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Visitor Activities

  • Hunting


    Hunting is a wildlife management tool used to control some animal populations and is also a Congressionally mandated priority public use. Hunters must obtain a refuge permit for each hunting season, as well as all applicable state licenses and permits.  Public hunting is permitted on 154 acres during specific times of the year using archery equipment only.

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  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife Observation

    The refuge offers outstanding opportunities to observe (by eye and ear) a great variety of grassland birds. Upland sandpipers, bobolink, eastern meadowlarks and savannah sparrows may be found during the breeding season. Short-eared owls, rough-legged hawks, northern harriers and horned larks are frequent visitors during the wintering months. Two observation blinds are located along the trail to facilitate wildlife viewing.

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  • Interpretation

    Interpretation Kiosk

    Information on the refuge and its resources is available at the trailhead kiosk and on the website.

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  • Photography


    The refuge is a very popular destination for wildlife photographers, particularly those seeking to capture wintering raptors, meadowlarks or bobolinks and their photogenic displays. Photographers are welcome to use any of the refuge’s maintained trails and blinds. Off-trail travel is prohibited.

Page Photo Credits — Deer in a field - Herb Houghton, Refuge visitors viewing wildlife in a field through binoculars. - Ralph Tabor, Photographer with camera - Herb Houghton
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2015
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