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Hunting

Crossing Ditch during Managed Deer Hunt

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge manages over 12,000 acres of public hunting area. Each year the refuge also host Special Managed (Muzzleloader) Deer Hunts on the western side of the refuge.  Consult refuge hunting brochure for specific rules and regulations for hunting on Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment for Feral Hog Control

    Feral Hog Research

    A 30-day comment period for Mingo National Wildlife Refuge’s Draft Amended Hunting Plan and Draft Environmental Assessment will begin on August 8, 2014. The draft documents are being revised and include proposed changes related to hunting opportunities on land owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Migratory game bird, big game, and upland game hunting are allowed on the refuge during the Missouri state seasons. The primary change being examined includes allowing hunters to harvest feral hogs incidental to hunting other legal game species and having a managed hunt for feral hogs if deemed necessary. Draft documents can be downloaded below:

    Draft Compatibility Determination

    Draft 2014 Feral Hog Control Environmental Assessment

    Draft Mingo 2014 Hunt Plan

    Public Comment Card
     

  • Raccoon Hunting

    Raccoon

    Raccoon hunts On Mingo National Wildlife Refuge will take place through a random draw process in which parties will be issued a free Special Use Permit that outlines their hunt area and hunt dates. A total of seven raccoon hunt periods will take place at Mingo during the statewide Furbearer Season of November 15, 2014 - January 31, 2015. To be considered for the random draw to raccoon hunt at Mingo, interested parties must fill out a Mingo Raccoon Hunt Application. The application can be downloaded by clicking the link below or can be picked up at the front desk of the Mingo Visitor Center. The applications must be received by close-of-business September 30, 2014. The random draw to select the parties will take place at the Mingo Visitor Center on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Applicants do not need to be present during the draw to be selected for one of the hunts.

    Applicants will be notified by letter regarding if their party was or was not selected for one of the hunt periods. The drawn parties will also receive information regarding their hunt date, area and regulations in their Special Use Permit packet. A limit of six hunters per party can apply and hunters can only apply with one group. The hunts will only take place at night (sunset to sunrise) during the designated dates on the drawn parties Special Use Permit. Drawn parties are limited to one dog per hunter and all dogs must have GPS collars.

    Mingo Raccoon Hunt Application
     

  • New Mingo Hunt Plan

    Turkey Strutting in Field

    Hunters will find expanded opportunities to hunt deer, upland game, and migratory game birds on Mingo National Wildlife Refuge starting for the 2014 season. The Refuge is expanding hunting opportunities as outlined in the approved Refuge Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment. Missouri hunting regulations will apply. Hunters also need to be aware that Refuge specific regulations apply including methods of take and huntable species. Not all of the Refuge is open to hunting. To learn more about the new Hunt Plan and the expanded hunting opportunities on Mingo Refuge, click on the links below:

    Hunt Plan Summary of Changes

    Refuge Hunt Area Map

    2014-2015 Mingo Hunting Brochure 

  • Managed (Muzzleloader) Deer Hunt

    Hunter in Deer Stand

    Muzzleloader Hunts are offered each year for deer hunters who have been selected through the State of Missouri managed draw system.  Hunters may apply for annual muzzleloader hunt by contacting the Missouri Department of Conservation by mid-summer each year.  General information is available to the public 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 (800) 829-2956 or go online and apply.

    MDC Managed Deer Hunt Website 

  • Youth Deer Hunt

    Scouting for Deer at Mingo

    A youth deer hunt is offered during the statewide youth deer weekend.  Youths (11-15) may apply for the hunt by accessing the interactive voice response telephone system between 4 a.m. and midnight using a touchtone phone at (800) 829-2956 or go online and apply.

    MDC Managed Deer Hunt Website 

  • Wheelchair Confined Deer Hunts

    Checking in Deer at Managed Hunt

    Five disabled access hunting blinds with the Special Managed (Muzzleloader) Hunt Area are set aside for hunters permanently confined to a wheelchair during the managed hunt weekends.  Disabled hunters can apply for these hunts by filling out the application below or by calling the refuge office (573-222-3589) to enter the random draw process.  Five disabled access hunting blinds are set aside for youth hunters (11-15) permanently confined to a wheelchair during the statewide youth deer weekend.  Disabled youth hunters can apply for these hunts by filling out the application below or by calling the refuge office (573-222-3589) to enter the random draw process.

    2014 Wheelchair Confined Hunt Application During Muzzleloader Hunt

    2014 Youth Wheelchair Confined Hunt Application 

  • Fall Deer and Turkey Season (Archery)

    Deer in Woods at Mingo

    Archery deer and turkey hunting are concurrent with the State season, except the area between Ditch 4 and 6, north of Ditch 11 and south of the Ozark Highland Auto Tour Road closes October 31. (Note: Hunt Area west of Ditch 4 is subject to closure during any overlapping Managed Hunts). During the State firearm season, archery hunting is allowed only with a firearm permit. Only one portable tree stand per hunter is permitted on the refuge from two weeks before until two weeks after the State archery deer season. In the area between Ditch 4 and 6, north of Ditch 11 and south of the Ozark Highland Auto Tour Road, hunters must remove stands daily. All stands must be clearly marked with owner’s name, address, and phone number. Incidental take of squirrels, raccoons, and bobcats is allowed during the state archery season by use of archery equipment concurrent with respective statewide seasons until the daily bag limit for that game species is taken. Feral hogs may be taken, by special use permit only, incidental to hunt with use of archery equipment until the daily bag limit of game is taken (contact refuge office for special use permit).
     

  • Fall Waterfowl Season (Firearm)

    Mallards in Pool 8

    Waterfowl hunting is available within Pool 8 and Pool 7 and is open concurrent with the State season, dependent on habitat conditions. Pool 7 hunts will be allowed only 3 days a week and will be determined prior to the start of the season. Hunters are required to go through a daily draw process at Duck Creek Conservation Area to hunt in Pool 8 and Pool 7. Authorized hunting hours for waterfowl are ½ hour before legal sunrise until 1 p.m. The use of hunting dogs is permitted for waterfowl hunting only, provided the dogs are under the immediate control of the hunter at all times. 

  • Spring and Summer Squirrel Season (Firearm)

    Squirrel

    Squirrel hunting is concurrent with the State season except that squirrel hunting closes the evening before the opening day of statewide archery season. Hunters may use a rifle chambered for rim-fire cartridges or shotgun. Shotgun hunters may only use and possess nontoxic shot on the refuge. 

  • Spring Turkey Season (Firearm)

    Turkey Strutting in Woods

    Spring turkey season is concurrent with the State season and does include the youth turkey season. Shotgun hunters may only use and possess nontoxic shot on the refuge.

Last Updated: Aug 08, 2014
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