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Swan Lake NWR Prepared For Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl hunters wanting to hunt at Swan Lake National Wildlife Reguge can get their application in for the upcoming season.  Hunters can participate in the “Lottery,” but they must have a “RecAccess” account to apply and participate.  Go to

On October 12th from 9 AM to 5 PM the refuge will host a waterfowl hunting scout day.  Hunters will be able to access all of the hunting units and have questions answered at the Refuge Visitor Center by a refuge staff member. Please mark your calendar so you can take advantage of this opportunity.

RecAccess will oversee the draws and the morning check in. To cover these costs there will be a $2 lottery application fee and an $8.50 permit fee for each hunter that gets a permit through the lottery, online purchase, or morning check in for vacant units. Since the fees go to cover the cost of the permitting system there will be no refunds for any reason including hunting unit closures due to weather or flooding.

For each draw, successful applicants will have a deadline to purchase their permits for their awarded Hunting Slots.  Any Hunting Slots left over and not filled by the deadline will be available for purchase on the site on a first come basis.  Unfilled permits purchased online will be just as other permits.  The purchaser can purchase one to four permits for the available Hunting Slot and bring up to three other hunters with them on the day of the hunt.

If you have any questions, contact the Refuge Office at 660-856-3323.

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