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Turkey Hunt at Big Oaks

April 22, 2017Wild Tom

The refuge Youth Turkey Hunt event starts on April 22nd (optional workshop at Noon at the refuge office) and the actual hunt is on April 23rd.  To apply the youth needs to send us a post card by 1 April with their name and address to: Big Oaks NWR, 1661 West JPG Niblo Rd, Madison, IN 47250 ATTN: Youth Hunt.  The regular turkey hunt dates are April 26-28, April 29-May 1,  May 6-7, and May 13-14. The refuge now requires non-toxic shot for turkey hunting.

There are 3 avenues to hunt at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.  The first is to enter state-drawn hunts, and these applications are available through the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife website (deadline is on March 19th). The second method is local lottery refuge hunts held on May 6-7 and May 13-14; area reservations and drawings for these local lottery hunts are held at 4:30 PM the Friday before the hunt at the refuge office.  The third is on every hunt day a no-show drawing is held at 6:30 AM to fill available slots.  The refuge can accommodate 210 turkey hunters per day; the refuge typically has lots of open slots for turkey hunters--we do not fill up! Check here for harvest rates for turkeys by Hunt Area. Click here to see refuge map and location of hunt areas.  Topographic maps are located here.

You can participate in multiple hunts if chosen as a partner in addition to being selected in any drawing. There is no limit on how many times you can participate as a partner.  You may not exceed the yearly bag limit in Indiana of one (1) wild turkey.  Big Oaks NWR does not sell turkey licenses. The buddy system is required. Do not show up by yourself.  You are responsible for knowing and abiding by all refuge and state regulations.  The refuge now requires non-toxic shot for turkey hunting. You must return to the refuge office by 2:00 PM. 
On your hunt date, please arrive at the refuge office on or before 5:30 AM. If not previously attended during the year, a mandatory safety briefing will be provided.  A $ 20 Refuge Hunt Permit ($10.00 for holders of Senior Passports or Access Passports) is required for hunting. Fees are waived for those 15 or under.  A Refuge Hunt Permit can also be used for deer and squirrel hunting.   During the turkey hunting season, the safety video will be shown at 7:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 3:00 PM on public use days (beginning on April 21st on Mondays, Fridays, and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, excluding Federal Holidays) and the day of a refuge turkey hunt at 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM and 12:00 PM. All visitors must sign an acknowledgment of danger form and attend a safety briefing once per year. 

Last Updated: Mar 06, 2017
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