Sloughs Wildlife Management Area
Sauerheber Refuge Habitat and trail info: A 1,775-acre waterfowl refuge houses up to 10,000 geese and 10,000 ducks winter annually. Closed seasonally November 1 through March 15. Observation platforms near refuge edge are open year-round.
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: One can view geese, American widgeon, green-winged teal, American avocet, common snipe as well as many other shorebirds and waterfowl. Swamp rabbit, squirrel, deer, quail, raccoon, beaver, coyote, and dove are found here as well.
Jenny Hole-Highland Creek: The Creek offers sloughs, bottomland hardwoods and some brushy areas.This is Kentucky's largest Great Blue Heron rookery. Limited access by gravel roads. Primitive camping is available.
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: Great blue heron, bald eagle, prothonotary warbler, waterfowl, swamp rabbit, squirrel, deer, quail, raccoon, beaver, coyote and dove are all found here.
Public Hunting Areas: Wildlife Management Areas operated by KDFWR in the region provide a variety of game. Check for each area's special regulations and seasons in the Hunting Guides.
John James Audubon State Park
Website: John James Audubon State Park and Museum
Wildlife Viewing Opportunities: The hiking trails provide a perfect opportunity to observe over 20 species of warblers that migrate through Audubon in the springtime. Belted kingfisher, green heron, woodpeckers, prothonotary warbler and waterfowl may also be observed.
Birding: The observation center looks out over established feeding stations and native plant gardens.The 2-mile wilderness lake loop trail through the nature preserve offers the greatest habitat and bird species diversity. For more information on birding, go to our birding page.
John James Audubon Birding Trail
Atkinson Park, River Walk & Municipal Golf Course
Hays & Water Street Boat Ramps
Wildlife Viewing By County
HENDERSON/UNION: Sloughs WMA: 10,000 acres of mostly Ohio River bottoms in four separate units is home to upward of 10,000 geese and thousands of ducks winter here annually. Hunting opportunities also include deer, turkey, swamp rabbit, coyote, squirrel, quail and dove. Contact: Sloughs WMA Office, (270) 827-2673.
HOPKINS: Tradewater WMA: Marked by rugged terrain and mostly wooded,this 745-acre area contains deer, squirrel,raccoon and turkey. Contact:Pat Hahs (270) 759-6913
HOPKINS: White City WMA:5,472 acres contains wooded areas,reclaimed coal mine land and wetlands with rabbits,quail,deer,dove and waterfowl. Contact: Eric Williams (270) 273-3568
MUHLENBERG/OHIO: Peabody WMA: Approximately 35,000 acres of the area ’s total 65,000 acres are in Muhlenberg County,one of the top five Kentucky counties in deer harvest and the top five county in the state for the past four years in turkey harvest.Small game also abounds as well as a resident goose population with a hunting season. A $15.00 user permit is required for the hunting,fishing and hiking activities.
OHIO: L.B.Davidson WMA: A 150-acre wooded tract on Rough River with squirrel, deer, rabbit and quail. Contact: Eric Williams (270) 273-5368.
UNION: Higginson-Henry WMA:The 5,424-acre area provides a variety of public hunting opportunities including deer, dove, rabbit, quail, squirrel, woodcock, turkey, fox and coyote. Contact Scott Buser (270) 389-3580
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