In cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks, Panther Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is suspending its turkey hunting season due to high water levels and backwater flooding conditions.
Flood conditions have impacted local wildlife populations, threaten infrastructure, and risk public safety. Turkey hunting season closure goes into effect on April 15, 2021 and will remain in effect for the remainder of the season.
Panther Swamp NWR has placed signage and barricades on the Refuge to promote public safety and protect natural resources. Visitors are required to adhere to all signs and notifications as they may indicate impassable areas or areas of safety concern. Some areas such as East and West Levee Roads remain open. Fishing and harvesting frogs are also allowed during this period, but anglers should use extreme caution due to high water levels.
More information about Panther Swamp NWR can be found at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/panther_swamp and on https://www.facebook.com/TRComplex?ref=hl.