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Waterfowl Hunting

Hunting PagesIroquois National Wildlife Refuge is open to hunting during most New York State hunting seasons in accordance with New York State laws and refuge specific regulations. Refuge permits are required for all hunting on the refuge. Printed regulations are available from staff at the visitor contact station, in boxes located in the parking lot of the visitor contact station, or by clicking the links below:

The refuge is currently reviewing our hunt program and some information below is subject to change. Please check back periodically to make sure you are in compliance with the most recent rules and regulations.

The refuge is not open to waterfowl hunting during the State's nuisance goose season in September.

Consult the Refuge Waterfow Hunting Fact Sheet for general hunting informationby clicking on the link below.

  • Waterfowl Hunting Fact Sheet
  • 2014 Waterfowl Hunt Stand Map (All stands are open except for some of the free roam area stands. There are currently 3 free roam area stands available. More will be opened throughout the season as conditions change.)
  • Young Waterfowlers Program and Youth Waterfowl Hunt Fact Sheet (coming soon!)

This year (2014), the Youth Waterfowl Hunt on the Refuge will be held on Saturday, October 4. 

Use this form to enter the reserved waterfowl hunt days lottery and to pre-register for the Young Waterfowler's Program: Waterfowl Lottery Application

Instructions for completing the Waterfowl Lottery Application Form:

To enter the reserved hunt days lottery:

  1. Complete items 1, 2, and 3.
  2. In Item 4 list the two dates in order of preference.
  3. Sign at Item 7. For junior hunters, parent/guardian must also sign on the line provided.
  4. Leave "Hunt Location Choices" blank. These will be selected on the day of the hunt.

To pre-register for the Young Waterfowler's Program/Youth Hunt:

  1. Complete Items 1,2 3, and 6A.
  2. In Item 6, select "Youth Hunt" from the drop down menu (or write in).
  3. Sign at Item 7. Parent/guardian must also sign on the line provided.
  4. Leave "Hunt Location Choices" and "Hunt Date Choices" blank. Locations will be selected on the day of the hunt. The date of the hunt is the first Sunday of the regular waterfowl season.

Mail or hand carry applications to the Refuge office at: Iroquois NWR, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013.

All forms must be received August 15 - September 15 by close of business. 

Hunters with disabilities

  • We hold a special lottery to select hunters to use the two accessible hunt stands for opening day. Stand 5 is the floating dock in Mohawk Pool and Stand 16 is on Olsen Marsh.
  • To be eligible, the applicant must have a permanent disability which severely limits one or more major life activities and has documentation of that disability or possesses an American the Beautiful Access Pass or Golden Access Passport.
  • To reserve on of the accessible stands for opening day, hunters must submit a Waterfowl Lottery Application. The application can be obtained in person, by mail, email or downloaded by clicking the link above.
  • Complete Items 1, 2, and 3.
  • In Item 4 write the date for opening day.
  • In Item 5 (Hunt location Choices) list in order of preference the two available stands.
  • Sign the application where indicated.
  • Mail or hand carry applications to the refuge office at: Iroquois NWR, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013.
  • We will select hunters through a random drawing. The first person drawn will receive their first choice. The second person drawn will be given the remaining stand. If only one stand is listed we assume the applicant is not interested in it. If the only choice is already filled and there is not second choice, we will go to the next applicant until both stands are filled. Those selected will receive a phone call.
  • On all other hunt days, interested hunters must call to reserve a stand the day before the date desired. For instance if you want to hunt on Tuesday, you must call on Monday between the hours of 7:30 am – 4 pm.
  • The permit allows for one able-bodied helper who may also hunt.
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2014
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