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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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands (see links below). The presence and abundance of quail on these areas vary depending on habitat quality and quantity. Hell Creek WMA currently offers quail hunting through a permit process (hunt dates are in February; see area regulations). Online permit applications are available in December or January. A limited number of permits are issued by a random drawing of applications. Always check area regulations for open season dates and bag limits. 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. For other public lands, consult the administrative agency for information on regulations and permits that may be required.

For more information on quail hunting opportunities, contact Rick Hamrick by email at rickh@mdwfp.state.ms.us or contact our Jackson Office at (601) 432-2199, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm.

Click on the Links Below for License or Season Information


Click on the Links Below for Public Land Locations, Regulations, and More

U.S. Forest Service - National Forests
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - National Wildlife Refuges
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Lakes and Tenn-Tom Waterway
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3-year Trends in Breeding Season Quail Call-counts on WMAs


wma north quail 3yr 


wma central quail 3yr 


wma south quail 3 yr

* Closed to quail hunting.
** Quail hunting by permit only.

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, but populations are likely very small.  Large differences in counts between years may be due to variation in calling activity and/or inability to conduct several counts to capture such variation rather than a severe population "crash." 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.

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