Where to Hunt
Mississippi offers numerous waterfowl hunting opportunities.
From state, federal, and privately owned lands managed intensively
for waterfowl to the various public waterways throughout the state,
there is surely a waterfowl hunting opportunity located within a
reasonable drive of most Mississippians. Each of these
areas are subject to their own rules and regulations.
The links below should help you learn the rules and regulations for
public waterfowl hunting on an area near you.
Waterfowl Draw Hunt
The MDWFP has numerous waterfowl hunting opportunities on its
Wildlife Management Areas. Hunters can freelance waterfowl
hunt on many areas like Sunflower, Malmaison, O'Keefe, Sky Lake, Pascagoula, Nanih Waiya, or Canal Section
WMAs. Or if you are after a more structured experience with
defined hunting units and on-site personnel available for
questions, perhaps one of our areas offering a limited access
hunting opportunity is of more interest to you. Wildlife
Management Areas like Howard Miller, Charlie Capps,
Mahannah, Trim Cane, Tuscumbia (Unit 2),
Indianola all have limited access waterfowl hunts. If you
are interested in applying for reservations for a waterfowl draw
Apply during any of the draw application periods held during
fall and winter for regular season duck hunts or early August for
early teal season hunts.
Draw Hunt Procedures for Standby
Standby hunting is where hunters can arrive at the WMA the morning
of waterfowl draw hunt days for an opportunity to fill vacancies as
a result of reservation holders not showing up for their draw
hunt. Standby procedures may be different from one area to
the next based on hunter input for that area or what we have found
works best for that area. The links below will provide
additional information for standby hunting procedures for each
Waterfowl Hunt Unit Maps
The MDWFP offers a variety of mapping tools to help hunters get a
feel for an area before visiting. Our Geographic Information
System Program offers an interactive mapping application with updated
aerial photography, topographical maps, and GPS locations.
They also have maps of waterfowl hunting units for our Wildlife
Management Areas that delineate hunting areas. Our Wildlife Management Area
Program has maps and area regulations for all WMAs.
2016 Habitat Status on Selected
Waterfowl Hunting Areas
Waterfowl habitat status on selected WMAs is updated annually
prior to the regular duck season.
- Howard Miller WMA - The rice produced very well, however, rice
stubble was cut short due to rice falling over before harvest.
Cover will be more limited than usual in rice impoundments. Most
moist-soil areas have strips of tall vertical cover planted in them
for hunter cover and supplemental waterfowl foods. Soybean fields
have strips of corn planted to provide hunter cover. Food
availability in moist-soil areas is excellent, dominated by wild
millet and sprangletop with little competition from non-desirable
- Mahannah WMA - Moist-soil plants have had good production in
many impoundments. Some areas were fall disked to set back plant
succession and to prepare for future years. Overall, the area's
waterfowl food abundance is good, but cover is limiting in some
- Muscadine Farms WMA - Moist-soil plants have produced well in
many impoundments. Some areas were disked or mowed to clear dense
natural vegetation before flooding. Many impoundments have strips
of millet for supplemental waterfowl foods. Overall, waterfowl
foraging and roosting habitat on Muscadine will be excellent, and
some impoundments have been flooded since late summer for early
- Twin Oaks WMA - Moist soil plant abundance is excellent in
waterfowl impoundments and GTR openings. Moist-soil areas are
dominated by volunteer millet, as well as wild millet, panic grass,
and sprangletop. Strips of tall vegetation have also been planted
to supplement natural foods and provide additional hunter
- Malmaison WMA - The Malmaison green tree reservoir (GTR) had a
fair moist soil growing season, and food production around
semi-permanent wetlands was good. Waterfowl foraging and resting
habitat overall will be good in the GTR. The McIntyre Scatters
produced an abundance of natural waterfowl foods such as duck
potato, sedges, and sprangletop, but significant rainfall is needed
to flood this area.
- O'Keefe WMA - The waterfowl impoundments on O'Keefe WMA contain
a wide variety of waterfowl foods. The contract farmer grew
soybeans with alternating strips of corn. The strips of corn were
left standing for hunter cover. Moist-soil production was excellent
across all impoundments and some areas were supplemented with
millet plantings. Some fall manipulations were completed to clear
dense areas of undesirable vegetation before flooding.
- Charlie Capps WMA- Moist-soil plants responded very well again
this summer. Impoundments have a diversity of waterfowl foods and
abundant cover. Managers have mowed and disked areas for waterfowl
access in impoundments.
- Trim Cane WMA - Natural and planted food production has been
good in most impoundments. Due to dry conditions in late summer and
early fall, significant amounts of rainfall will be needed for
adequate waterfowl habitat. Updated water level and hunting
information may be obtained by calling (662) 272-8303.
- Tuscumbia WMA - Due to a wet spring, moist-soil habitat is fair
- good. Also, several impoundments were planted in millet.
Managers have continued to create additional openings and improve
management capabilities within impoundments. Updated water level
and hunting information may be obtained by calling
- Indianola WMA - Habitat infrastructure enhancements have been
completed, and all waterfowl impoundments will be open to hunting
during the 2016-17 waterfowl hunting season. The entire area was
managed in natural moist-soil vegetation, and food production was
good in most areas.
- Pearl River WMA - Moist-soil plants have responsed well this
summer. Millet was planted in some impoundments to supplement
The chance of getting a pre-season reservation waterfowl hunt
varies from one WMA to the next. Harvest success,
word-of-mouth, location, and waterfowl use all play an important
role in dictating how many people apply for a certain
WMA. Also, how many dates hunters choose and how they
prioritize those dates can influence their chances of being
drawn. For example, prioritizing for all available hunt dates
within a draw period increases your likelihood of being drawn.