Manager: Bobby Kellum
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.
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
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
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.