Deer Flat NWR
Hunting on the Lake Lowell Unit
The upland game birds that you can hunt at Lake Lowell are ring-necked pheasant, California quail, bobwhite quail and Hungarian partridge. Remember that when hunting upland game you are required to use non-toxic shot and may not possess lead shot in the field.
California quail are
abundant in both the East Side and the
South Side Recreation Areas. They are
usually found in thick cover on the edge of the lake or near openings.
A bird dog is a must and bring plenty of ammunition.
In general, the number of upland game birds using the refuge during the hunting season has been declining as in other areas of southwest Idaho.
Ducks and coots may be hunted in both the South Side and East Side Recreation Areas. Remember that when hunting ducks and coots you are required to use nontoxic shot and may not possess lead shot in the field.
The success of duck and coot hunters at Lake Lowell depends on a variety of factors. The best advice is to call ahead to check on current conditions. In southwest Idaho, duck numbers usually peak in mid-December, just before freeze-up. Peak numbers depend on overall duck numbers in the Pacific Flyway. Duck numbers also fluctuate with the lake level, which varies from year to year depending on irrigation storage demands. Ideal hunting conditions occur when water floods some of the lakeside vegetation, but does not flood the trees. In recent years, the water has been so low that several hundred yards of bare mud flat was present between vegetation and the water's edge.