HUNTING ATTENTION-There is a new requirement for all Refuge hunters beginning September, 2015.
All hunters on the Refuge, whether participating in draw or open hunts, must obtain and sign a copy of the new Refuge Hunting Regulations Brochure and have it with them while hunting. There is no fee for the brochure but the brochure must be renewed yearly. The brochures are available…
-For download here
-From the Refuge office
-From the Refuge kiosk or
-From the Refuge facebook page
Hunting on the Refuge is allowed. Refuge rules and regulations vary from state regulations.Predominant species hunted are quail, turkey, and white-tailed deer. Squirrel and rabbits are hunted to a lesser extent. Waterfowl hunting is generally limited to small farm ponds, mine ponds, and the Marais des Cygnes River. However, during flood events, as much as 2,000 additional acres of flooded timber and old fields may become available for hunting.
"The application period for the "2016 Marais des Cygnes Fall Archery Deer Hunt" will be held around the July 15, 2016 approximately. The drawing will be conducted through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's website under "Special Hunts". http://kdwpt.state.ks.us/Hunting/Special-Hunts-InformationParticipating hunters who are 16 or younger must hunt under the immediate supervision of an adult 21 or older. The supervising adult may not hunt unless they received an access permit. Technical questions involving the application process or the website should be directed to the KDWPT contact on the special hunts page. You may call the Marais des Cygnes National Wildife Refuge for any regulation inquiries or questions about the hunt itself (913-352-8956).
Hunters must turn in their hunting surveys for harvest documentation after all "applicable" hunts (including: fall archery deer, Spring Turkey, January Antlerless) regardless of success.
2016 Hunting Survey available for download here.
For more information please contact refuge staff at 913-352-8956
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Sport hunting is permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the Kansas state hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.