Hunting is a favorite hobby of many enthusiasts. If you are like many other hunters, you are looking for new, unique, and exciting places to hunt. In this article, we will discuss different federal land areas that allow hunting. However, it is important to remember that each state has their own sets of rules and regulations when it comes to hunting on their land. This land is typically designated as a wildlife refuge therefore; there are many laws that protect certain species of animals.
Here in this article, we will cover the areas of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
Established by to provide protection to hardwood forests in 1908, the Overflow National Wildlife Refuge is located in Parkdale, Arkansas. With more than 13,000 acres of land, the refuge is the resting and breeding grounds for many different species of birds and mammals. The Overflow National Wildlife Refuge is responsible for the Mississippi flyway, which assists waterfowl populations across the United States. This refuge is home to many different birds and animals. Amongst the year visitors there are wood ducks, mallards, and many other species of waterfowl
Because the Overflow National Wildlife Refuge is mostly known as a migratory bird spot, there is no hunting allowed until the start of deer season and this is only after the birds have taken off to go south for their winter period. They offer two different seasons for hunters, archery and firearms season for deer hunting.
The Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge is located along the lower portion of the Mississippi River. Spanning 25,006 acres, this area is home to many different species of wildlife. Over the years, the population of waterfowl can reach as much as 250,000 on a yearly basis during migration season. Travellers to this area include mergansers, ring-necked ducks, wood ducks, wigeon, teal, pintail, gadwall, and black ducks.
As with most wildlife refuges, you must follow the rules and regulations as defined by the state of Tennessee to hunt. Though allowed in the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge, you must be sure to follow all rules and regulations as set forth by the federal and state government. Contact the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge or visit their website to determine what rules and regulations apply to you.
In Mississippi, The Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge provides wildlife enthusiasts and hunters with many acres acres of land in this, the oldest refuge protected federally in Mississippi. There are many different bird species and mammal species within the refuge, which was established in 1936. The Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge is also home to one of the biggest and healthiest group of American Alligators within the United States. It is generally a good idea to avoid this refuge or the Alligator nests until after birth of baby gators in September, as the mothers protective gears are in extra sensitive mode during this time.
To hunt at the Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge you are required to have a hunting permit, this is issued by the state at various different locations. Aside from the permit, you will also have to have any licenses that are required at the state and federal level. If any stamps and validations are required, you should be sure to have those as well. You should make note that the Mississippi law prohibits the use of any handguns or rifles. You may only use non-toxic shots to hunt and lead shots are illegal to possess or use during hunting.
Hunting in every state is different and each state has their own specific rules and regulations. It is important to learn about these before you go hunting so you can be sure to abide and follow all rules and regulations. The internet can be a great sources for determining what is allowed and what is not in each area. Consult with the specific federal parks if you have any questions about their hours of operation, season opening, rules on weaponry, and ammunition.
Most of all, enjoy your time hunting and enjoy the wildlife at the same time. While hunting may be your biggest love, you should take a moment to view all that nature has to offer while at any of these refuges as well. Each one has become a landmark for many different species of wildlife, some endangered and some threatened.