Wildlife & Hunting

Rabbit Hunting in Mississippi


There are a number of public lands that are open to rabbit 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 rabbits on these areas vary depending on habitat quality and quantity. Cottontails can be found in upland and lowland areas while swamp rabbits are typically found around wetlands, rivers, creeks, and other lowland areas. Both species require an abundant mix of upright grass cover, broadleaf plants, and brushy thickets. Black Prairie, Charles Ray Nix, and Hell Creek WMAs are managed with an emphasis on small game by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Public lands in the Delta region that have young hardwood restoration plantings often hold good rabbit numbers. Trim Cane (near Starkville) and Nanih Waiya (near Philadelphia) WMAs also offer rabbit hunting through a special permit process (a special permit is not required to hunt rabbits without dogs on Nanih Waiya WMA). Permit applications are available in August or September. A limited number of permits are issued by a random drawing of applications. 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 rabbit 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