2012 Refuge Deer Hunt: October 29th - December 31st, 2012
To find information on our Pre-Registered Hunt Schedule download 2012 Deer Hunt Schedule (PDF file - 119KB).
If you would like to confirm if you have been drawn for the refuge deer hunt please click on <https://secure.kinsail.com/partners/permit_lookup.asp?p=snwr>.
If you have questions regarding the application web site, payment processes, or permit issuance, please email the Kinsail Corporation at email@example.com or call (703) 994-4194.
Attention 2012 Refuge Hunters who Need to Purchase an
The State of Michigan has changed the Deer Management Unit (DMU)
number for the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge this year. The State no
longer sells antlerless deer licenses for public lands DMU 173. The NEW
NUMBER is Public Lands DMU 273. Please make note of this when you go to
purchase your antlerless license at a licensing agent or online. The item code
is still 550. If you have further questions about antlerless hunts, please visit the Michigan DNR's website.
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, except the Cass River Unit
Hunting Area 2 (PDF file -
551 KB) or Aerial Photo with map 2 (PDF
file - 1.6 MB) - Area bordered by the northern boundary of the refuge, south to
the Shiawassee and Cass Rivers, plus Green Point Island
Hunting Area 3 (PDF file -
594 KB) or Aerial Photo with map 3 (PDF
file - 1.6 MB) - Entire refuge except for the area north of the Shiawassee and
Cass Rivers, and Green Point island
Hunting Area 4 - Merged into Hunting Area 3
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
2012 Scouting Dates Have Been Extended
This year's scouting dates were September 28-30, 2012, one day
longer than in the past. 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.
Refuge Goose Hunting: October 6th, 2012 - November 13th, 2012
Download: Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Goose Hunt Information and Regulations (PDF file -
18 Goose Hunting Blinds in 2012: 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.
Download the 2012 Goose Hunt Blind locations (PDF file - 198 KB).
Goose hunting dates on the refuge are October 6th, 2012 - November 13th, 2012. A
reserved hunt will be held opening weekend on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday,
October 7. 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 Tuesday, November 13th, 2012.
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
three (3) 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 check in by 1:00 p.m. whether successful or not. Daily bag
limit is two Canada geese per person per day.
2011 Refuge Goose Hunt Season Results: 259 hunters over 12 days
of hunting harvested 135 Canada geese. Overall hunter success rate was almost 26 percent. Download a copy of the 2011 Goose Hunt Summary(PDF file - 54 KB).
Visit the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources for information about State regulations,
licenses and more.
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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is a critical migration stopover site for waterfowl.