Warm weather, blooming dogwoods and brilliant varieties of azaleas usher in springtime in Mississippi, when the woods come alive with the sounds of more than 250,000 eastern wild turkeys. The spring 2018 turkey hunting season in Mississippi runs through May 1, and ample hunting opportunities await. Here’s how to get on a hunt this spring.
Where to Hunt
With 54 wildlife management areas available for public hunting in Mississippi, hunters can explore more than 1,000 square miles of forested hills, open prairie and hardwood bottomland in pursuit of the state’s top gobblers.
Private hunting clubs throughout the state allow hunters to pursue turkeys in even more secluded settings. McKenna Outfitters in Pachuta, Circle M Plantation in Macon, Magnolia Outdoors in Magnolia, Keel Kreek Outfitters in Pontotoc and Fitch Farms near Holly Springs provide guided turkey hunting opportunities of all styles, plus other amenities.
The legacy of turkey hunting runs deep in Mississippi, inspiring hunting and sports outfitters such as Mossy Oak and Primos to grow their homegrown hunting-gear and turkey-call businesses into enormous successes used by hunters everywhere. Scores of custom turkey call makers across the state—such as Magnolia Calls and Pittman Game Calls—offer specialized takes on hen and gobbler calls of all varieties.
Where to Stay
Nearby many of Mississippi’s wildlife management areas are 25 state parks featuring cabins, lodges and primitive camping to suit hunters’ needs. Take the opportunity to visit our cities and small towns along the way—you’ll find the best of Mississippi cuisine, entertainment and comfortable lodgings after a day on the hunt.
When You Go
Make sure to check with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks for season details and limits and get licensed before you go into the woods.