HUNTING Hunting on the Refuge is allowed. Refuge rules and regulations vary from state regulations.Predominant species hunted 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. Contact the Refuge office for information on how to apply for a permit.
Spring Hunting is underway. Please note that during this time refuge staff has conducted and will conduct more prescription burning for the health of the tallgrass prairie and bottomland hardwood ecosystems. Please see the map for the locations of the burn operations.
"The application period for the Marais des Cygnes archery deer hunt is open from July 12-August 11, 2015. The drawing will be conducted through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's website under "Special Hunts". http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/Hunting/Special-Hunts-InformationSeventy-five access permits will be issued during the archery deer season. Participating hunters who are 16 or younger must hunt under the immediate supervision of an adult 21 or older. The supervising adult may not hunt unless they received an access permit. Technical questions involving the application process or the website should be directed to the KDWPT contact on the special hunts page. You may call the Marais des Cygnes National Wildife Refuge for any regulation inquiries or questions about the hunt itself (913-352-8956).*Note: This hunt encompasses the entire Kansas archery deer season (September 15-December 31), however you must meet the deadline (August 11) and apply for the September/October hunt period in order to be entered into this drawing."
Hunters must turn in their hunting surveys for harvest documentation after all hunts regardless of success.
2015 Hunting Survey available for download here.
For more information please contact refuge staff at 913-352-8956
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Sport hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the Kansas state hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.