SHANNON COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will close the refuge portion of Peck Ranch Conservation Area (CA) intermittently to facilitate managed deer hunts Oct. 14-15, Oct. 21-23, and Dec. 9-10. The area will also close during the firearms portion of deer season, Nov. 11-21. The elk viewing driving tour, scouting, and all other public activities will pause during those dates.
Peck Ranch Conservation Area is in northwest Carter County and eastern Shannon County, north of Fremont. The area consists of 23,762 acres of rugged, forested hills and hollows. Deer hunting within the Refuge (interior)is permitted by applying for a managed deer hunting permit through the managed hunt drawing system. Application information is available at most MDC offices and at www.mdc.mo.gov.
Youth, archery and muzzleloader managed hunts may occur in combination with other deer hunting regulations. Hunting outside the refuge is permitted under statewide regulations and seasons.
Peck Ranch CA facilities and features include primitive camping, picnic areas, a firearms range, a viewing deck, two deer or turkey blinds, one intermittent stream, and four Natural Areas (Grassy Pond, Goldenseal, Stegall Mountain and Mule Hollow). Peck Ranch CA is five miles east of Winona on Route H, then seven miles east on gravel in Shannon County. For more information about Peck Ranch CA, the Elk Viewing Tour or to check availability of the refuge, go online to www.mdc.mo.gov.