Youth Hunts at Big Oaks NWR
2018 Turkey Youth Hunt Workshop
Each year BOCS and Refuge staff put on 2 youth hunts and workshops. These events occur for wild turkey and white-tailed deer season. These are a unique opportunity to involve the next generation in conservation through learning about hunting.
Our Youth Deer Hunt is the largest in the Nation!
During the workshop, families are invited to learn more about turkey hunting. There will be presenters, information about safety from conservation officers, and prizes! If interested, mail in names and addresses to the refuge office prior to April 1st for consideration. The youth hunt will follow the workshop on the next Sunday.
Additionally, hunters of wild turkey can put in a lottery 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.
Similar to the turkey hunt and workshop, mail in names and addresses to the refuge office prior to October 1st for consideration in the youth deer hunt. The workshop will involve information about deer hunting. There will be presenters, information about safety from conservation officers, and prizes! The hunt will be the following morning.
There are dates for archery, primitive (muzzleloader) 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 purchased at the refuge office for $20. These permits are valid throughout the year. Hunt fees are reduced by half for holders of an inter-agency access/senior pass, and the fee is waived for ages 15 and younger. View the Rules and Regulations page for more information regarding hunting at Big Oaks Refuge.