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Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit First Lottery Begins August 16!

Sam Parr State Fish and Wildlife Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 840
  • Habitat: Wildlife habitat at this site includes native prairie stands, woodlands, and weedy, brushy fields. The area contains wetlands, a large lake, shrub plantings and mature oak-hickory timber. Some open land is planted to grain and sunflowers to insure abundant food for wildlife species.

Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Site requires use of windshield card, displayed on vehicle dashboard, to report hunting effort and harvest by 15 February.
  • All hunting is to be done with shotgun or bow and arrow only. (No rifles, handguns or shotgun slugs are permitted.)
  • During spring turkey hunting season, the site’s turkey hunting areas are closed to non-hunters until 1:00 PM.
  • Species-specific rules:


  • Archery
    • Statewide regulations prevail.
    • Archery deer hunters may hunt during the statewide firearm deer seasons (shotgun and muzzleloader) but must wear blaze orange apparel.
    • Hunters must sign-in at a clipboard near the office door and must sign-out and report harvest at the end of the hunt.
    • One non-piercing, portable tree stand is allowed per hunter.
      • The stand may be left unattended overnight from September 15 through January 31. The stand must be marked with the owner’s name, address, and telephone number.
  • No firearm deer hunting is allowed. 


  • Fall Archery Turkey Hunting
    • Statewide regulations prevail.
    • Archery turkey hunters may hunt during the firearm deer hunting season, but must wear blaze orange apparel.
  • Fall Shotgun Turkey Hunting and Spring Turkey Hunting
    • Site-specific permit, issued through the statewide lottery, is required.


  • Waterfowl Hunters are to register at the hunter registration box located at the south boat ramp by 4:30 AM the day of the hunt.
  • Harvest must be recorded at the same box at the end of the hunt. 
  • Waterfowl hunting ends at 1:00 P.M.
  • Waterfowl hunting by boat access only.  10 HP motor limit on the lake.
  • The site has 2 blind location sites. One on the East side of the lake and one on the West side of the lake. Both sides are divided by the north lake point.
  • Up to 4 waterfowl hunters per blind.


  • Squirrels
    • Squirrel hunters must sign-in and sign-out and report harvest at the office.
    • Only shotguns may be used for squirrel hunting.
  • Rabbits
    • Rabbit hunters must sign-in and sign-out and report harvest at the office.

Upland Birds

  • Woodcock and Quail
    • Hunters must sign-in and sign-out and report harvest at the park’s office.
  • Dove
    • From Sept. 1 – 5, dove hunting may take place from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
      • Hunters must register for a drawing at 11:00 AM. and must leave their licenses if selected to hunt.
      • Hunters must wear a back patch obtained at the check station.
      • Hunters check out and report harvest.
    • From Sept. 6 to season’s closing date, dove hunting takes place from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM and hunters must sign-in and sign-out and report harvest.
    • A youth dove hunt takes place the first Saturday in September from 12:00 PM noon to 5:00 PM.
      • A youth dove hunting permit may be obtained by application to Springfield permit office.
      • When the quota is not filled, a drawing will be held to award youths a stand-by permit. The drawing is held at the site office before noon.
      • A youth permit holder and his or her partner may hunt in a special area designated for the youth hunt.
    • Dove hunters are required to use only non-toxic shot, size #6 steel, or size #7 1/2 or smaller bismuth shot.


  • Trapping
    • Furbearer trapping requires a site permit allocated by a drawing held during an evening meeting at the park’s office before trapping season begins. Hunting
  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations
    • Rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller may be used from sunset to sunrise.
    • Furbearer hunting closed during Firearm Deer Season
      • Hunters with a valid, unfilled firearm deer permit for the hunt area may take coyotes during legal hours of the firearm deer season. Otherwise, the use of shotgun slugs to take furbearing mammals is prohibited on state sites.
    • Coyote and striped skunk season coincides with the statewide fox season.
    • Windshield Card required