Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuge offers many different opportunities for outdoor recreation. Whether you enjoy hunting, fishing, photography, or wildlife observation, the refuge offers activities for every age and interest. Some of our most popular opportunities include:
Hunting is the most popular recreational activity on Morgan Brake NWR and is offered from October through April each year for deer, waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon. Hunters are also allowed to take feral hogs, raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, bobcat, and nutria according to refuge regulations.
Each person 16 years of age or older hunting at Morgan Brake NWR must possess a Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex Annual Public Use Permit. Permits ($15) are available for purchase online or may be obtained in person via check or money order at the following locations: Panther Swamp NWR, Yazoo City, MS and Yazoo NWR, Hollandale, MS. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 4 pm. Permits are valid August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2014. Mail-in requests for permits will not be accepted.
Fishing is permitted in refuge waters north of Providence Road throughout the year except closed during the muzzleloader deer hunt. Providence Ponds are closed one day prior to the beginning of waterfowl season through February 28. See information kiosk for creel limits at Providence Ponds. A wide variety of fish species exists in the streams and bayous, including largemouth bass, various bream, and crappie. Fish populations consist mostly of rough fish, which can withstand hot, murky water with low oxygen content, including long-nosed gar, buffalo, carp, bowfin, and catfish.
A complete summary of refuge regulations is available online. Each person 16 years of age or older fishing at Morgan Brake NWR must possess a Theodore Roosevelt NWR Complex Annual Public Use Permit. Permits ($15) are available for purchase online or may be obtained in person via check or money order at the following locations: Panther Swamp NWR, Yazoo City, MS and Yazoo NWR, Hollandale, MS. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 4 pm. Permits are valid August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2015. Mail-in requests for permits will not be accepted.
Wildlife Viewing & Photography
While most wildlife viewing and photography at Morgan Brake NWR is associated with hunters and anglers, the Refuge does provide opportunities for wildlife observation and photography. The waterfowl impoundments near the Refuge office provide opportunities to photograph wintering waterfowl, wading birds, and other resident and migratory species. Birders might also enjoy this opportunity.
Please remember that all visitors must comply with Refuge regulations. Pay attention to boundary signs to ensure you stay out of closed sanctuary areas and do not harass the wildlife. All commercial photography requires a special use permit, which may be acquired by contacting the Refuge office.
Your National Wildlife Refuges are open during daylight hours year-round!
In the summertime, temperatures can be extreme, so be sure to bring plenty of insect repellent, drinking water, appropriate footwear, and sunscreen. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit, especially during the summertime when temperatures are more moderate and wildlife is most active. Also be sure and watch out for snakes and other potentially hazardous wildlife species.