Shipland WMA is located in Issaquena County near Mayersville. Turn off Hwy 61 onto Hwy 1 at Onward Store go about 15 miles until you see MS River levee take left at the Shipland sign and go to the levee take right, go north on levee unto you see Shipland sign take left off levee and follow road. If you have any questions regarding Shipland WMA call (601) 661-0294.
Shipland Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located along the
Mississippi River in Issaquena County, approximately 45 miles north
of Vicksburg. The 3,500-acre WMA was established in 1982 on land
purchased from the Nature Conservancy.
This is the only WMA in the Mississippi batture lands; that is,
the land between the Mississippi river and the main-line river
levee. The area is classified as bottomland hardwood but the
habitat varies across the WMA from a small sand field that is
comprised of grassland and stunted trees to a forest of oaks,
pecan, and sugarberry, to low wet areas of willow trees and
buttonbush. During low water levels there are also several
hundred acres of sandbars in the Mississippi River that can be
accessed on foot. In the last 10 years, several types of logging
operations were conducted on the area to improve the habitat for
wildlife. WMA personnel also plant winter and summer food plots and
maintain permanent openings to provide additional food for
Shipland WMA provides year-round public hunting and fishing
opportunities. Deer hunting is the most popular form of hunting
followed closely by squirrel and waterfowl hunting. Deer seasons
are restricted to archery and primitive weapon, with harvest
limited to antlerless deer and bucks with an inside spread of at
least 15 inches, or one main beam length of at least 18 inches. The
black color phase of fox squirrels occurs on the area and is
considered a trophy by hunters who come from areas where this phase
is not found. Waterfowl hunting opportunities exist mainly in the
Mississippi River, and the hunting can be good at times. Rabbit and
turkey hunting is generally poor due to the yearly flooding by the
Mississippi River depressing their numbers. There is a small ox-bow
lake on the southern end of the area that provides good fishing
opportunities. Although there is not a boat ramp on the area
providing access into the river, there are places a small boat can
be launched from the bank, if the river is not too low. Primitive
camping is also allowed on the area.
Shipland WMA is also a very good area for bird watching. The
borrow areas adjacent to the main line levee, and the sand dunes in
the river provide excellent areas to see shorebirds and waterfowl.
Shipland is far enough west that the spring and fall migration of
Neotropical migrants may bring in birds not normally seen in most
areas of Mississippi.