For management purposes, the lands within the Refuge have been divided into an open area and a restricted area. The restricted area contains 21,000 acres and is only open to public hunting by special permit. The open area contains 23,000 acres where public hunting is permitted in accordance with state hunting seasons.
Hunting for big game, upland game, furbearers, waterfowl and migratory birds is permitted. Special hunts are offered for youth, disabled and senior hunters. Contact the visitor center for more information on how to apply for special hunting permits; 618-997-3344 ext 1. To ensure your safety and enjoyment while hunting on the Refuge, please take the time to become familiar with the Refuge specific regulations.
ALL hunters are required to carry a signed Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge General Hunt Permit verifying that they have read and understand the refuge hunting regulations. To download or print the refuge hunting regulations and general hunt permit click here.