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

Cache River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1986 to protect, conserve, enhance, and restore bottomland hardwood forest habitats for the benefit of wintering waterfowl, migratory birds, and other native species of wildlife. The refuge is located in the most important wintering area for mallard ducks in North America and is designated as a Wetland of International Importance. Hunters have helped conserve important wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife in the Cache River Basin through the purchase of Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (Duck Stamps), the revenues from which are used to purchase lands for the refuge.

The refuge is open for the hunting of deer, turkey, waterfowl, rabbit, squirrel, and other game. Hunting can be excellent, especially for waterfowl, which winter here in the hundreds of thousands. Waterfowl hunting is permitted throughout the state waterfowl season daily until noon. Many access points for hunting by boat and on foot go through private land, so please get permission from landowners before crossing their property. Deer hunting may be closed periodically due to high water levels.