offers both upland bird hunting and waterfowl hunting opportunities.
Each of these hunts are in designated areas on the refuge, see below.
All other areas on the refuge are closed to all hunting.
see our Hunting
brochure (1.5 MB PDF)
bird hunting in the North Malheur Lake Hunt Area and west of Highway
205 are open during the regular State of Oregon seasons.
shot is required for upland bird hunting on the Refuge.
is no waterfowl or predator hunting allowed in the Buena Vista
game bird hunts are available in two areas on the refuge:
Lake Hunt Area, West of Highway 205 and Krumbo Creek
Pheasant - October 6 - December 31, 2012 - 2 daily, 8 possession
Quail - October 6 - January 31, 2012 - 10 daily, 20 possession
Chukar - October 6 – Jan 31, 2012 - 8 daily, 24 possession
Blue/Ruff Grouse - September 1 – December 31, 2012 - 3 each species daily, 6 possession
Sage Grouse - September 8 - 16, 2012 - 2 daily, 2 per season
Mourning Dove - September 1 - September 30, 2012 - 10 daily, 20 possession
Band tailed Pigeon - September 15 – 23, 2012 - 2 daily, 4 possession
season rooster pheasant, California Quail, Chukar, Hungarian Partridge
and rabbit hunt is held each year in the refuge's Buena Vista Area.
Waterfowl hunting is not permitted within this unit. This
22,000 acre unit is located east of State Highway 205, north of
Diamond Lane and south of Sodhouse Lane.
Rooster Pheasant - November 17 - December 31, 2012 - 2 daily, 8 possession
Chukar - November 17 - December 31, 2012 - 8 daily, 24 possession
California Quail - November 17 - December 31, 2012 - 10 daily, 20 possession
- Only federally
approved nontoxic shot may be used or be in possession while
hunting on the refuge.
- All-Terrain Vehicles
(ATVs) are not permitted off refuge roads. Oregon ATV
regulations are in effect.
- Please observe No
Hunting Closures near Residential Areas at Refuge Headquarters,
Buena Vista Station and the Malheur Field Station.
- Boundaries may not
be clear, contact private landowners for permission to cross
or hunt private lands adjacent to the refuge.
- Vehicles are allowed
only on maintained public roadways. Parking is allowed only
within one vehicle length of the roadway. Do not
block dike and field accesses.
- Overnight parking,
camping and campfires are not permitted on the refuge.
Game Bird Regulations for bag limits.
information contact Malheur Refuge at (541) 493-2612 weekdays
between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM.
are numerous tracts of private property that surround the Hunt
Area, please respect private property. Non toxic shot is required
for hunting waterfowl and upland game in the Malheur Lake Hunt
available in the Malheur
Lake Hunt Area:
- Common Snipe
- California Quail
- Rooster Pheasant
the Oregon Game Bird Regulations on the ODFW
Web Site for game limits and other pertinent information.
Game Bird Seasons on the Malheur Lake Area: 2012-2013 dates and bag limits will be posted in September
Special Youth Waterfowl Hunt for youth 15 years old and younger - 2012-2013 dates and bag limits will be posted in September
and Merganser - October 6 – November 25, November 28, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Bag Limit on Ducks and Mergansers - 7 daily, 14 possession
2 Hen mallards, 2 Pintail, 2 Redheads, 1 canvasback
Coot - October 6 – November 25, November 28, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Bag Limit on Coots - 25 daily, 25 possession
- Early season: September 8 – 12, 2012 - Bag Limit - 3 Canadas daily, 6 possession
The taking of white-fronted, Aleutian and Cackling geese is prohibited statewide during the early season.
October 6 – November 25, December 10, 2012 – January 27, 2012
Bag Limit - 4 dark & 6 white daily, 8 dark & 12 white in possession
Youth Waterfowl Hunt on Malheur Lake, must be 15 years old and younger, September 22-23, 2012
year the hunt area can be accessed using two of the three designated
Access - A parking area is located on the northeast
side of The Narrows on State Highway 205. The lake is
adjacent to the parking area. Hunters can walk in with just waders and hunt. Thre is not a lot of tall emergent cover to hide a hunter. Please be aware if you walk in that the water drops off very gradually, but does reach a depth of 4-5 ft in certain areas. There are two gates to access this hunt area. Gates must remain closed to prevent cattle from entering the refuge.
- Lawen Road
Access - Travel 16 miles from Burns on State Highway
78 to the Lawen store. Travel south on the Lawen Road
for 4.8 miles to a gate in the refuge boundary fence.
Park on the edge of the Lawen Road out of the path of traffic. The lake is immediately adjacent to the road. Hunters may park along the road as long as the road is not blocked
Butte Hunter Access Road - The Saddle Butte hunting access road easement will be closed to all vehicles this year due to flooding that is covering the road south of the railroad grade. The road is closed to all refuge hunters. The hunt area is NOT closed, but the access road into the area is. In addition please be aware that ODFW has NO public hunting access in the area. Unless hunters have landowner permission to hunt or travel upon their lands they are trespassing.
- Interested hunters should use the Lawen area access. ODFW has purchased additional hunting access in the Lawen area. Hunters should look for orange posts marking areas open to hunting on private property in this area. If you use these areas please close the gates as cattle are present some areas. These areas have several shallow wetlands and sloughs with dry ground close by that may work well for a walk-in hunter. Not all lands are enrolled in the program so please make sure of where you are at by visiting ODFW's web site at http://www.oregonhuntingmap.com/PropertyDetails.aspx/94/Lawen%20Access%20Area/undefined
other areas of the refuge are closed to waterfowl hunting.
- Only Federally
approved nontoxic shot may be used or be in possession
while hunting on the refuge.
- Non motorized
boats are only allowed on the Malheur Lake hunt area
during waterfowl hunting season.
Vehicles (ATVs) are not permitted.
blinds may be constructed, but they will be available
for general use on a first-come, first-serve basis. Construction
or use of permanent blinds is not permitted.
parking, camping and campfires are not permitted on the
private landowners for permission to cross, hunt or park on
more information contact Malheur Refuge at (541) 493-2612
weekdays between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM.