Hunters walking up a mowed service road wearing blaze orange.

One of the most visible species at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is wild turkey. Large numbers of these birds roam nearly every corner of the refuge. The refuge’s spring hunts are specially designed for those with disabilities and young hunters. Refuge blinds are made available to disabled hunters. Both hunts have good success rates. An archery-only hunt also is available to the public for those who want to try for a gobbler. Quality deer hunting – including archery and muzzleloader hunts – round out the excellent opportunities at this refuge along the Missouri River. DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few places in the nation where neighboring states (Iowa and Nebraska) honor the adjoining state’s hunting license. This is true for refuge hunts only.

Big Game

Deer and turkey hunting are available yearly on the refuge. Archery deer and turkey is permitted in the refuge public hunt area. Annual youth and disabled access turkey hunts are scheduled each year and qualified hunters must apply for these hunts. Managed muzzleloader deer hunts are also scheduled each year and dates are announced prior to the hunt season.

For more information on refuge and hunting rules and policies