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 five draw application periods held
mid-October through December 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 hunt days for an opportunity to fill vacancies as a
result of reservation holders not showing up for their 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 area.
Waterfowl Hunt Unit Maps
The MDWFP offers a variety of mapping tools to help hunters get a
feel of an area before they get a chance to visit it. 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.
2014 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 conventional rice that was planted
produced very well. Most moist-soil areas have strips of milo
and Sudan grass planted in them for hunter cover and supplemental
waterfowl foods. Cover in moist-soil areas and soybean fields
are much greater than in past years. 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 responded very
well after prolonged spring flooding. Overall, the
area's waterfowl food abundance is good, but cover is limiting in
- Muscadine Farms WMA - Moist-soil plants are growing well.
Some areas were disked or mowed to clear dense areas of natural
vegetation before flooding. Many impoundments have strips of
Sudan grass and millet for hunter cover and supplemental waterfowl
foods. Overall, waterfowl foraging and roosting habitat on
Muscadine will be excellent, and some impoundments have been
flooded since September.
- Twin Oaks WMA - Moist soil plant abundance is excellent in
waterfowl impoundments and GTR openings. Moist-soil areas are
dominated by volunteer millet from last year's plantings as well as
wild millet, panic grass, and sprangletop. Sudan grass has
also been planted to supplement natural foods and provide
additional hunter cover.
- Malmaison WMA - The Malmaison green tree reservoir (GTR) had a
good moist soil growing season. A lot of natural waterfowl
foods were produced after a wet summer. Waterfowl foraging and
resting habitat should be good in the GTR as well. The
McIntyre Scatters produced an abundance of natural waterfowl foods
such as duck potato and sprangletop.
- 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 waterfowl food and hunter cover.
Moist-soil production was excellent across all impoundments and
some areas were supplemented with Japanese millet. Some
manipulations were completed to clear dense areas of undesirable
vegetation before flooding.
- Charlie Capps WMA- Moist-soil plants responded very well to a
wet summer. Impoundments have a diversity of waterfowl foods
and abundant cover. Managers have done their best to mow
areas for waterfowl access in many impoundments.
- Trim Cane WMA - Water was held in impoundments throughout the
year in an effort to provide more reliable hunting opportunity for
the 2014-15 waterfowl season. As a result, waterfowl food
production is somewhat decreased from 2013-14. However,
relatively dry conditions in late summer and early fall allowed
some production of quality moist-soil vegetation around the
perimeters of the impoundments. Some emergent vegetation has
also produced waterfowl foods such as smartweeds. Deep water
areas have maintained some patches of open water, which will
provide areas for ducks to land and for hunters to place
decoys. All impoundments have adequate cover to benefit ducks
and hunters. If average rainfall is received this fall and
winter, Trim Cane is expected to provide quality wintering
waterfowl habitat. Updated water level and hunting
information may be obtained by calling (662) 272-8303.
- Tuscumbia WMA - Due to a wet summer, moist-soil habitat is fair
- good. Also, several impoundments were planted in
millet. Also, managers have continued to create
additional openings within impoundments. Updated water level
and hunting information may be obtained by calling
- Indianola WMA - Habitat enhancements are ongoing at Indianola
WMA. A limited number of waterfowl impoundments will be open
to hunting during the 2014-15 waterfowl hunting season. Most
of these units are planted in millet and the remaining three
consist of harvested soybean fields. Cover will be extremely
limited on Indianola WMA this year due to the extensive
infrastructure enhancements conducted there this summer.
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.