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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 Army Corps of Engineers lands. The presence and abundance of quail on these areas vary depending on habitat quality and quantity.
 
Click on the Links Below for Public Land Locations, Regulations, and More:
 
MDWFP Wildlife Management Areas
US Forest Service National Forests
US Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges
US Army Corps of Engineers Lakes and Tenn-Tom Waterway
 

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 February 16-22, 2014). Online permit applications 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, except an experimental quail hunt will take place on Charles Ray Nix WMA during the 2014-15 season as part of a harvest managment study. Interested quail hunters can sign up for the experimental hunt until October 10. Participants are required to use an upland bird dog during hunts. For more information, email Nixquailhunt@gmail.com or phone Dr. James Martin at 850-445-9773. All of these areas are open to bird dog training during specified dates. Check area regulations for quail hunting and dog training dates. 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.
 
Other WMAs offer some quail hunting opportunity. For more information, contact Rick Hamrick by email at rickh@mdwfp.state.ms.us or contact our Jackson Office at 601-432-2199 Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm CT.
 
quail hunting
 
 
Click on the Links Below for License or Season Information:
Hunting License Information
Quail Hunting Season Dates

 

3-year Trends in Breeding Season Quail Call-counts on WMAs

North

wma north quail 3yr 

Central

wma central quail 3yr 

South

wma south quail 3 yr

* 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 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, 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.

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