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 www.shiawasseepermits.com.
For all questions or complications related to the survey contact Kinsail Corporation at email@example.com 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
Attention 2014 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 (2014 will be the 3rd year under this change). 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 (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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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