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ATTENTION-There is a new requirement for all Refuge hunters begins September, 2015. 

All hunters on the Refuge, whether participating in draw or open hunts, must obtain and sign a copy of the new Refuge Hunting Regulations Brochure and have it with them while hunting. There is no fee for the brochure but the brochure must be renewed yearly.  The brochures are available…

-For download here

-From the Refuge office 

-From the Refuge kiosk or 

-From the Refuge facebook page


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.

The 2016 Refuge Antlerless Deer Hunting applications are available here.


 "The application period for the 2016 Marais des Cygnes Archery Deer Hunt is open from mid-July to mid-August, 2016. The drawing will be conducted through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's website under "Special Hunts".

Seventy-five access permits will be issued during the 2016 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."



Reminder Hunters....

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

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2015
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