Mingo National Wildlife Refuge is now accepting applications for raccoon hunting on the refuge for the 2016 season. The raccoon hunts will take place through a random draw process in which parties will be issued a free Special Use Permit that outlines their hunt area and hunt dates. A total of nine raccoon hunt periods will take place at Mingo during the statewide Furbearer Season of November 15, 2016 – January 31, 2016. To be considered for the random draw to raccoon hunt at Mingo, interested parties must fill out a Mingo Raccoon Hunt Application, available here and at the front desk of the Mingo Visitor Center.
The applications must be received by close-of-business September 30, 2016. The random draw to select the parties will take place at the Mingo Visitor Center on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Applicants do not need to be present during the draw to be selected for one of the hunts.
Applicants will be notified by letter regarding if their party was or was not selected for one of the hunt periods. At least one member of each drawn party will be required to attend a pre-hunt orientation on October 15, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Mingo Visitor Center. During the orientation the Special Use Permit packets will be distributed and questions will be answered regarding the hunt area and refuge regulation. A limit of six hunters per party can apply and hunters can only apply with one group. The hunts will only take place at night (sunset to sunrise) during the designated dates on the drawn parties Special Use Permit. Drawn parties are limited to one dog per hunter (required minimum of one dog per party) and all dogs must have GPS collars.
For more information on hunting at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and to learn more about the expanded opportunities outlined in the Hunt Plan, call 573-222-3589. The Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center/Headquarters building is open Monday – Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2016 Raccoon Hunt Application