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. Black 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 are in February; see area regulations).
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. Bird dog training during specified
dates may be offered on these areas. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,
3-year Trends in Breeding
Season Quail Call-counts on WMAs
* Closed to quail hunting, but dog
training dates available per regulations.
** Closed to quail hunting except
applicants selected to participate in experimental quail hunt in
conjunction with research project in 2014.
*** Quail hunting by permit
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.