As part of National Wildlife Refuge Week, enjoy a guided paddle ride down the Mingo River. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center located just off Hwy 51 about one mile north of Puxico. Participants will canoe the Mingo River from 8:30 a.m. to noon. A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be available for use for the paddle ride. Participants are welcome to bring their own canoe, kayak, paddles and life jacket if they desire to open room up for more participants. Pre-registration is required by calling 573-222-3589.
During the youth deer hunt weekend, the refuge will have a partial refuge closure. The youth deer hunt is offered during the statewide youth deer weekend. Youths (11-15) may apply for the hunt by contacting the Missouri Department of Conservation by mid-summer each year. General information is available to the public by visiting the state website at http://www.mdc.mo.gov/. To apply directly for a hunt, access the interactive voice response telephone system between 4 a.m. and midnight using a touchtone phone at 1-800-829-2956 or go on-line to www.missouriconservation.org/hunt/deer. All hunters during the hunt must be licensed and abide by all applicable federal and state regulations.
The Healing Outside of a Hospital Hunt (HOOAH) is an annual deer hunt that is put on by the staff and volunteers of Mingo. The Hunt is geared towards providing wounded servicemen with an opportunity to enjoy a two day hunt on Mingo National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge brings in five wounded servicemen from Fort Campbell, KY to participate in the hunt. During the two day hunt, the refuge will be partially closed to all other public access west of the Swamp Boardwalk. The Swamp Boardwalk, Red Mill Drive and the Public Hunt Area will remain open during these hunt dates.
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