rabbit hunting opportunities, 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.