Reelfoot NWR Calendar
- Waterfowl concentrations of up to 400,000 ducks and 150,000 geese
- Time to apply for the Reelfoot NWR Turkey Quota Hunt! Applications are accepted throughout the month of January
- Bald eagle population at its peak, over 200 on Reelfoot Lake area.
- Cold weather crappie fishing is going strong.
- Canada geese are still wintering in large numbers.
- Grassy Island unit open for fishing on February 1st.
- Free Eagle Tours
- Bald eagles begin northward migration by the 15th. Nesting osprey return from South America.
- The Long Point Unit and Lake Isom open to sport fishing on the 15th.
- Resident wood ducks return and start nesting activity. Large numbers of shovelers and blue-winged teal arrive on northward migration.
- Wild turkey are very visible on the Grassy Island unit.
- Spring turkey hunt.
- Spring wildflowers bloom at Reelfoot.
- Shorebirds and ducks are abundant in refuge moist soil units and temporary wetlands.
- Refuge quota turkey hunt
- Bluegill fishing is at its peek.
- Migratory Bird Day-Excellent time for bird watchers at Reelfoot. Up to 240 species have been documented. Songbirds are abundant, especially warblers. Mississippi kites can be observed.
- This is the month for frog listening, especially spring peepers and tree frogs, and seeing deer and wild turkey in the early morning and late evening.
- Winding Through the Wetlands canoe trip at Grassy Island
- Deer fawns become visible this month.
- Herons and egrets can be observed fishing in shallow water. Cormorants and occasionally anhingas are present.
- Emergent and floating aquatic vegetation is blooming.
- Annual youth fishing rodeo held at our maintenance shop pond in conjunction with National Fishing Week.
- Jr. Ranger Camp
- Summer Nature Programs
- The heat index rises to breath taking heights in Northwest Tennessee. Mosquitoes and deerflies swarm our bottomland forest.
- Summer Nature Programs
- Time to apply for the Reelfoot NWR Deer Quota Hunt! Applications will be accepted throughout the month of July
- Refuge squirrel season opens on the fourth Saturday of the month.
- Marsh hawks obserbved near refuge headquarters.
- Fall fishing for "stripes," crappie, and bass begins.
- Squirrel and archery deer hunts. Check out our online Public Use Regulations for specific hunting dates.
- Good hiking and canoeing weather.
- Large numbers of gadwall and American widgeon arriving. Eagle population begins to build.
- Raccoon season kicks off.
- Migration Celebration
- The three day quota deer gun hunt is held the first weekend in November.
- Grassy Island walking trail open with excellent wildlife obseravtion such as deer, turkey, waterfowl, and songbirds.
- Manangement Units closed to public entry on the 15th as to protect the migrating waterfowl from disturbance.
- Refuge quota deer gun hunt
- Migrating Bald Eagles begin showing up at Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge. Excellent opportunities to observe ducks, geese, and eagles on the Long Point unit, Kentucky Highway 1282.
- The local Audubon Spociety chapters conduct the annual Christmas Bird Count.