Waterfowl Hunting Information
Where to Hunt
Mississippi offers numerous waterfowl hunting opportunities. From state, federal, and privately owned lands managed intensively for waterfowl to the various public waterways throughout the state, there is surely a waterfowl hunting opportunity located within a reasonable drive of most Mississippians. Each of these areas are subject to their own rules and regulations. The links below should help you learn the rules and regulations for public waterfowl hunting on an area near you.
- MDWFP Wildlife Management Areas
- USFWS Refuges in the South East
- U.S. Corps of Engineers Lakes
- Ross Barnett Reservoir
- Tenn Tom Waterway
- Public Waterway Map and Law
- Public Waterway Article
- Arkansas Reciprocal License Agreement
- Louisiana Reciprocal License Agreement
Waterfowl Draw Hunt Information
The MDWFP has numerous waterfowl hunting opportunities on its Wildlife Management Areas. Hunters can freelance waterfowl hunt on many areas like Sunflower, Malmaison, O'Keefe, Sky Lake, Pascagoula, Nanih Waiya, or Canal Section WMAs. Or if you are after a more structured experience with defined hunting units and on-site personnel available for questions, perhaps one of our areas offering a limited access hunting opportunity is of more interest to you. Wildlife Management Areas like Howard Miller, Charlie Capps, Mahannah, Trim Cane, Tuscumbia (Unit 2), Muscadine, and William (Billy) C. Deviney all have limited access waterfowl hunts. If you are interested in applying for reservations for a waterfowl draw hunt, Apply during any of the draw application periods held during fall and winter for regular season duck hunts or early August for early teal season hunts.
Draw Hunt Procedures for 2020-21 Hunting Season
The MDWFP has made procedural changes to waterfowl draw hunts on Wildlife Management Areas for the 2020-21 hunting season. Due to ongoing health concerns from Covid-19, drawing procedures have been altered to limit close interactions between individuals who are visiting or working on these areas.
New procedures for the upcoming hunting season are outlined below:
- All waterfowl draw hunt applications (5 draw periods per WMA) will be open concurrently from Oct 1 to Oct 15 and all drawings and notifications will be completed by Nov 1.
- Waterfowl hunters must be drawn to hunt on WMA waterfowl draw hunts.
- There will be some “stand-by” opportunity for non-drawn hunters to show up the day of a hunt for a chance to fill a vacant spot.
- Drawn hunters will have 48 hours to confirm their reservation online before it goes back into a second re-fill drawing.
- Applicants who are not initially drawn will be entered into the re-fill drawing for a chance to fill any hunting positions that were not confirmed.
- Hunting units will be assigned when draw winners are notified by email.
- Drawn Hunters and their guests can show up, SIGN IN, and then proceed to their hunting unit by 5:00am the morning of the hunt.
- If pre drawn hunters fail to sign in by 5:00 am, their hunt unit will become available in the stand-by draw.
- One designated person from each hunt group will sign in all members of their hunting party on a numbered sign-in sheet.
- The first numbered available hunt unit will be drawn for first and assigned to a randomly drawn hunting party.
- This will continue until all available hunt units are assigned.
Draw Procedures for Individual WMAs:
- Howard Miller WMA
- Mahannah WMA
- Mahannah and Phil Bryant Timber Units
- Muscadine WMA
- Trim Cane WMA
- Tuscumbia WMA (Unit 2)
- Neshoba County Lake
- Lake Bogue Homa
Waterfowl Hunt Unit Maps
The MDWFP offers a variety of mapping tools to help hunters get a feel of an area before they get a chance to visit it. Our Geographic Information System Program offers an interactive mapping application with updated aerial photography, topographical maps, and GPS locations. They also have maps of waterfowl hunting units for our Wildlife Management Areas that delineate hunting areas. Our Wildlife Management Area Program has maps and area regulations for all WMAs.
2020 Habitat Status on Selected Waterfowl Hunting Areas
Waterfowl habitat status on selected WMAs will be updated prior to the regular duck season.
Waterfowl Draw Hunt Chances
The chance of getting a pre-season reservation waterfowl hunt varies from one WMA to the next. Harvest success, word-of-mouth, location, and waterfowl use all play an important role in dictating how many people apply for a certain WMA. Also, how many dates hunters choose and how they prioritize those dates can influence their chances of being drawn. For example, prioritizing for all available hunt dates within a draw period increases your likelihood of being drawn.