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Hunting At Big Oaks

Mushroom hunting is also allowed on the refuge. Similar to the deer and turkey hunts, hunters must pick a hunting area. Unlike the deer and turkey hunts, if a mushroom hunter would like to change areas they are allowed. Mushroom hunters must return to the office and let the Big Oaks staff know they want to change hunting areas.

There are dates for archery, primitive (muzzelloader) and gun hunts on the refuge. Hunters must be drawn through the state for these hunts. There will also be a no-show drawing every hunt morning. 

Refer to specific refuge regulations for more information. Contact the refuge office or website for updates and additional information. 


All hunters must view the refuge safety briefing prior to access to the refuge. Hunt permits must be purchsed at the refuge office for $20. These permits are valid throughout the year. Hunt fees are reduced by half for holders of an interagency access/senior pass and for those aged 15 and younger the fee is waived.  View the Rules and Regulations page for more information regarding hunting at Big Oaks Refuge.

Hunting is an important recreational activity at Big Oaks. Visitors may participate in squirrel, wild turkey, and white-tailed deer hunting! These activities provide enjoyment and substenance for the public while also providing refuge staff with important information about these populations. All hunters on the refuge are required to hunt with a partner and a compass. Individual units within the refuge can be selected. 

Additionally, hunters of wild turkey can put in to be drawn for hunts on the refuge through the state in addition to a local drawing for two weekends in May. Please contact the refuge office or the refuge website for more information. 


Squirrel hunting is allowed on our Public Use days during the state season. There is no bag limit. 

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