The heart of Mississippi's outdoors.

Looking for a place to hunt, hike or just find yourself outdoors? MDWFP has more than 50 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state with over 700,000 acres of opportunity. If you are looking for the heart of Mississippi's outdoors, a Wildlife Management Area is a great place to start.

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WMA Location Map

Rules & Regulations for All WMAs

Preserving the natural beauty and ecological balance of Mississippi's Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) is not only a responsibility but also a privilege we all share. These pristine landscapes are vital havens for our state's diverse wildlife and play a crucial role in conservation efforts.

To ensure the continued well-being of our native species and the enjoyment of these precious environments for generations to come, it is imperative that we adhere to the basic regulations governing WMAs. By doing so, we not only protect the delicate ecosystems but also guarantee a safe and enriching experience for outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, and nature lovers alike.

View Basic Rules and Regulations for WMAs.

Download the WMA Check-In app.

Permitting & Applications
The application and permitting process varies per season. Visit the WMA Permit Drawings page for more info.

Hunting Seasons & Bag Limits

Hunting seasons and bag limits in Mississippi are carefully managed to maintain healthy wildlife populations and ensure sustainable hunting practices. The state offers a variety of hunting opportunities throughout the year, with seasons typically based on the specific species being pursued. Bag limits, which specify the number of animals an individual hunter can harvest during a particular seasons, vary by species and location to prevent overharvesting.

It's crucial for hunters to consult the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) for the most up-to-date information on hunting seasons and bag limits, as they may change from year to year. Responsible adherence to these regulations is essential for conserving our state's diverse wildlife and ensuring a successful and enjoyable hunting experience. View Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits.

WMA User Permits & Fees

In addition to any required license, all users must carry on their person an Annual, Individual, or Family Wildlife Management Area User Permit while using any Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Wildlife Management Area that is operated on property not owned by the U.S. Forest Service. Users exempt from purchasing a hunting or fishing license (Miss. Code Ann. ยงยง49-7-5 and 49-7-9) are exempt from purchasing the WMA User Permits and Camping Permits. View User Permits and Fees.

Annual Application Periods for WMA Permitted Draw Hunts

Discover exciting opportunities for permitted hunts on Mississippi's Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). Plan your hunting adventures by checking out our WMA Permitted Hunts information. Learn about specific hunts, dates, and application procedures. Don't miss out on your chance to experience these unique opportunities. Stay informed and apply during our Annual Application Periods. 

WMA Permitted Draw Hunt Application Dates
Annual Application Periods
  • Deer: August 1 to August 31
  • Canemount WMA: August 1 to August 31
  • Turkey: January 15 to February 15
  • Early Teal: August 1 to August 15
  • Rabbit: August 1 to October 15
  • Dove: August 1 to August 15
  • Waterfowl: October 1 to October 15