Waterfowl & Pheasant
National Wildlife Refuge
Waterfowl hunting map and regulations
Description of the Area
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is located
25 miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon. The Refuge straddles the OR/CA state line. The
majority of the Refuge is in California and offers a mix of marsh hunting for both boat
and walk-in hunters and field hunting for geese and pheasant in both grain stubble and
areas of standing grain. Approximately 5000 acres of harvested grain fields in the Oregon
portion of the Refuge is known as the Oregon Straits Unit. It is open to both waterfowl
and pheasant hunting with goose hunting the primary pursuit. Opening weekend hunts on the
California portions of Lower Klamath Refuge are under a draw permit system.
Hunting is 7 days per week during the normal state
season, however, shoot time ends at 1:00 pm on the California portion of
Hunters are required to be in possession of the proper
state licenses and duck stamps when hunting in either CA or OR.
Note: A Recreation Pass is required for hunting on
Lower Klamath Refuge. See the general hunt regulations
for more information.
Ducks are the most commonly hunted
species on Lower Klamath Refuge. To stimulate productivity, marsh units are rotated from
year to year on Lower Klamath and depths vary greatly. Hunting success is usually
excellent the first weekend of the season with good to excellent hunting after that.
Although most of the units are open to motor boats, some motor-less and walk in areas are
also available. Unit 4a and 6a are great for walk-in access. Decoy hunting is suggested.
Some geese are also taken in the marsh units (Canada, white-front, snow, and cackler) but
usually as an unexpected bonus. Primary species taken are: mallard, pintail, wigeon, gadwall, and shoveler.
|The Oregon portion of
Lower Klamath Refuge is primarily grain stubble hunting for geese with some ducks taken
early in the season or late November/December when some of the fields are flooded.
Hunting generally improves during windy weather providing some excellent late season
hunting. Decoys are almost essential for a successful hunt in the Straits Unit stubble
fields. Cackling Canada geese are taken sporadically and hunters should be aware of limits
on this species.
Goose hunting in the field
units of the California portion ranges from excellent to fair and varies
greatly from year to year. Field units with standing grain are most popular producing some
excellent Canada and white-front hunting early in the season and some excellent Canada
hunting after Christmas. Interior field units can also produce some excellent but sporadic
mallard hunting as a bonus. Decoys...the more the better!
Pheasant hunting is provided on
large areas of Lower Klamath Refuge. The hunting has been fair for the past
several years with generally improving pheasant populations since a major winter-kill of
pheasants in 1992. Hunting is primarily in grain stubble and along field margins or ditch
banks. Use of trained dogs can be very beneficial. Hunting is permitted throughout the
California and Oregon season, 7 days per week with no special check in required. A Recreation Pass to hunt the refuge is required.
Pheasant hunting map and regulations
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November 24, 2012