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. Hunting Access Permits for all DeSoto and Boyer Chute NWR's are being revised and will be available soon.
In addition to state and refuge hunting permits, all hunters are required to possess a valid entrance pass.
2015 Spring Turkey Hunts
Click HERE for 2015 Spring Turkey Hunting News Release
Public Archery Hunt
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will be open to public archery turkey hunting from April 18th through May 17th. A Refuge Hunting Permit is required and can be obtained free of charge at the DeSoto Visitor Center, which is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
2015 Spring Archery Turkey Permit, Regulations and Map.
Youth Shotgun Hunt
The refuge will hold two youth shotgun turkey hunts on April 11-12th and April 18-19th. Interested youth hunters may apply for the hunt by sending in their name address and telephone number. We also need the name and cell phone number of the person who will be bringing the youth hunting. Applications should be sent to DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555. A random drawing for the limited slots will be done on March 2nd. All applications must be received by that time.
Mobility Impaired Shotgun Hunt
A shotgun hunt for mobility impaired hunters will be held on April 18-19th. Interested mobility impaired hunters can find out more about the hunt by calling Mindy Sheets at 712-388-4802.
2015 Fall/Winter Deer Hunts
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge:
Archery Deer Hunt - October 1 - January 10
Muzzleloader (Antlerless Only) - October 24, 25 and December 19, 20
Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge:
Muzzleloader (Anterless Only) - December 12-20