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Waterfowl Hunting Information

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 Information
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), Muscadine, and Indianola all have limited access waterfowl hunts.  If you are interested in applying for reservations for a waterfowl draw hunt, 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 Hunting Areas
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.  For standby procedures on 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 vegetation.
  • 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 some areas.
  • 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 form 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.  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 in the standing water.  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 662-284-0740.
  • 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. 

Waterfowl Draw Hunt Statistics
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.

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