Visitor Activities

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Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge offers many different opportunities for outdoor recreation.  Whether you enjoy hunting, photography, or wildlife observation, the Refuge offers activities for every age and interest.

  • Hunting


    Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge offers excellent white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon hunting opportunities. The deer muzzleloader and deer archery hunts are among the most popular hunts in the State. The Refuge also now offers a limited draw hunt for youth waterfowl. ATV’s are prohibited on refuge roads and trails; however, all refuge roads are open to foot traffic except where otherwise posted. Consult the current brochure for details.  An Annual Public Use Permit is required for hunting.  To purchase a permit or apply for Limited Draw Hunts, please click here.

  • Wildlife Viewing

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    Visitors are encouraged to check out the two dedicated wildlife observation areas on the Refuge, although wildlife can certainly be observed from anywhere. 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.

  • Environmental Education & Interpretation


    Cultural resources abound on Yazoo NWR. Stop by and enjoy the view of the Swan Lake Indian Mound on Yazoo Refuge Road and view Native American artifacts at the Visitor Center.   Special environmental education events and presentations can be arranged by calling the Refuge at 662-839-2638 and speaking with staff. School groups, 4-H groups, scout troops and others are welcome to call and schedule a program tailored to your group’s specific needs.

  • Photography


    There are also many opportunities for wildlife photography on the Refuge.  Stop by and talk with Refuge staff to learn about what is offered. Many photographers use the main roads and Wildlife Drive to capture photographs of migratory and resident songbirds, waterfowl, and wading birds along with white-tailed deer, the threatened Louisiana black bear, and others.

  • Butterfly Garden

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    The butterfly garden on Yazoo NWR is a wonderful addition to the refuge and attracts visitors looking for opportunities to view butterflies and caterpillars. Visitors in the summertime can also usually see hummingbirds buzzing from flower to flower collecting nectar.