- All hunting activities are permitted in accordance with State regulations. Respect the privileges of other hunters who may be in close proximity to you.
- Pack out your trash (including shotgun shell casings) so that the area will remain clean, natural, and enjoyable.
- There are nine Public Hunting Areas available on the Refuge and designated on the map. These areas are open for waterfowl, sharp-tailed grouse, partridge, pheasant, and deer hunting.
- State law prohibits hunting within one-quarter mile of occupied buildings.
- The area around the Refuge office and visitor center is closed to all hunting and is marked with No Hunting Zone signs.
- Non-toxic shot is required for hunting upland game and waterfowl on the Refuge.
- Entry without a firearm to retrieve legally taken waterfowl is permitted within 100 yards of exterior Refuge boundaries and interior boundaries of designated Public Hunting Areas.
- State law prohibits hunting on posted land without landowner permission and hunting from road rights-of-way where land on both sides of the road is closed to hunting.
- The entire Refuge is open for late-season pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, partridge, and fox hunting following the close of firearm deer season, in accordance with the State hunting seasons.
Firearm Deer Hunting
Only holders of refuge permits may hunt antlered deer on the refuge. No refuge permit is required to hunt antlerless deer. The entire Refuge is open for firearm deer hunting in accordance with the State season.
Archery Deer Hunting
The Refuge is open to archery deer hunting in accordance with the State season.
Turkey, Grouse, and Partridge
The portion of the Refuge south of the Upham-Willow City Road is open for turkey, grouse, and partridge hunting during the State seasons.
- Signs stating "Public Fishing Area" are posted at each area open for fishing.
- Fishing and boating shall be in accordance with all State laws and requirements set forth by the Refuge.
- Boat fishing is allowed only in designated areas.
- Boat fishing is closed the last Friday in September.
- All Refuge waters are open to ice fishing between December 15 and the end of the State fishing season.
- Fishermen are cautioned to beware of thin ice, particularly near water control structures.
- The Refuge is open daily from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm.
- Overnight camping is prohibited.
- Pack out all trash and garbage. Littering is prohibited.
- For safety, all public access to water control structures is prohibited.
- Open fires on the ground or the ice are prohibited.
Public Fishing Areas
General location of public fishing areas (1-14) are indicated on the map. Fishing is allowed at:
- Nelson Bridge, from both banks downstream (northwest) one-quarter mile and upstream (south) to the Refuge boundary
- Souris River-Scenic Canoe Route, from both banks, or from a boat without a motor, 100-feet upstream (east) from Johnson Bridge and downstream (northwest) 13 miles to the end of the Canoe Route at Dam 1. This includes Sandhills Slough on the Canoe Route.
- Dam I, on the bank next to the Scenic Trail (north) from the dam downstream (west) 100 yards. Entry to, or fishing from, the dam is prohibited.
- Dam II, from the bank either side of the water control structure for 50 feet downstream.
- Above (east of) 320 Dam, from the bank 300 feet east of the dam for one-quarter mile upstream (southeast).
- Old Freeman Bridge Site, from both banks, or from a boat without a motor, downstream (west) from Dam 320 to 1 1/2 miles downstream (west).
- Cutbank Culvert on Highway 14, from the road right-of-way for 50 feet on either side of the culvert.
- Highway 14 Bridge, from both banks one-quarter mile both upstream (south) and downstream (north) from the bridge.
- Russell-Kramer Road, from both banks, or from a boat without a motor, upstream (south) 200 feet from the bridge and downstream (north) of the bridge to the Soo Line railroad bridge.
- Newburg Road, from the road right-of-way 100 feet on either side of the bridge.
- Scheflo Bridge, from the road right-of-way 100 feet on either side of the bridge and upstream on the east bank to the downstream side of the water control structure.
- Highway 5, from the road right-of-way 100 feet on either side of the bridge.
- Westope-Landa Road, from the road right-of-way 150 feet on either side of the bridge, or from a boat without a motor from the road downstream (north) for 2 miles.
- Below Dam 357, on all waters downstream (north) of the dam north to the Canadian border, from both banks or from a boat without a motor.
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