February is an excellent time to get out and enjoy small game hunting, and O’Keefe WMA offers great opportunities for late season squirrel hunting. Located near Lambert, in Quitman County, O’Keefe WMA is 5,914 acres in size and is one of the largest remaining tracts of contiguous bottomland hardwood forest in the Mississippi Delta.

Squirrel hunting is done by stalking though the woods, sitting quietly and waiting for squirrels to come into range, or by using dogs to tree the squirrel. O’Keefe WMA offers excellent hunting access through several ATV and foot trails.

The daily bag limit is 8 squirrels per hunter per day, and the season closes February 28, 2013. Legal weapons for small game hunting are shotguns using #2 shot or smaller, rifles or handguns no larger than .22 rimfire (which includes .22 magnums), muzzleloading rifles .40 caliber or smaller, and archery equipment using points other than broadheads.

All persons using O’Keefe and other WMAs, except those exempt from purchasing an annual hunting or fishing license, must carry on their person a valid statewide WMA User Permit. This permit is required in addition to the daily visitor use permit, a valid hunting license, and may be purchased wherever licenses are sold.

For more information about small game hunting opportunities, and/or rules and regulations, please visit our website at mdwfp.com-wildlife-hunting.

Logo courtesy Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks

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