Wildlife & Hunting

Mahannah WMA


Mahannah WMA is located in Issaquena and Warren Counties near Redwood. Approximately 18 miles north of Vicksburg on Hwy 61. Turn left (west) at WMA sign on Floweree Road. Go approx. 3 miles to WMA sign turn left (west) on Anderson-Tully Road. WMA headquarters approx. 2 miles ahead. If you have any questions regarding Mahannah WMA call (601) 661-0294.


Mahannah Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in Warren and Issaquena counties, approximately 15 miles north of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The WMA consists of approximately 12,695 acres of bottomland hardwoods, agriculture fields, hardwood reforestation, and waterfowl impoundments. Mahannah WMA is part of one of the most ecologically intact and biologically diverse bottomland hardwood ecosystems in the Mississippi Delta. The area is a unique balance of flooding timber, cypress swamps, and controlled flooded agricultural lands. This diverse land provides habitat for some of the largest concentrations of wintering waterfowl in the Mississippi Delta. 

The area provides habitats for various species of wintering waterfowl. Shallow areas are used by puddle ducks and the deeper water is used by diving ducks. Mallard is the primary species; however, northern shoveler, canvasback, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, gadwall, northern pintail, wood duck, American widgeon and others are abundant.

Approximately 1,486 acres of open farmland are managed for waterfowl each year. These areas are either planted in crops, millet, milo, corn, soybeans, etc. or maintained in moist soil species and flooded in the fall by pumping. These areas were enhanced with the development and construction of a levee system which began during FY 2003 and was completed in FY 2005. This allows personnel to manage the water earlier and more precisely by closing water control structures and allowing rainfall to flood the area behind the structures. Also, several hundred acres of timber are managed to provide wintering waterfowl habitat. 


The permit station with cards is located at the headquarters.
WMA Waterfowl Draw Hunt Procedures for the 2021-22 Hunting Season
The MDWFP has made procedural changes to waterfowl draw hunts on Wildlife Management Areas for the 2021-22 hunting season.

Procedures for the upcoming hunting season are outlined below:

  • The waterfowl draw hunt application period (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.
  • Hunting units will be assigned when draw winners are notified by email.
  • Drawn hunters and their guests will sign in on the pre-drawn sign in sheet by 5:00 am (at WMA Headquarters Building), and then proceed to their assigned hunting unit the morning of the hunt.
  • There will be “stand-by” opportunity on Howard Miller, Mahannah, Mahannah/Phil Bryant Timber, and Muscadine Farms WMAs for non-drawn hunters to show up the day of a hunt for a chance to fill a vacant spot.
  • If drawn hunters DO NOT sign in by 5:00 am, their hunt unit will become available in the stand-by draw.
  • For stand-by hunters, one designated person from each hunt group will sign in all members of their hunting party on a numbered stand-by sign in sheet by 5:00 am. and will draw for the order in which they will select any hunt units left available.
  • This will continue until all available hunt units are allocated or all stand-by groups have a hunt unit. 
  • For more information on individual WMA rules and regulations, please visit



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Important Information if you are Hunting Waterfowl on Mahannah WMA

  • Area is moist soil habitat with some natural cover. Select units have duck blinds as an option for hunters to use. 
  • There are some hunt units in the timber on lakes.
  • ATV/UTVs are recommended but there are hunt units that can be accessed by foot.
  • Some type of small layout boat, layout blind with tub, etc. to allow hunter to reduce silhouette, is recommended.
  • Camouflage - Tan or brown camouflage (e.g. Fast Grass) in moist soil units is recommended.


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