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Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 1,000
  • Habitat: The west half of the site has been mined and is characterized by naturally re-vegetating spoil piles. Vegetation is a mixture of grassy open areas and early succession trees and shrubs consisting mainly of cottonwood, maple, mulberry and autumn olive. The east half consists of grass fields and cropland.
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Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • All hunters must check-in and check-out, reporting their harvest at one of the check stations each day following their hunt
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Hunters may leave stands unattended, but the stands must be legibly marked with owner’s name, address and telephone number.
  • No hunting is permitted in posted areas developed recreation areas, and within 100 yards of construction sites, residences and developed recreation areas.
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Archery
    • Statewide Regulations
    • East Subunit is open until November 1st.
  • Firearm
    • Statewide Regulations
    • East Subunit is open until November 1st. Limited number of firearm permits available through the regular application period

Turkey

  • Fall
    • Archery only.
    • East Subunit open until November 1st.
  • Spring
    • Statewide regulations apply.
    • South Subunit is closed to spring turkey hunting

Waterfowl

  • Conservation Order Light Geese
    • Open only in the East Subunit
    • No hunting on or adjacent to lakes or within 200 yards of roads, developed recreation areas, public use facilities and/or construction/industrial sites.
    • Hunting is on a first-come, first-serve basis and hunters must maintain a distance of 200 yards between parties
    • No entry before 4:30 a.m.
    • No permanent blinds and no pits may be dug
    • Minimum of 12 decoys. Decoys must be attended at all times and picked up at the end of each day’s hunt

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Statewide regulations apply.
    • East Subunit is open until November 1st
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations apply.
    • Open only in the West and North Subunits

Upland Birds

  • Dove
    • September 1-5 hunting hours are noon-5 p.m. then statewide hours the remainder of the season
    • Open only in the East Subunit in the designated fields
    • Non-toxic shot only
  • Woodcock
    • Statewide regulations apply.
    • Open only in the West Subunit
  • Quail
    • Statewide regulations apply.
    • Open only in the West and North Subunits

Furbearers

  • Hunting
    • Raccoon and Opossum
      • Statewide regulations apply.
      • Open only in the West Subunit
    • Skunk/Fox/Coyote
      • Open in all Subunits except the South Subunit
      • Shotgun or archery only
      • Coyote season is open from August 1 through the following February 28; and during the spring turkey season to hunters with a valid unfilled turkey permit
      • Use of dogs to hunt coyotes is prohibited
  • Trapping
    • Must obtain a free site permit online. Permit must be displayed on the dash of vehicle and the pocket portion in possession while trapping on site
    • Must report harvest online by February 15 or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after February 1
    • Open only in the East, West and South Subunits
    • Water sets only

Amenities

  • None