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

Big game hunting was expanded in 2015.At Mingo NWR, turkeys regularly traverse in water up to their chests and often roost in completely different areas each night. Their behavior may be unusual, but one thing is certain -there are a lot of them. The refuge is also a destination for deer hunters, particularly for the hard-to-draw muzzleloader hunt. Only about 10 percent of hunters who apply will draw a tag. While not a high-success hunt, hunters know the refuge harbors some very large deer. The muzzleloader hunt includes the wilderness unit on the 21,592-acre refuge, so hunters can expect to experience solitude in the largest remaining tract of bottomland hardwood forest in southeast Missouri.