Hunting opportunities at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge are available on a regulated basis. Deer and wild turkey hunts are available yearly. All hunting occurs at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge within the state seasons, follows the regulations of the state and special DeSoto NWR regulations.
ARCHERY TURKEY HUNTING: DeSoto Refuge will be open to public archery turkey hunting from April 15th through May 19th. A refuge Archery Turkey Hunting Access Permit is required and can be obtained free of charge at the DeSoto Visitor Center, which is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The permit includes a map showing the areas that archers can hunt. All hunters must be properly licensed, follow all applicable state and federal regulations and carry the refuge access permit while hunting.
Click here to download the 2013 Archery Turkey Hunting Access Permit and Regulations
Archery Area Hunt Map
YOUTH TURKEY HUNTING: The refuge will hold two youth shotgun turkey hunts on April 13-14th and May 18-19th. Interested youth hunters may apply for the hunt by sending in their name address and telephone number. Applications should be sent to DeSoto Refuge, 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org A random drawing for the limited slots will be done on March 4th. All applications must be received by that time.
A shotgun hunt for mobility impaired hunters will be held on May 18-19th. Interested mobility impaired hunters can find out more about the hunt by calling Mindy Sheets at 712-388-4802.
There will only be one antlerless muzzleloader hunt this upcoming fall and winter. The anterless deer hunt is October 19-20, 2013.