New Waterfowl Draw Hunt System on Wildlife Management Areas in Mississippi

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The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) has made some changes to its waterfowl draw hunt system for the 2011-12 season on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) across the state. Ed Penny, MWDFP Wildlife Bureau Director, explained, “Since waterfowl draw hunts began in 2002, we have noticed a trend that hunters who were drawn prior to the season were not showing up to fill their hunting permit. As a result, some aspects of the draw system were changed to increase the number of drawn hunters and to increase the number of reservation holders that participate in their permitted hunt.”

The following changes will be implemented during the 2011-12 waterfowl hunting season:

  1. Applications for waterfowl draw hunts are only available online at
  2. Each WMA with waterfowl draw hunts will have five separate draw periods throughout the hunting season. The first draw period, which covers the first two weeks of the season, will be open from October 1st to November 6th. There will be approximately two weeks from the closing date of an application period until the first hunt day included in that period.
  3. There is $5 non-refundable application fee for each draw period; only the person listed on the draw application will be charged the fee.
  4. Hunters are no longer limited to applying to only three WMAs.
  5. All permitted hunts will be for one day.
  6. Stand-by hunting opportunities will still be available on WMAs that have allowed them in the past. Hunters choosing to show up on stand-by will not be charged the application fee.

For more details on WMA waterfowl draw hunt changes, visit us online at or call 601-432-2199.


Retired2hunt's picture

  Actually appears to be a


Actually appears to be a fairly good program as this is only for the Wildlife Management Areas that the state Manages.  All other property within the state that would be used for waterfowl hunting only requires the necessary hunting license as well as the appropriate stamp fee involved. 

I like how they have allowed a hunter "stand-by" process at some of the WMA's.  You are taking a chance at showing up as to whether you will be able to get in and hunt a blind but it offers the option.  I don't understand why it is not used at all of their WMA's.  The lifting of having a limit on the number of WMA's a hunter can hunt on is also a great update to their program.

I like it as it beats having to fight a crowd on any given day in order to use the WMA's hunt blind area.  Most of my waterfowl hunting has been on private land and I have not used this public type of process.


numbnutz's picture

I'm a little confused on why

I'm a little confused on why here is a need for a draw system for waterfowl hunting. But it sounds like they are making chances to make the system work better. I would be mad if I didn't draw only to find out some of the lucky hunters didn't show up to hunt. I know in some state where hunt are draw only anti hunter will buy licences and apply for these hunts and draw the tags only to not go hunting for obvious reason so it's there way of protecting the animals. That is one of the down sides to the limited quota draws. I wonder if something like that is going on down there. I really like how now they're breaking up the seasons to give better access and hopefully get a better turn out.