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Thorny Cypress WMA

Site Directions:

Lat-Long: 36.057287, -89.572159, Parking/pull off on Yarbro Rd, just north of Hwy 104

Lat-Long: 36.097626, -89.559368, access road north through the WMA. 

Lat-Long: 36.091748, -89.54053, oxbow lake and old fields

Hours: daylight hours

Seasonality: year round, but note hunting seasons

Fees: none

Site Description: The WMA consists of you hardwood reforestation, which is currently more grassland-like (2013). Several shallow water ponds are managed for waterfowl.  This is a WMA and waterfowl hunting is allowed, please check on dates and times. 

An oxbox lake is found on the east side of the WMA on the unit north of I-155. Mature hardwood forest and edges are present in many areas.

Wildlife to Watch: Large numbers of waterfowl may be present in winter, including Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, and American Wigeon.

The grassland/shrubby areas may have LeConte’s Sparrow in winter, among the more common wintering sparrows, i.e. Fox, Swamp, Song, and Field.

White-crowned Sparrows may be in the brushier areas, while Loggerhead Shrikes are present year round.

Short-eared Owls may be present at dawn and dusk in the grassy areas and ditches.

Northern Harriers are present in winter, while Red-tailed Hawks are present year round. The fields and edges are birdy most of the year. 

NOTE:  Some areas are used for recreational purposes.  Please use these links before visiting the location.

Thorny Cypress WMA

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