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Mathews Brake
National Wildlife Refuge

1562 Providence Road
Cruger, MS   38924
E-mail: yazoo@fws.gov
Phone Number: 662-235-4989
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish is allowed year-round in certain areas of the refuge. Please click the Learn More link below for the Hunting and Fishing Regulations Guide.

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Mathews Brake National Wildlife Refuge offers excellent white-tail deer, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon and waterfowl hunting opportunities. Please click the Learn More link below for the Hunting and Fishing Regulations Guide.

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Wildlife Observation
Visitors are encouraged to Go Wild and visit the refuge to see and photograph wildlife. From late fall to spring, one can catch a glimpse of one or more of the approximately 200 species of migratory birds. During winter look for golden eagles and bald eagles. In early morning and late evening one can enjoy views of white-tail deer, gray and fox squirrels, swamp rabbit and a variety of small fur-bearers. Don't miss the all-time-favorite, the American alligator, a long-time resident of the sloughs, streams, and shallow ponds.

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 $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. For more information please click the Learn More link under Hunting above.
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