A draft Hunting Plan
and Environmental Assessment for Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in
Sumner, MO is available for public review on October 5, 2012. The comment period will extend until November
Assessment provides an environmental analysis and cumulative impacts of three
alternatives for the hunting program at Swan Lake NWR. These include: 1. No Action Alternative, 2. Limited
Expansion of Hunting Opportunities, and 3. Significant Expansion of Hunting
Opportunities. The preferred alternative
of the Environmental Assessment will be Alternative 2 which is further
developed in the Hunting Plan.
Click Here to view the Environmental Assessment.
The Hunting Plan will
open some areas of the Refuge to waterfowl hunting, add a managed archery deer
hunt, open a unit of the Refuge to squirrel hunting, and a small 40 acre parcel
of the Refuge that is adjacent to the Yellow Creek Conservation Area will be
open to statewide regulations with the exception of deer firearms hunting. Swan Lake also manages outlying units, which
are located in Chariton County, Bates County, Henry County, Cedar County, and
St. Claire County. These outlying units
will be open to hunting in accordance with state regulations.
Click Here to view the Hunting Plan.
If you have any
questions feel free to contact Refuge Manager Steve Whitson at (660) 856-3323
ext 13. Comments must be received by
close of business on November 5, 2012 and can be dropped off at the Refuge
Visitor Center. You may also mail them to the following addresses:
Swan Lake NWR
Attn: Hunting Plan Comments
16194 Swan Lake Ave.
Sumner, MO 64681
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Mallards are one species of waterfowl that can be seen at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge.