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National Wildlife Refuge

728 Yazoo Refuge Road
Hollandale, MS   38748
E-mail: yazoo@fws.gov
Phone Number: 662-839-2638
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Yazoo NWR - Cypress Stand
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

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.

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 (click the Learn More link below) for details.

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Wildlife Observation
In 2004, a Louisiana black bear moved onto the refuge. The bear had been spotted on several occasions and has since been radio collared and his location is periodically monitored. There have also been sightings of three other black bears on the refuge - a large male and a mother and cub. Come visit Yazoo NWR and maybe you, too, can get a rare glimpse of the endangered Louisiana black bear!

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The Refuge Headquarters Building is open 7:30am to 4:00pm, Monday - Friday. The refuge is open to visitors daily 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 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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