Waterfowl Production Area Regulations
Wetland Management Districts are areas, delineated by county, that contain lands in which the Fish and Wildlife Service holds an interest. This interest can be either outright ownership, as in the case of Waterfowl Production Areas, or as an easement, in which certain rights were purchased on areas of the landscape. Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) are small wetland or pothole areas, generally 40 to 3,000 acres, acquired with funds derived from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps. These areas are managed to preserve wetland habitat; to increase the production of waterfowl; to sustain native wildlife, and to benefit the public using these areas. The United States Government owns the waterfowl production areas within the Districts. These lands, identified with special WPA signs, are generally open to public uses such as hunting, fishing, recreational trapping, hiking and bird watching.
The Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge Complex is also responsible for limited management on six Easement Refuges. These are not typical National Wildlife Refuges although they are posted with the familiar “Blue Goose” boundary signs. When these easement Refuges were established the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service purchased minimal rights on the parcels of land. These rights are: To impound water and maintain our Federal Water Rights; To control all hunting within the boundary. These lands remain in private ownership and the landowners control all access. While WPA’s are open to public recreation the five easement Refuges are closed to all hunting. Sibley Lake NWR is the only easement Refuge open for hunting and is open to deer hunting ONLY. Deer hunting is permitted in accordance with state regulations and hunters must possess a state issued license. Please contact the Valley City Wetland District Manager for current information on Sibley Lake NWR.
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