Conservation Public Lands & Waters

Public Land: Hunting and Fishing in Mississippi

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Less than 6 percent of Mississippi is publicly owned but there are still good options for access to southern-style hunting and fishing. Mississippi has some 1.6 million acres of public land.

Delta National Forest
• 60,000 acres
• Deer, turkey and small-game hunting
• Abundant fishing options including bass and bream on lakes and sloughs

St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge
• 24,442 acres
• Good fishing for bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish
• Abundant waterfowl hunting opportunities

Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge
• 4,083 acres
• Excellent oxbow and flooded timber waterfowl hunting
• Boat launch available for fishing, permits required

Holly Springs National Forest
• 155,000 acres
• Good deer and turkey hunting
• Fishing on Chewalla Lake

Homochitto National Forest
• More than 191,000 acres
• Open to deer hunting with dogs (permit required)
• Good turkey and small-game hunting

More Links
GIS Mapping Program
State Lakes

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: St. Catherine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Photo credit: flickr