two white tail deer in fresh grass after a burn

The largest bottomland hardwood forest in Kansas is home to thriving populations of game, including deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit and bobwhite quail. Waterfowl hunting is generally limited to small farm ponds, mine ponds and the Marais des Cygnes River. However, during floods as many as 2,000 additional acres of timber and old fields become flooded.

Deer and spring turkey hunting are open only to those possessing a valid Refuge Access Permit. These permits are limited in number and are distributed by a drawing through the state of Kansas Special Hunts Permit System.

Hunting is allowed for other specified game with state license. 

Be aware that the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Area, operated by Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is a separate entity and has different regulations than the National Wildlife Refuge.

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