Proposed Change to Hunting Program

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Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s.  Today, more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting and more than 310 are open to sportfishing. Here in the Midwest, national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas are a huge part of this tradition. We welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to experience fishing and hunting in amazing places.  


The Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s hunting program and is seeking public comment on the change. The proposed change includes: 

  • Deer and waterfowl hunting will be aligned with state regulations. 
  • New hunting units have been developed to simplify regulations. 

You are invited to review draft documents related to this change, including the Hunt Plan Amendment and the Categorical Exclusion for the hunting program. Hunting program documents will be available for public comment starting Monday, March 23rd for 60 days. The documents will be also be available for additional comment during the Federal Register public comment period. 

All documents are electronically available on this site. You can contact the refuge at 618-998-5954 or to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.  


The public comment period is an opportunity to discuss the proposed changes with staff and to provide your comments on the draft plan. You can submit comments to the refuge by mail 8588 IL-148, Marion, IL 62959 or email 

Across the country, national wildlife refuges work closely with state agencies, tribes and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions. 

Documents available for public comment review: