The drawing process for duck hunts at six of eight Wildlife Management Areas that offer draw hunts will begin Monday (Oct. 31), the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks announced Thursday.
Applications will be accepted during five different drawings, with the first drawing being Oct. 31-Nov. 13 open to the Charlie Caps, Howard Miller, Indianola, Mahannah, Muscadine and Pearl River WMAs. The Pearl River hunt will be youth only.
Trim Cane and Tuscumbia WMAs will be added to later draws, which will open the day after the previous draw period concludes.
The first drawing will only be for hunting days during the first two weeks of the season.
Other draw periods include:
Period 2: Nov. 14 – Nov. 27.
Period 3: Nov. 28 – Dec. 11.
Period 4: Dec. 12 – Dec. 25.
Period 5: Dec. 26 – Jan. 8.
Each draw period will precede the actual hunting dates established for each draw by two weeks.
Hunters must be 16 years of age or older to apply, and they may apply for hunts in each hunt period on as many WMAs as they wish but may submit only one application per WMA per application period. Only successful applicants will be notified by email.
The process is by online submission only, and the MDWFP uses a computer algorithm that gives preference to hunters that have not been selected for a hunt on a particular WMA in the past.
Hunting party size will be limited to either three or four hunters, depending on the WMA.
Stand-by opportunities exist at some of the draw-only WMAs. To learn more about the process and other opportunities, including what dates are available at all the listed WMAs, visit mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting/waterfowl-program.aspx.