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Hunters and anglers age 16 years or older are required to purchase and possess a North Mississippi Refuge Complex Hunting/Fishing Permit (#606). Youth age 15 and younger and age 65 and older are not required to obtain a 606 permit. All hunters and anglers under 16 years of age must be in the presence and under the direct supervision of a licensed or exempt hunter at least 21 years of age.

A North Mississippi Refuges Complex Hunting and Fishing Permit (license code 606) can be purchased from any state license vendor or from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks website at http://www.mdwfp.com/license/hunting-license.aspx. The permit is good one year from the date of purchase.

The refuge allows small game hunting, deer hunting, waterfowl hunting, and turkey hunting within the state seasons, with certain limitations and regulations.  

All hunters are required to complete a Harvest Report (FWS form 3-2542) card and display it on the dash of the vehicle so that the name is legible and clearly visible from the outside. Cards are available at any of the check station kiosks (see map for locations). Prior to leaving the Refuge, the card must be completed and deposited at a Refuge Check Station kiosk. Any species not listed on the card should be reported in the “Other” section. Indicate “0” harvested if no game was harvested. Incorrect information reported on Harvest Report cards or failure to return the card after hunting could result in a Violation Notice and or a seizure and/or forfeiture of harvested game. A hunter cannot possess more than one Harvest Report card at a time.

The Refuge Public Use Regulation brochure is free of charge and you can obtain a copy at the refuge office, kiosks, check stations, or download it HERE.  

Hunting Opportunities at the refuge

Hunts

Dates

Small Game

 

Youth Squirrel

State Season

Squirrel

State Season

Rabbit

State Season

Raccoon

State Season - night time hunting only, dogs required

Opossum

State Season - night time hunting only, dogs required

Turkey

  

Youth Turkey

State Season

Spring Season

State Season

Deer

East Central Zone

Youth Deer

November6-19,2021

January1-9,2022(either sex)

Archery

October 1, 2021-January 31, 2022(either sex)

Gun

November20-December1,2021

December16-31,2021   (either sex) 

Primitive Weapon

December 2-15,2021    (either sex)

Migratory Game Birds

 

Crow

State Season

Quail

State Season

Woodcock

State Season

Snipe

State Season

Waterfowl

Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon during the state waterfowl season.

Hunting allowed in all open hunt areas (for waterfowl)-Includes ducks, teal, light and dark geese, mergansers and

gallinules(bothcommonandpurple).

Youth/Veterans/Active Military

February5

Hunting allowed in all open hunt areas(for waterfowl).