Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge Proposes Change to Fishing and Hunting Programs 2019

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Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s.  Today, more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting and more than 310 are open to sportfishing. Here in the midwest, national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas are a huge part of this tradition. We welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to experience fishing and hunting in amazing places. 

The Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s fishing and hunting programs and is seeking public comment on the change. The proposed change includes:

  • expanding hunting and fishing opportunities for white-tailed deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, and quail on an additional 884 acres of the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge and making administrative changes to methods of take for white-tailed deer in accordance with the refuge's 2012 Hunting Plan.


You are invited to review the categorical exclusion, note to file, and compatibility determination related to this change. The documents will be available until August 12, 2018 per the proposed rule posted in the Federal Register June 26,2019..

Categorical Exclusion and Note to file

Compatibility Determination

Draft documents are available from the refuge office at Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge. Alternatively, you can contact the refuge at 573-847-2333 or MiddleMississippiRiver@fws.gov. to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format