Hunting is allowed on Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge only in designated times and places for elk, moose, deer, pronghorn and waterfowl (ducks, geese, coot) only. Hunting is regulated on the refuge to promote and maintain healthy populations. Hunters must be familiar with all hunting regulations:
Montana State Hunting Regulations
Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Hunting Refuge Regulations
Code of Federal Regulations covering hunting and fishing on National Wildlife Refuges
Responsible hunting and fishing
do not pose a threat to wildlife populations and is necessary for sound
wildlife management. Hunting programs can promote understanding and
appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in
the Refuge System.
permit is required to hunt or enter the refuge, except for the Special Hunt in
November. Details on how to apply for this free permit may be found under
the "permits" section. To learn more about hunting
opportunities, seasons and regulations on Red Rock Lakes NWR, please refer to
the current hunting brochure and refuge brochure. Only big game (Elk, Deer, Pronghorn, Moose) and waterfowl (ducks,geese, and coot) may be hunted. HUNTING IS CLOSED TO ALL OTHER SPECIES,
including wolf, bear, mountain lion, upland bird, and non-game animals.
addition to state law and the annual refuge hunting brochure, the following
refuge regulations apply to hunting:
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We allow hunting of goose, duck and
coot on a designated area of the refuge in accordance with Montana State
hunting regulations subject to the following conditions:
B.Big Game Hunting. We allow hunting of deer, elk, moose,
and pronghorn antelope on designated areas of the refuge in accordance
with State hunting regulations subject to the following conditions:
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In 1932, fewer than 70 trumpeters were known to exist worldwide, at a location near Yellowstone National Park. This led to the establishment of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in 1935. Red Rock Lakes is located in Montana's Centennial Valley and is part of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Nearly half of the known trumpeter swans in 1932 were found in this area. Warm springs provide year-round open waters where swans find food and cover even in the coldest weather.
Today, estimates show about 46,225 trumpeter swans reside in North America, including some 26,790 in the Pacific Coast population (Alaska,Yukon, and NW British Columbia) which winter on the Pacific Coast; 8,950 in Canada; about 9,809 in the Midwest; and about 487 in the tri-state area of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana (including the Red Rock Lakes refuge flock).