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Panther Swamp
National Wildlife Refuge

12595 MS HWY 149
Yazoo City, MS   39194
E-mail: yazoo@fws.gov
Phone Number: 662-836-3004 office
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish is good with most refuge waters open year-round. Information about regulations can be found in the Complex Hunting and Fishing Regulations (please click the Learn More link below).

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Fall ushers in annual hunts with seasons for squirrel, rabbit, deer, raccoon, duck, and bobwhite quail. Sunny spring days and red maple blossoms signal the start of turkey season. Current seasons and regulations are available in the Complex Hunting and Fishing Regulations.

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Wildlife Observation
If one wants to see birds, Panther Swamp is the place to be! Visitors can expect to see a variety of both migrating and resident wildlife in their natural settings on the refuge. Neotropical songbirds migrate through the refuge seasonally, and waterfowl are most abundant during the winter months. Everyone's favorite, the American alligator, can be seen basking on logs and banks during warm spring days, and floating motionless in water during the hot summer months. Whitetail deer, turkey, and numerous small mammals spend their lives on the refuge year-round and are easily viewed from car, boat, or on foot.

Refuge lands are open from dawn to dusk.

Use Fees
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 $15.00 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 $15.00 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 $15.00 fee for each permit upon notification. To apply for your permit, please visit: http://secure.kinsail.com/results.asp?p=trnwr&pt=fws&ItemName=Permit
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