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  • Father and son hunting / USFWS

    Our 2015-2016 Hunting Season

    Beginning September 1, 2015, Hunting Season begins! Various dates through February 15, 2016 offer opportunities for specific birds/mammals.

    More Information on our Visitor Activities page

  • Mule deer buck

    Deer of the desert

    The desert mule deer is prominent throughout New Mexico and commonly seen on the refuge. It can be identified by the black tip on its tail.

  • Duck floating on the water

    For the birds...

    The refuge serves an important role to thousands of migratory birds; including waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.

  • Blue dasher dragonfly/John Magera

    Amazing dragonflies

    The blue dasher dragonfly is just one of the 100 species of dragonflies that can be found on the refuge.

  • Bobcat/USFWS

    Wild cats on the refuge

    Look for this wild refuge resident -- the bobcat. They have "bobbed" tails and their ears resemble that of the lynx.

View the Beauty of Fall With Us!

Viewing the Outside from Within

Refuge Visitor Center view from back window

Come in today and enjoy Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's beautiful Visitor Center. The refuge is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife! Our informative Visitor Center has various exhibits and feature films to introduce you to these wildlife species. We look forward to visiting with you!

Visitor Center View!

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Annual Youth Hunt & Workshop

    Pheasant close-up of head / USFWSDecember 05, 2015

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its annual Youth Pheasant Hunt and Upland Game Workshop on Saturday, December 5, 2015. The day's event will begin at 6:00 am for a total of 16 youth hunters who applied. See the informational Poster and fillable Application Form linked below.

    2015 Youth Hunt Poster and Application
  • Current Refuge Hunting Season for 2015-2016

    Father and son hunting with their Brittany spaniel / USFWS

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's current 2015-2016 hunting season begins September 1, 2015 through February 15, 2016 for a variety of game birds, water fowl, and mammal species including deer, feral hog and rabbit. Bag limits apply for each species, as shown in the link below. For more information visit our website's Visitor Activities page under the Visit tab above.

    Refuge's 2015-2016 Hunting Bag Limit Chart
  • Kids Activities - Story Hour

    Story Hour graphic image of an owl reading a book

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is presenting a special children’s story telling hour on Saturday October 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center on 4200 East Pine Lodge Road. Enjoy a special themed story presented by our refuge volunteer, Donna Chapell. Following the book readings, several fun activities are scheduled for the kids. This presentation will be one of many story telling programs scheduled throughout the year on the third Saturday of each month. These monthly programs are free of charge. For information, please contact the refuge at (575) 625-4011.

    Story Hour Schedule for 2015
Page Photo Credits — Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands / USFWS, Father and young son hunting / UWFWS, Duck floating on the water/USFWS, Male blue dasher dragonfly/USFWS, Bobcat/USFWS, Visitor Center's back window view / B. Madison, USFWS, Pheasant / USFWS, Father and son hunting with their Brittany spaniel / USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 05, 2015
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