Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge will restrict deer hunting on the Overton Bottoms South Unit of the refuge to archery only for the fall 2023 hunting season. All other seasons will be open in accordance with state and federal codes. The reason for this change is to provide safer conditions for contractors and the public as contractors with heavy equipment begin work on a side channel construction project in the Tadpole Island area. For more information click on below link.
To some it’s pursuing game during an open season or to others taking in the beauty of the change of season. Whatever brings you to the nature of the refuge we hope you will respect what it has to offer. Take only the allowed limit and leave only tracks. On this refuge you are sure to find the nature you deserve. Hover over the map icons below to discover nature near you.
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The refuge provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Most wildlife found throughout the state of Missouri reside on the refuge. The Missouri river drives the floodplain and aquatic habitat of lesser-known but equally important wildlife that inhabit the refuge. The endangered pallid sturgeon swims in her waters and the refuge plays a vital role in providing shallow water habitat for survival of sturgeon young.