***Application Period will be July 15th- August 15th***
***Leftover permits sold on a first-come first-served basis starting September 8th at 10am through September 19th at 5pm***
2016 is continuing the new white-tailed deer hunt lottery system. Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is handling the lottery including all permits, and licenses for Deer Management (DMU) Unit 273 (Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge [SNWR] and Shiawassee River State Game Area [SRSGA]). Applicants can apply for only one hunt at one location (e.g., SNWR or SRSGA). Leftover permits will be issued on a first-come first-served basis starting September 8th at 10am through September 19th at 5pm and may be purchased for either area. See 2016 DMU 273 SNWR and SRSGA Reserved Hunt Application Sheet below for detailed information on the deer hunts and application process.
2016 Deer Management Unit (DMU) 273 Reserved Hunt Application Information (PDF file - 1.74MB).
Shiawassee NWR Refuge specific hunting regulations 2016 Deer Hunt Regulations (PDF file - 77KB).
Shiawassee NWR DMU 273 Hunt Area 3 Map (PDF file - 1.3MB).
Shiawassee NWR DMU 273 Hunt Area 3 Air Photo Map (PDF file - 1.6MB).
This 2016 Purchasing tutorial should help you purchase in a step-by-step manner (July 15-August 15th).
2016 Deer Season Purchasing Tutorial (PDF file - 2.33MB)
To register for the 2016 Shiawassee NWR Deer Hunt visit www.mdnr-elicense.com. Or apply in person at any DNR license agent in the State. For a complete list of all DNR license agents in the State http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10363_14518-34869--,00.html
Youth Hunt (16 and younger) will be held September 17-18th, 2016. Mentors will be available.
All Youth Hunt Participants Must Attend The Refuge's Mandatory Education and Sight-In Event; Sunday, September 11th from Noon-5pm.
Attending this education event is Mandatory for youth to participate in the hunt. Drawn Permit will become VOID if youth does not attend this Sept. 11th event.
Youth hunt participants will have to hunt using supplied hunting blinds.
Youths less than 14 are restricted to archery-only hunting. Youth 10-16 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older. Youth less than 10 that are hunting under the Mentored Youth Hunting License must be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older. An adult accompanying a youth cannot possess or carry a firearm or bow and does not need a deer hunting license. Youth’s parent/guardian must be listed as partner. Youth hunters must have their hunter safety card. Mentors are available upon request (please contact Vicki Kennedy or Steve MacAlpine if Mentor is needed... See Below).
Any questions about the 2016 Youth Hunt can be answered by contacting Vicki Kennedy (616) 822-5218 or Steve MacAlpine (989) 750-2742. You may also send questions via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
See 2016 Youth Hunt Flyer (JPEG - 762KB)
New Since 2015: Vehicles permits will not be required while hunting at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.
2016 3-Day Scouting Period
This year's scouting dates are September 23-25, 2016. During this 3-day weekend, the entire refuge is open to hiking, bicycling, and deer scouting during daylight hours only. Please note that at this moment, there are no other opportunities for you to scout, but are welcome to use the refuge's trails or the Wildlife Drive (when it's open). Please note that you must stay on the designated trails and route on any day outside of Open House Weekend.
For deer hunt related questions specific to Shiawassee NWR call the Hunter Message Center at (989) 777-5930 ex 2
For Michigan E-License Questions contact them directly at (517)284-6057
For questions related to permits or the lottery process contact DNR Bay City office at (989) 684-9141.
Tittabawassee River Floodplain Wild Game Consumption Advisory - For more information please read the Michigan Department of Community Health's Eat Safe Wild Game leaflet.
2015 White-tailed Deer Hunt
2015 Refuge Deer Hunt Season Results: 596 permits issued across 15 hunt periods which resulted in a total harvest of 131. Overall hunter success rate was 22 percent. For the full report download a copy of the 2015 White-tailed Deer Harvest Report (PDF file - 302 KB).
2015 Refuge Goose Hunting: October 10th, 2015 - November 12th, 2015
Download: Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Goose Hunt Information and Regulations(PDF file - 156 KB).
9 Goose Hunting Blinds in 2015:
Please note that there will be 9 goose hunting blinds available on the refuge.
Agricultural lands, where some of the goose blinds were located in the past,
have been taken out of production and have been or are now being converted back
to wetlands. To reduce clutter and provide more opportunities for quality hunting we have modified our hunting areas and now opened spaces along a designated stretch on the Shiawassee River.
Goose hunting dates on the
refuge are October 10th, 2015 - November 12th, 2015. A reserved hunt will be
held opening weekend on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11. There MAY be
room for stand-by hunters the first weekend, but with fewer blinds this year,
there's no guarantee. Thereafter, hunting takes place only on Tuesdays,
Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of the season. The last day
of goose hunting is Thursday, November 12th, 2015.
A lottery drawing is held each
morning of the hunt at 5:30 a.m. at the refuge headquarters. Doors open
at 5:00 a.m. for registration. Up to four (4) people per blind. There is a
$4.00 fee per person; those individuals who meet the age requirements (age 62
or older) and possess an "Interagency Senior Pass" (cost is $10)
receive a 50 percent discount. All State waterfowl regulations and refuge
regulations apply. Hunters are required to stop shooting at 12:00 noon and drop off survey card(in goose hunt drop box) by 1:00 p.m. whether successful or not. Daily bag limit is two Canada
geese per person per day.
2014 Refuge Goose Hunt Season
Results: Hunters over 20 days of hunting harvested 65 Canada geese.
Visit the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources for information about State regulations,
licenses and more.
2015-2016 Trapping Season
Furbearer trapping on Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is
an important management tool in meeting refuge goals and objectives. Wetland
habitats, dike maintenance, and migratory bird management are influenced by
A sealed-bid application system will be used to issue
trapping permits. The primary targets of the trapping program are muskrat and
raccoon, but other species can be taken pursuant to State of Michigan Trapping
laws. River otter and coyote cannot be trapped legally on Shiawassee NWR.
A minimum bid of $200 is required per unit, payment will be made only if successful. A sealed bid including “Shiawassee NWR Trapping Bid” (last page of this packet), is due in the refuge office by 1:00 P.M., Wednesday October 14, 2015. A public opening of the bids will be held at 1:05 P.M. on the same day. Successful applicants shall make a full bid payment by 3:00 P.M., October 21, 2015. Checks shall be made payable to "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service". Trapping parties may bid on all trapping units but parties can only win one of the trapping units (i.e., 1 party cannot win and trap all units). If a trapping party is the highest bidder for multiple units that party will have the choice for which unit they want to trap, the second highest bidder for the other units will win that unit. If units are not bid upon, winning parties will then be offered the remaining units based upon the amount of their bid for those units.
Click on 2015-2016 Trapping Proposal Package to download
(PDF file- 783KB) a copy.
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