ove Hunting Opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas
JACKSON – Opening day of dove season is one of the most anticipated and popular hunting days of the year for many Mississippians. Dove season brings the first hunting opportunity of the fall as the long and hot Mississippi summer comes to a close. One goal of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is to provide quality outdoor recreation. Providing safe, high quality opportunities for dove hunters on our Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) is a key part of this goal. Many WMAs are open to dove hunting, but 16 of these areas have designated, prepared dove fields. These 16 WMAs include Black Prairie, Canal Section, Charles Ray Nix, Copiah County, Divide Section, Hell Creek, Howard Miller, Indianola, Leroy Percy, Mahannah, Malmaison, Muscadine Farms, Okatibbee, O’Keefe, Tuscumbia, and Yockanookany.
Wildlife managers work hard to prepare these fields for dove hunting. Plantings in these fields vary from area to area, but food sources on WMA dove fields often include mixtures of browntop millet, sunflowers, corn, and milo. These fields are intensively managed using selective herbicides, strip disking, and mowing, in addition to planted crops.
When hunting on WMAs, hunters can be confident that fields were prepared legally. Always be sure to read individual WMA regulations prior to hunting. Some areas have specific regulations that must be followed. All hunters, except those exempt from purchasing an annual hunting or fishing license, must purchase and carry a WMA User Permit and appropriate hunting license. WMA User Permits may be purchased wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Permits are valid for one year from date of purchase for all WMAs across the state. Additionally, visitors must complete a Daily Visitor Use Permit before entering the WMA. These permit cards are available at permit stations located at major entrances to the WMA. Visitors must return the Daily Visitor Use Permit before leaving the WMA.