Quail Hunting in Mississippi
There are a
number of public lands that are open to quail hunting in
Mississippi, including Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), National
Forests, National Wildlife Refuges, and Army Corps of Engineers
lands. The presence and abundance of quail on these areas vary
depending on habitat quality and quantity.
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Links Below for Public Land Locations, Regulations, and More:
Prairie, Charles Ray Nix, and Hell Creek WMAs 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
are available in December. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact our Jackson Office at 601-432-2199 Monday - Friday, 8 am
to 5 pm CT.
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Links Below for License or Season Information:
3-year Trends in Breeding Season Quail Call-counts on
* Special permit quail hunts only.
** Quail season is currently closed on these areas.
Listening stations are established
at regular intervals throughout a given area to get a general
sample of relative population abundance. 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. Furthermore, some routes are only surveyed one
time due to time constraints, and within-year variation is not
well represented. Evaluating a snapshot of several years of
breeding season call-count data provides relative population trends
on a given area.