Hunting

Crossing Ditch during Managed Deer Hunt

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge manages over 12,000 acres of public hunting area. Each year the refuge also host Special Managed (Muzzleloader) Deer Hunts on the western side of the refuge.  Consult refuge hunting brochure for specific rules and regulations for hunting on Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Raccoon Hunting

    Raccoon

    Raccoon hunting is allowed during the statewide furbearer season. Raccoon hunters are required to apply for this hunt and, if selected, will be issued a special use permit with all pertinent information such as date, times, and hunt areas.

    Managed Raccoon Hunt Application 

  • Managed (Muzzleloader) Deer Hunt

    Hunter in Deer Stand

    Muzzleloader Hunts are offered each year on Mingo NWR for deer hunters who have been selected through the State of Missouri managed draw system.  Hunters may apply for annual muzzleloader hunt by applying July 1-July 31 each year on the Missouri Department of Conservation website. Follow the link below to directly access the managed muzzleloader hunt application.  

     MDC managed hunt information  

  • Youth-Only Deer Hunt

    Scouting for Deer at Mingo

    A youth-only deer hunt is offered on Mingo NWR during the statewide youth deer weekend.  The application process is managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Youths (11-15) may apply for the hunt July 1-July 31 of each year by clicking the link below.

    MDC managed hunt information

  • Wheelchair Confined Deer Hunts

    Checking in Deer at Managed Hunt

    Five disabled access hunting blinds within the Special Managed (Muzzleloader) Hunt Area are set aside for hunters permanently confined to a wheelchair during the managed muzzleloader hunt weekend. Disabled hunters can apply for these hunts by filling out the application below or by calling the refuge office (573-222-3589) to enter the random draw process.  

     

    Five disabled access hunting blinds are set aside for youth hunters (11-15) permanently confined to a wheelchair during the Mingo NWR managed youth-only deer hunt weekend. Disabled youth hunters can apply for these hunts by filling out an application or by calling the refuge office (573-222-3589) to enter the random draw process.

     

  • Fall Deer and Turkey Season (Archery)

    Deer in Woods at Mingo

    Archery deer and turkey hunting are concurrent with the State season, except the area between Ditch 4 and 6, north of Ditch 11 and south of the Ozark Highland Auto Tour Road closes October 31. (Note: Hunt Area west of Ditch 4 is subject to closure during any overlapping Managed Hunts). During the State firearm season, archery hunting is allowed only with a firearm permit. Only one portable tree stand per hunter is permitted on the refuge from two weeks before until two weeks after the State archery deer season. In the area between Ditch 4 and 6, north of Ditch 11 and south of the Ozark Highland Auto Tour Road, hunters must remove stands daily. All stands must be clearly marked with owner’s name, address, and phone number. Incidental take of squirrels, raccoons, and bobcats is allowed during the state archery season by use of archery equipment concurrent with respective statewide seasons until the daily bag limit for that game species is taken. Feral hogs may be taken incidental to hunt with use of archery equipment until the daily bag limit of game is taken.

  • Fall Waterfowl Season (Firearm)

    Mallards in Pool 8

    Waterfowl hunting is available within Pool 8 and Pool 7 and is open concurrent with the State season, dependent on habitat conditions. Pool 7 hunts will be allowed only 3 days a week and will be determined prior to the start of the season. Hunters are required to go through a daily draw process at Duck Creek Conservation Area to hunt in Pool 8 and Pool 7. Authorized hunting hours for waterfowl are ½ hour before legal sunrise until 1 p.m. The use of hunting dogs is permitted for waterfowl hunting only, provided the dogs are under the immediate control of the hunter at all times. 

  • Spring and Summer Squirrel Season (Firearm)

    Squirrel

    Squirrel hunting is concurrent with the State season except that squirrel hunting closes the evening before the opening day of statewide archery season. Hunters may use a rifle chambered for rim-fire cartridges or shotgun. Shotgun hunters may only use and possess nontoxic shot on the refuge. 

  • Spring Turkey Season (Firearm)

    Turkey Strutting in Woods

    Spring turkey season is concurrent with the State season and does include the youth turkey season. Shotgun hunters may only use and possess nontoxic shot on the refuge.