Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
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Hunting Opportunities and 2013-2014 Regulations

Credit: USFWS

Credit: USFWS

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is located within three counties (Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Winston) of east-central Mississippi, and consists of approximately 48,000 acres. Approximately 44,000 acres of the Refuge is woodlands and is occupied by a variety of upland species.

The primary objective of the Refuge is to provide resting and feeding habitat for migrating waterfowl. However, compatible public activities are encouraged, including wildlife observation, fishing, and hunting.

Hunting of certain species is permitted in designated areas in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations, including Refuge regulations.

To reach the Refuge from Starkville, take Oktoc Road till it dead-ends, and then follow the Refuge signs. Another option is to take Highway 25 South just into Winston County and turn left at the Refuge sign.


 

DEER PERMITS AND WATERFOWL APPLICATION Online

 

 

DEER PERMITS AND WATERFOWL APPLICATION By Mail

 

Deer Permits will have a windshield card and signature card. Place windshield card on dash on drivers side. Carry signature card as permit at all times.


 

2013-2014 Hunt Dates

HUNTS

DATES

Permits Required

Youth

 

 

Squirrel

October 5 -11

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Deer

November 9 - 15

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Turkey

March 8 - 14

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Small Game

 

 

Squirrel

October 12 – February 28
(Dogs Dec. 16-24 & Jan. 2 – Feb. 28)

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Rabbit

October 12 – February 28
(Dogs allowed beginning January 2)

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Quail

November 21 – March 2
(Dogs allowed)

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Woodcock

State Seasons

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Raccoon & Opossum

October 1 – February 28
(Dogs required at night)

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Deer
Mississippi Hill Zone

 

Archery

October 1 – November 22

$15.00 Deer Hunting Permit and a Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Gun

November 23 – December 1 and ..... December 26 – January 1

$15.00 Deer Hunting Permit and a Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Primitive Weapon

November 16 – 22 (antlerless only) and
December 2 – 15 (either sex)

$15.00 Deer Hunting Permit and a Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Waterfowl

Draw Hunt Only  (Wednesday and
Saturday mornings of state season)

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Turkey

March 15 – May 1

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Handicapped
See Special Regulations Secion of Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014  
Fishing

Lakes Opened March 1 through October 31

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 with your signature

Youth Hunts

No-Fee Permit Required: Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2012-2013 with your signature

Squirrel - October 5-11. State bag limits apply
Deer - November 9-15. State bag limits apply and any deer harvested must be checked-in.
Turkey - March 8-14. State bag limits apply and any turkey harvested must be checked-in.


Small Game

No-Fee Permit Required: Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2012-2013 with your signature

Squirrel: October 12 - February 28 (Dogs allowed December 16-24 and January 2 - February 28)
Rabbit: October 12 - February 28 (Dogs allowed beginning January 2)
Quail: November 21 - March 2 (Dogs allowed)
Woodcock: State season
Raccoon and Opossum: October 1 - February 28 (Dogs required at night)


2013-2014 CHANGES TO REFUGE HUNT APPLICATION PROCESS

HOW TO APPLY

DEER HUNT PERMIT

These permits will be issued beginning in September through our website at http://www.fws.gov/noxubee/ or at the Refuge Visitor Center. Permits may be purchased on line by credit card, entering an account withdrawal, or mailing a money order. Only one application per hunter. Permits are nontransferrable and all signature blocks must be signed and in possession at all times while hunting. All deer harvested are required to be checked at Refuge self-check stations the day harvested and before leaving the Refuge.

The Refuge deer limit is the same as the State limit and deer harvested on the Refuge count toward the State limit. Harvest restrictions are the same as State Hill Zone. If and when available, we will make special deer hunting blinds available for specified hunt dates and areas for mobility-impaired persons by General Special Use Application and Permit (FWS Form 3-1383-G). Mobility-impaired is defined as a permanent physical condition that severely impairs your mobility, which requires the assistance from a wheelchair, braces, crutches, or other similar aids of mobility. Applications must also provide a letter from a physician to verify the applicant’s physical condition that severely impairs their mobility without proper assistance. The level of impairment must be stated in a letter to verify the extent of the applicant’s condition. The physician’s letter must be on an official letterhead with the physician’s original signature. Contact the Refuge office for information.

Please see Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 Brochure for other restrictions.

WATERFOWL QUOTA HUNT PERMIT

Applications for the Waterfowl Quota Hunt will be available through our website at http://www.fws.gov/noxubee/. Permits may be purchased on line by credit card, entering an account withdrawal, or mailing a money order. Applications must be submitted by October 25. Only one application per hunter. Unsuccessful applicants’ deposits will NOT be returned. Successful applicants will be notified by email or mail. Successful applications will allow the permit holder and up to two companions to hunt until 12 noon on the specified hunt day.

A stand-by drawing will be held the morning of each hunt for all vacancies. Prior to the drawing, and similar to that stated above, all applicants for the stand-by slots will need to pay the non-refundable application fee the morning of the drawing by credit card or money order. All stand-by hunters must be present and application fee paid before 5:15 a.m. the morning of the hunt in order to participate in the drawing. Stand-by hunters who pay prior to arrival must provide receipt of payment prior to being including in the drawing. Available dates are each Wednesday and Saturday of the State waterfowl seasons, excluding Federal Holidays. The check station will be open at 4:30 a.m. the morning of each hunt. As a reminder, hunters should ensure they have nontoxic shot, a Federal waterfowl stamp, and all necessary Mississippi state licenses.

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee NWR Public Use, Hunting, & Fishing Regulations 2013-2014 Brochure Download HERE

 


No camping is permitted on the Refuge however here is a list of nearby campgrounds.


Quality Hunting Depends on You!

To view our hunting, fishing and public use regulation brochure click here for the text side, click here for the map side.

For State Regulations or Information: http://home.mdwfp.com/

For further information contact:

Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge
2970 Bluff Lake Road
Brooksville, Mississippi 39739

Telephone: (662)323-5548
Fax: (662)323-6390
Email: noxubee@fws.gov

 

Last updated: January 6, 2014