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.
DeSoto will be open to public archery turkey hunting from April 14th through May 18th. A refuge Archery Turkey Hunting Access Permit is required and can be printed from the link below or obtained free of charge at the DeSoto Visitor Center, which is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Click for Spring Turkey Hunting Permit and Regulations
Youth shotgun turkey hunts: April 12-13th and May 17-18th.
Interested youth hunters may apply for the hunt by submitting their name address and telephone number. Applications should be sent to DeSoto Refuge, 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555. A random drawing for the limited slots will be done on March 3rd. All applications must be received by that time.
A shotgun hunt for mobility impaired hunters will be held on May 17-18th. Interested mobility impaired hunters can find out more about the hunt by calling Mindy Sheets at 712-388-4802.
2014 Public Hunting Opportunities Brochure