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Final Hunting and Fishing Package

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting and fishing package for Big Lake NWR in Arkansas.

View the detailed information here . . .

New for this Hunting Season 2021-2022

To apply for the Big Lake Quota Deer Gun or Quota Youth Deer Gun Hunts, the hunter must access https://wapanocca.recaccess.com/ You will need to create an account to obtain the permit and all permits are on a first come, first served basis. The Quota Deer Gun Hunt is $12.50 per person with ten permits being sold and the Quota Youth Deer Gun Hunt is free with ten permits available. Only youths 6 to 15 years old can hunt during the youth quota hunt. Permits are available from August 1st until the quota is reached or until October 31. NOTE: Permit requests will NOT be accepted in person. Permits are non-transferable and nonrefundable, even in the event of refuge deer hunt closures due to flooding. To apply for the Big Lake Quota Youth Turkey Hunt, hunters must access https://wapanocca.recaccess.com/ You will need to create an account to obtain the permit and all permits are on a first come, first served basis. The youth quota turkey hunt is free with ten permits available. Only youths 6 to 15 years old can hunt during the youth turkey quota hunt. Permits are available beginning Mar. 1 until the quota is reached, or until Mar. 31. NOTE: Permit requests will NOT be accepted in person. Permits are non-transferable and nonrefundable, even in the event of refuge deer hunt closures due to flooding.

https://wapanocca.recaccess.com/

Wood Duck

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The wood duck is a beautiful bird found on the refuge year-round. It nests in cavities of bald cypress and other bottomland hardwood trees. The mother duck will lay around 8 eggs in a nest and incubate them for about 25 days.

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Publications

Learn more about Big Lake NWR through our publications page! Hunting and fishing regulations may also be found here.

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About the Complex

Central Arkansas NWR Complex

Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Central Arkansas NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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