Deer Hunters Wanted for Special Refuge Hunt

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold two special muzzleloader deer hunts at the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge this fall. The hunts are scheduled for Oct. 18 to 19, for antlerless deer only, and Dec. 13 to 14, for any deer.

Deer hunters interested in either special hunt must send in or drop off a 3x5 postcard with their name, address and day and night time phone number to the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, 1434 316th Lane, Missouri Valley, IA 51555. Hunters must submit separate cards for each hunt.

A random drawing for the first hunt will be held at the DeSoto Visitor Center at 3 p.m., Sept. 5. A random drawing for the second hunt will be held at 3 p.m., Oct. 31, at the same location. Postcards will be accepted until 3 p.m. on the day of the drawing.

A total of 35 Iowa hunters will be selected for each hunt and will be notified by the refuge staff. Refuge specific regulations will apply to the hunts.

Archery hunters may hunt in the refuge from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. The archery season closes during the firearms season on the Nebraska side from Nov. 15 to 23. Archery hunters are required to possess a refuge hunt brochure, available for free at the refuge, while hunting on refuge land. The brochure outlines specific refuge regulations. There is no special license for the refuge archery hunt needed.

Hunters may hunt on either Nebraska or Iowa ground during any of the special hunts.

For more information, contact Mindy Sheets, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, at 712-642-4121.