Squirrel Hunting is open on Swan Lake NWR in the designated Squirrel Hunting Unit (Click here for hunting map) from May 28, 2016 through October 30, 2016.
Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge is open to waterfowl, goose and deer hunting only. Goose hunting is permitted during the late portion of Missouri’s state goose season and the Snow Goose Conservation Order season only. We have one accessible hunting blind; to make reservations, please contact the refuge headquarters during normal business hours at 660-856-3323 or by email at SwanLake@fws.gov.
During the waterfowl season hunting units are awarded through a lottery draw. A draw is conducted every two weeks to award hunting units to hunters. To apply for waterfowl hunt draws and get more information visit www.swanlakepermits.com . When goose season runs concurrent with waterfowl season you must apply through the lottery to obtain a hunting unit. Once waterfowl season is over you may hunt units through a self-check-in system by signing in at the Hunting Headquarters for each days hunt.
The refuge conducts managed deer hunts each year in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Hunters may apply for managed deer hunts through the Missouri Department of Conservation draw system conducted each summer, usually July 1 through August 15 of each year. The refuge also conducts a special hunt for hunters with disabilities. To apply, contact the refuge at 660-856-3323 or SwanLake@fws.gov.
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