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Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges

Hunting - A Valued Outdoor Tradition

Hunting is one of our nation's most valued outdoor traditions. The Service's 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation found that more than 12.5 million Americans aged 16 and older (281,000 in California, 81,000 in Nevada) hunted in 2012. Hunters spent $34 billion on trips, equipment, licenses and other items to support their hunting activities in 2012.

Several National Wildlife Refuges in California, Nevada and Oregon’s Klamath Basin offer opportunities for excellent hunting. In general, refuges open areas to fishing and seasonal hunting of migratory game birds (waterfowl) upland game or big game when compatible with sound wildlife management, and the purposes for which the refuge was established.


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California Hunting Regulations


The Department of Fish and Game maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value, and their benefits to people. The department is responsible for the diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses. You can find California hunting regulations here.

Nevada Hunting Regulations


The Nevada Department of Wildlife is the state agency responsible for the restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Nevada's waters.You can find Nevada hunting regulations here.

Oregon Hunting Regulations


The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency responsible for the restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Oregon's waters.You can find Oregon hunting regulations here.