Woman dressed warmly in camouflage and standing in marsh reeds aims a shotgun into the air

Lands along the Missouri River floodplain often have been converted to agriculture, reducing available wildlife habitat. But Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge has restored floodplain habitat to over 15,000 acres, and wildlife numbers are rapidly increasing. The 13 tracts of land, in 10 counties, that make up this refuge are open to all Missouri hunting seasons. Two tracts are open to archery only deer hunting and shotgun for other game. Hunters will find good populations of deer on the refuge lands, including some nice bucks. Turkeys exist in decent numbers, but finding them in the thick habitat can be challenging. Waterfowl hunting can be phenomenal if the Missouri River floods during hunting season. Unfortunately, these floods happen only every 10 years or so. The area has also become a popular spot for local callers, who have had success luring in coyotes, foxes and bobcats. Contact the refuge for further details on hunting: 660-672-2806