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Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciate of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.    

As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management.  For example, because their natural predators are gone, deer populations will often grow too large for the refuge habitat to support.    

Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the Refuge System. 

Hunters can seek deer in the wooded ravines, or search the grassy hillsides for upland game birds during open seasons. Deer hunting is available for archery hunters, rifle deer season in early November and muzzleloader season. All deer hunting requires State issued deer tags and specific unit or special hunt tags, such as youth and muzzleloader hunting. 

Hunting is also available for late season (after rifle deer season) pursuit of upland game birds until the end of the state established season, usually in early January. Cottontail rabbit and fox hunting also starts after rifle deer season and ends on March 31. The refuge is closed to coyote hunting. 

Brochures are available describing both hunting and fishing regulations and opportunities and these are available at refuge Headquarters and informational kiosks and though downloadable pdf’s on the Maps page.