Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge
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Hunting, Fishing & More ...

Ducks at Sunset. Credit: Michael A. Kelly, USFWS

Mallards takeoff. Credit: Michael A. Kelly, USFWS

Ducks at Sunset. Credit: Michael A. Kelly, USFWS

Ducks at Sunset. Credit: Michael A. Kelly, USFWS

Hunting: Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge offers excellent white-tail deer, squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon hunting opportunities. The deer muzzleloader and deer archery hunts are among the most popular hunts in the State. Because Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge was established to provide sanctuary for migratory waterfowl, the refuge is closed to duck hunting. ATV’s are prohibited on refuge roads and trails; however, all refuge roads are open to foot traffic except where posted. Consult the current brochure for details.

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Fishing: The refuge is closed to fishing due to high levels of pesticides such as DDT and Toxaphene which are found in fish, water and sediment samples taken on the refuge.

Hiking, bird watching, photography: In 2004, a Louisiana black bear moved onto the refuge. The bear has been spotted on several occasions in the soybean fields next to Highway 1 on the west side of the refuge. In October of 2004, he was radio-collared and has been tracked regularly. In May of 2005, another, larger male was radio-collared. There have also been sightings of a female with a cub.

Visitors are encouraged to GO WILD and check out the two new wildlife observation areas on the refuge. The Holt Collier Boardwalk and Observation Tower is a 0.25 mile boardwalk trail leading to an observation platform on Lizard Lake. You can stroll across the slough on the boardwalk and possibly view pied-billed grebes, moorhens, wading birds, wood ducks, and American alligators from the safety and comfort of the observation platform. At Alligator Pond, an open-sided observation tower provides excellent views of alligators, purple gallinules, moorhens, green herons and other wildlife.

The all-time-favorite for many visitors is the American alligator. A common resident of the refuge’s many sloughs, streams, lakes, and shallow ponds, alligators can often be seen on warm spring days basking on logs or banks, or floating motionless. Check out Holt Collier Horseshoe Pond, Alligator Pond, Lizard Lake, Deer Lake, and Alligator Alley for alligators.


Last updated: February 25, 2014