Big game (Deer, elk, moose, black bear and mountain lion) and grouse (dusky, spruce, and ruffed) hunting are allowed on the western area of the refuge in the forest. Idaho State Rules and Regulations apply for the Panhandle Region. Special permit and/or depredation hunts may be available for white-tailed deer and elk. Contact the Refuge headquarters for more information.
Waterfowl hunting is allowed 4 days per week (Tues. Thurs. Sat. and Sun.) in accordance with the state's season. There is a 200-yard buffer zone to insure the safety of visitors using the Auto Tour Route and Deep Creek Trail. Fixed blinds and free-roam waterfowl hunting is allowed. Currently there are 2 ADA huntblinds available for reservation by calling Refuge headquarters. Follow waterfowl reports and migration on the Ducks Unlimited Migration Map. Up to date waterfowl estimates can be found here.
Hunters are limited to the use and/or possession of no more than 25 shotgun shells per day. Hunters may enter the posted retrieving zone to retrieve downed birds or travel to or from hunting sites, but all firearms must be unloaded. Decoys may not be set in the zone. Pit blinds are prohibited. Waterfowl hunters may use boats without motors. Huntable species are geese, ducks, mergansers, and coots. Please see hunting map for area restrictions.