Predominant species hunted at Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge are quail, turkey, and white-tailed deer. Squirrel and rabbits are hunted to a lesser extent. Waterfowl hunting is generally limited to small farm ponds, mine ponds, and the Marais des Cygnes River. However, during flood events, as much as 2,000 additional acres of flooded timber and old fields may become available for hunting.
Deer and spring turkey hunting are open only to those possessing a valid Refuge Access Permit. These permits are limited in number and are distributed through an application and drawing process. To apply, call or write the office any day in February for Spring Turkey, August for Archery Deer, and November for Anterless Deer. State your request to apply for a permit and provide your name, address, and phone number. You may leave this information on the phone answering machine if you clearly spell your name and address. You may also provide the names/addresses for other hunting partners.
A drawing will be conducted the first week after the application period closes. All applicants will be notified in writing as to whether or not they were selected for a permit. Hunting permits are valid throughout the respective hunting season. Permits may not be transferred or used by anyone other than the person on the permit.
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