Public hunting of migratory gamebirds (ducks, geese, coot, swan, sandhill crane, and mourning dove), and upland gamebirds (pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, greater sage grouse, gray partridge) is permitted in the designated portions of the refuge (about 40%). See public use regulations for more specific information about our hunt program.
Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.
As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are 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.
To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on Bowdoin NWR, please contact us.