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2014 Refuge Deer Hunt: September 20th - January 1st, 2015

To find information on our Pre-Registered Hunt Schedule download 2014 Deer Hunt Schedule (PDF file - 303KB).


**Note: September 20-21st, 2014 is reserved for our Youth Hunt (Ages 12-16 Mentored Hunt). Youth's parent/guardian must be listed as partner. Youth Hunter must be 12-16 years of age and must also have their Hunter Safety Certificate.  Mentor assignment is optional.      

To Register for the 2014 Shiawassee NWR Deer Hunt or complete your Hunter Survey please click on

For all questions or complications related to the survey contact Kinsail Corporation at or call (703) 994-4194.

For deer related questions call our Hunter Message Center at (989) 777-5930 pressing 13 after the prompt.


Find out more information about the hunt by downloading the 2014 Deer Hunt Information Sheet (PDF file- 368KB) or the 2014 Deer Hunt Regulations (PDF file- 80KB).

2013 Refuge Deer Hunt Season Results: 469 permits issued across 14 hunt periods which resulted in a total harvest of 93. Overall hunter success rate was 20 percent. For the full report download a copy of the 2013 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report (PDF file - 301 KB). 


Attention 2014 Refuge Hunters who Need to Purchase an Antlerless License

The State of Michigan has changed the Deer Management Unit (DMU) number for the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge (2014 is the 1st year for this Code). The State no longer sells antlerless deer licenses for public lands DMU 273. The NEW NUMBER is Public Lands DMU 156.

This year, ALL antlerless license's can ONLY be purchased at DNR (Department of Natural Resources) offices.  You will have to use Code 156 to purchase these tags.   You will also be required to show proof that you have a permit to hunt at SNWR.  

Tags are set to be made available on Monday, September 15th, 2014.  Remember to bring your permit.

For a list of all Michigan DNR offices visit:,4570,7-153-10370-32867--,00.html

If you have further questions about antlerless hunts, please visit the Michigan DNR's website

Vehicle Permit

Lastly, there has been confusion about Vehicle Permits. Once you make a extra copy of your hunting permit that may be used in your vehicle or boat to serve as your Vehicle Permit

Tittabawassee River Floodplain Wild Game Consumption Advisory - For more information please read the Michigan Department of Community Health's Eat Safe Wild Game leaflet. 

Deer Hunting Area Maps  

Click on the following maps to view them.

Hunting Area 1 (PDF file - 568 KB) or Aerial Photo with Map 1 (PDF file - 1.6 MB) - The entire refuge (including the Cass River Unit)

Hunting Area 5 (PDF file - 568 KB) or Aerial Photo with map 5 (PDF file - 1.6 MB) - The Cass River Unit in Bridgeport Township 

2014 3-Day Scouting Period   

This year's scouting dates are September 26-28, 2014.  During this 3-day weekend, the entire refuge is open to hiking, bicycling and deer scouting during daylight hours only. Please note that there are no other opportunities for you to scout for deer. You are welcome to use the refuge's trails or the Wildlife Drive (when it's open). Please note that you must stay on the designated trails and route on any day outside of Open House Weekend.  

2013 Refuge Goose Hunting: October 12th, 2013 - November 14th, 2013  

Download: Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Goose Hunt Information and Regulations (PDF file - 434 KB).

18 Goose Hunting Blinds in 2013: Please note that there will be 18 goose hunting blinds available on the refuge. Agricultural lands, where some of the goose blinds were located in the past, have been taken out of production and have been or are now being converted back to wetlands. To reduce clutter and provide more opportunities for quality hunting we have modified our hunting areas and now opened spaces along a designated stretch on the Shiawassee River. 

Look For:


  • 4 river hunting zones will be available on the Shiawassee River for the 2013 goose hunting season. Hunters will need a boat to access these blinds. See 2013 Goose Hunt Map River Zones (PDF file - 1.05MB) for river zone locations.
  • 13 dry land hunting zones and 1 shallowly flooded zones will be available for hunting See Goose Hunting Zones 6 to 9 (PDF file - 1.37 MB) and Goose Hunting Zones 10 to 18 (PDF file - 1.24MB) for other maps.


Goose hunting dates on the refuge are October 12th, 2013 - November 14th, 2013. A reserved hunt will be held opening weekend on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. There MAY be room for stand-by hunters the first weekend, but with fewer blinds this year, there's no guarantee. Thereafter, hunting takes place only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of the season. The last day of goose hunting is Thursday, November 14th, 2013.  

A lottery drawing is held each morning of the hunt at 5:30 a.m. at the refuge headquarters.  Doors open at 5:00 a.m. for registration. Up to four (4) people per blind. There is a $4.00 fee per person; those individuals who meet the age requirements (age 62 or older) and possess an "Interagency Senior Pass" (cost is $10) receive a 50 percent discount. All State waterfowl regulations and refuge regulations apply. Hunters are required to stop shooting at 12:00 noon and drop off survey card(in goose hunt drop box) by 1:00 p.m. whether successful or not. Daily bag limit is two Canada geese per person per day.

2012 Refuge Goose Hunt Season Results: 232 hunters over 23 days of hunting harvested 69 Canada geese. Overall hunter success rate was 15 percent. Download a copy of the 2012 Goose Hunt Summary(PDF file - 87 KB).

State Information 

Visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for information about State regulations, licenses and more.


2013-2014 Trapping Season 

Furbearer trapping on Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is an important management tool in meeting refuge goals and objectives. Wetland habitats, dike maintenance, and migratory bird management are influenced by furbearer management.

A sealed-bid application system will be used to issue trapping permits. The primary targets of the trapping program are muskrat and raccoon, but other species can be taken pursuant to State of Michigan Trapping laws. River otter and coyote cannot be trapped legally on Shiawassee NWR.

A minimum bid of $200 is required per unit, payment will be made only if successful. To adjust to the previous (Oct. 11th) date a sealed bid including “The application for a “Refuge Fur Trapping Permit” (last page of this packet), is due in the refuge office by 1:00 P.M., Wednesday October 23, 2013. A public opening of the bids will be held at 1:05 P.M. on the same day. Winning bid must be paid in full by 1:00P.M. Wednesday October 30, 2013 (hunters may use the previous packet).

Click on 2013-2014 Trapping Proposal Package to download (PDF file-  780KB) a copy.

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014
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