National Wildlife Refuge
|1562 Providence Road
Cruger, MS 38924
Phone Number: 662-235-4989
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|Hillside NWR - Common Snapping Turtle|
Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish is allowed year-round in certain areas of the refuge. Consult your hunting and fishing regulations brochures for details.
Except where posted, all refuge roads, dikes, and levees are open to foot traffic. Hillside NWR offers excellent white-tail deer, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon and waterfowl hunting opportunities.
Spend some time in a bottomland hardwood forest on Alligator Slough Nature Trail. This 0.6-mile disabled-accessible trail meanders through a bottomland hardwood forest with a bald cypress and water tupelo slough accessed from the South Levee Road. The trail provides excellent opportunities for bird watching, hiking, educational groups, and wildlife photography. Visitors are encouraged to go bird watching and to photograph the wildlife. The best time of the year for viewing wildlife is late fall through spring. The Alligator Slough Nature Trail is a wonderful field trip for environmental education and interpretation.
One can catch a glimpse of one or more of the approximately 200 species of neotropical migratory birds. The refuge is noted for large numbers of wintering waterfowl; numbers which have exceeded 125,000 birds. Mallards are the most numerous species with American wigeon, gadwall, northern shoveler, teal, scaup, ring-necked ducks and wood ducks being common. Golden eagles are occasionally seen, and bald eagles are regular winter visitors on the refuge.
The refuge lands are open from dawn to dusk.
Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex, composed of Hillside, Holt Collier, Mathews Brake, Morgan Brake, Panther Swamp, Theodore Roosevelt, and Yazoo National Wildlife Refuges, offers two types of user permits. Annual Public Use Permits are available to anyone 16 years of age or older wanting to fish or hunt waterfowl, small game, or deer (archery) on the Complex. This permit is $12.50 and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Permits are valid August 1 - July 31. Permits can be purchased at the headquarters office Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 4:00. To obtain this permit by mail send name, address, date of birth, and a $12.50 money order to USFWS, 728 Yazoo Refuge Road, Hollandale, MS 38748. Limited Draw Hunts such as youth gun deer, muzzleloader deer, senior citizen gun deer and turkey hunts on Panther Swamp and Yazoo NWR require a Limited Draw Permit which is assigned by random computer drawing. Applications are accepted mid-August to mid-September at the headquarters office. Successful applicants are notified by mail and must submit the $12.50 fee for each permit upon notification.
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