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Hunting

Geese_512x219Hunting is one of the priority recreational uses on National Wildlife Refuges and compatible with the mission of this refuge.
 

Pintail Slough Waterfowl Hunt (flyer)
Changes for the 2012-2013 season

Reservations
The refuge will be taking reservations for the 2012-2013 waterfowl hunt season on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 via telephone. Call the office at (760) 326-3853.

Blinds not reserved during the reservation period or that are not used by the person with a reservation will be made available to standby hunters through a lottery drawing.

User Fees
The user fee has increased to $15.00 per person, per day. Youth ages 13 and under are not required to pay a fee when accompanied by an adult; however, they are ineligible to participate in the daily blind lottery or reservations.

Goose Fields
Beginning this fall, hunters can draw for the opportunity to hunt one of three available goose fields on both Saturday and Sunday. Groups of up to four hunters can hunt each available field.

Youth Hunt
The refuge, in partnership with Arizona Game and Fish Department, will be conducting a youth hunter education hunt/camp January 4-6, 2013. Blind reservations will not be available for those dates.

Waterfowl Lottery Drawing
Access for those who wish to hunt Pintail Slough can also be obtained by participation in the daily lottery. All hunters who wish to participate in the daily lottery drawing for an unreserved blind or, on Saturday’s and Sunday’s an available goose field, must be present one hour and thirty minutes prior to legal shooting. All hunters present at the time of the drawing will be issued a numbered ticket. Tickets with corresponding numbers will be drawn randomly until all blinds are assigned for that day.

Helpful Information:
Hunting on Havasu National Wildlife Refuge flyer
Hunting at Pintail Slough flyer
 

Other Refuge Areas Open for Hunting 

Topock Marsh - Designated portions of Topock Marsh are open to hunting.


Other Refuge Lands - Refuge lands and waters south of Castle Rock Bay to the north boundary of the city limits of Lake Havasu City.

Areas Closed to Hunting 

Topock Marsh - Entry into the Topock Marsh closed area is prohibited from October 1 through the last day of the state waterfowl season (including the juniors-only hunt). The only exception is through traffic on the Levee Road and the entrance to the Bermuda goose observation tower parking lot.

Topock Gorge - Hunting is prohibited in Topock Gorge from Castle Rock Bay north to Interstate 40, including those refuge lands within a quarter mile of the waters of the Colorado River.

Hunting Opportunities (flyer)
Big Game Hunting
Hunting of desert bighorn sheep is allowed by permit only. Permits are issued by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Migratory Bird Hunting
Migratory Bird Dates, daily bag, and possession limits will be in accordance with respective federal and state regulations, except that mourning and white-winged doves may be taken in the Pintail Slough Management Unit only during the September season.

Quail & Cottontail Rabbits
Dates, daily bag and possession limits will be in accordance with respective federal and state regulations, except in the Pintail Slough management unit where hunting of cottontail and quail is permitted only before the state waterfowl hunt season and after the state junior waterfowl hunt.

Feral Hogs
The refuge is not currently open to feral hog hunting.
 
Refuge-Specific Hunting Regulations
  • We only allow take of those species specifically listed. 
  • We allow hunting of mourning and white-winged dove, duck, coot, moorhen, goose, common snipe, quail, cottontail rabbit, and desert bighorn sheep on designated areas of the refuge. All other species are prohibited. 
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32). 
  • Target shooting or the discharge of a weapon except to hunt is not permitted. 
  • Motorized vehicles may operate on designated roadways only and must be “street legal” i.e. licensed, insured and equipped to operate on highways. 
  • Pits, permanent blinds and stands, trail or scouting cameras, and baiting are prohibited. 
  • The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited. 
  • Temporary blinds, boats, hunting equipment, and decoys must be removed following each day’s hunt. 
  • Guide service providers must obtain a Special Use Permit from the refuge on which they provide services. 
  • No fires. 
  • No camping. 
  • No falconry.

Accidents or Injury
Accidents involving damage to property, injury to the public or injury to wildlife that occur within the boundaries of any national wildlife refuge are to be reported as soon as possible. During business hours contact the Refuge Manager at (760)326-3853 and after hours and on weekends call 1-800-637-9152. 


Helpful Information

Hunting on Havasu National Wildlife Refuge flyer

Hunting at Pintail Slough flyer

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2012
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