Manager: Bobby Kellum
Stoneville WMA is located in Washington County near Leland. Go northeast of Leland 2.5 miles on Old Leland Road, turn on Feather Farm Road go 2 miles to WMA. If you have any questions regarding Stoneville WMA call (662) 453-5409.
Stoneville Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 2,500-acre parcel
located in Washington County, approximately five miles north of
Leland. Stoneville WMA is owned by Mississippi State
University and is located on the Mississippi Agriculture and
Forestry Delta Branch Experiment Station in Stoneville. This
area is dominated by bottomland hardwood stands of varying age
classes with some mature timber stands scattered throughout the
Approximately one half of Stoneville WMA's timber had to be
regenerated due to ice storm damage in the mid 1990s. Because
of the thick cover and food availability provided by this extensive
regeneration, deer habitat is excellent and the deer herd on
Stoneville WMA is in very good condition. Deer hunting is
allowed with archery or primitive weapons throughout the entire
deer season. When compared to other areas, buck quality is
above average. Bucks are not eligible for harvest unless they
have an inside spread of at least 12 inches, or one main beam
length of at least 15 inches. This restriction has been in place
for several years; therefore, a few higher quality deer should be
available for harvest this season. Opportunities to harvest
antlerless deer exist and are encouraged on the area.
Because of the small size of the area and limited number of
turkeys, we limit the number of hunters allowed during the early
part of turkey season. Turkey hunting is by permit only
during the first ten days of turkey season. After the second
weekend, turkey hunting is allowed without permits.
Small game opportunities are primarily limited to squirrel
hunting because of the habitat type. Squirrel numbers should
be plentiful throughout the area where habitat is available.
Fair mast crop yields over the last couple of years should have
maintained a huntable squirrel population, but mast production on
the limited number of mast producing trees has not been high enough
to raise the population significantly. Black squirrels occur
on the area at relatively high numbers.
Although hunting opportunities are practically unrestricted,
hunter success on this area is moderate at best. Hunting
pressure, in general, is relatively low on the area, which should
tend to slightly increase the hunting quality.