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Leroy Percy

Manager: Wesley Howard

Directions
Leroy Percy WMA is located in Washington County near Hollandale. Go west of Hollandale 5 miles on Hwy 12 to Leroy Percy State Park. Turn right at Park entrance Park Office one mile on left. If you have any questions regarding Leroy Percy WMA call (662) 453-5409.

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Description
Leroy Percy Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 1,642-acre parcel located in Washington County, approximately 6 miles west of Hollandale on Highway 12.  Leroy Percy WMA is located on Leroy Percy State Park, and is the only WMA in Mississippi located on a State Park.  Camping, lodging, and a daily lunch are available at the park.  There are no personnel assigned to Leroy Percy WMA, but personnel from local WMAs, Conservation Officers from Washington County, and Leroy Percy State Park personnel work together to achieve the WMA's goals. 

This area is dominated by bottomland hardwood stands currently consisting of even-age timber classes.  However, timber thinning is being considered in the future.  Approximately ten years ago ice storm damage opened up moderate portions of the canopy, which allowed sunlight to reach the ground and encouraged growth of deer browse.  The forest canopy in Leroy Percy WMA has since recovered and shaded out many of the herbaceous plants that occurred on the ground for wildlife.  Future timber thinning will open the forest once again to promote vegetation growth.

Black Bayou, in addition to several oxbows, runs through Leroy Percy WMA.   Although these bodies of water are present, this WMA is not commonly susceptible to extensive flooding.  During times of high water, oxbows of the old bayou are refilled and are easily accessible, but debris generally blocks them off when water levels are normal.  Fishing opportunities exist on the area, especially on Black Bayou south of the weir, which is just south of Highway 12.  Fishing is also available in the lake that is accessible from the park headquarters building.

Deer hunting is allowed with archery or primitive weapons throughout the entire deer season, although the area adjacent to the park headquarters is closed to hunting.  Bucks are not eligible for harvest unless they have an inside spread of at least 12 inches, or one main beam length of at least 15 inches.  This restriction has been in place for several years; therefore, some higher quality deer should be available for harvest this season.  All deer that are harvested on Leroy Percy WMA must have biological data collected at the park headquarters.  Opportunities to harvest antlerless deer exist and are available and encouraged.

Turkey hunting is also allowed in the spring; however, a special permit is required to hunt from opening day until the second Saturday of the season. 

Small game opportunities are primarily limited to squirrel hunting because of the habitat type.  Squirrel numbers should be plentiful throughout the WMA, especially in older timber stands.  Fair mast crop yields over the last couple of years should have maintained a huntable squirrel population, but the mast production has not been high enough to raise the population significantly.  Black squirrels occur on the area, and should occur at relatively high numbers.

A 25-acre dove field is managed annually for a youth dove hunt on opening Saturday.  After the youth hunt, the field is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Hunter success on Leroy Percy WMA is moderate, although hunting opportunities are practically unrestricted.  Hunting pressure, in general, is relatively low on the WMA, which tends to slightly increase the hunting quality.



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