Refuge Will Be Closed for Archery Hunt


The entire refuge will be closed to visitors during the mentored archery deer hunt on October 21 - 23, November 4 - 6, December 2 - 4, and December 9 - 11. Dates are subject to change based on COVID-19 developments and CDC guideline updates. Please email Garrett_White@fws.gov with any questions.

Hunting is safe and getting safer, thanks to hunter education programs. Hunter education is designed to produce safe, responsible, knowledgeable and involved participants. In order to provide a quality hunting experience, we are choosing to close the refuge to all visitors on hunting days to not only maximize safety for all involved but to provide for quality experiences for all involved.

For more information on the mentored archery deer hunt at John Heinz NWR, please visit here