Ouray NWR is open to the youth general and youth late any bull elk hunts, the Uintah Basin extended archery elk hunt (starting October 1st) and the limited late-season antlerless elk (starting December 1st). The Refuge is also open to state managed depredation and disabled/other elk hunts.
The Refuge is closed for the general archery any bull, general season spike and any bull, and general muzzleloader elk hunts to avoid conflicts with other uses, including waterfowl hunting and to minimize migratory bird disturbance.
The Refuge is open to spring turkey hunting for youth hunters only during the youth and general turkey seasons. The Refuge is closed for all limited-entry turkey hunts (including the limited-entry youth turkey hunt).
There are designated areas within the refuge boundary that are closed to hunting, see Ouray NWR Hunting and Fishing Regulations or call (435) 545-2522 for more details.