General migratory waterfowl (ducks, geese and Tundra Swans) season is October 10, 2015 through January 24, 2016. Nevada Youth Waterfowl Hunt day is Saturday, September 26, and open statewide to youth ages 10 - 15yrs. However, there will be NO WATER IN ANY WETLAND HUNT UNITS AT STILLWATER REFUGE DURING THE ENTIRE SEASON. The hunt area will be open north of Division Road, but there will be a closure of the driving tour route located within the refuge sanctuary (closed to hunting) the first week of the season, October 9 - 19. This closure will provide protected habitat and less disturbance to migratory waterfowl at a critical time in their journey, with very limited wetland habitat available this season.
When habitat is available, hunting is one of the
more popular wildlife-dependent recreation activities at Stillwater NWR. From waterfowling to big game stalking, hunting opportunities
are available from early Fall to Spring. Huinting at Stillwater NWR is only allowed north of Division Road, about 6mi north up Hunter Road after you enter the refuge.
Hunting is limited by habitat conditions such as surface water, food, cover and weather. Resident wildlife species such as desert mule
deer, rabbits, upland game birds and coyotes can be hunted as well. Hunting
seasons are in conjunction with state of Nevada seasons and regulations for all
big and upland game species and migratory birds.
Be aware of refuge-specific restrictions for non-toxic ammunition during the different hunt seasons. No center-fire weapons (rifles, handguns) are allowed to be discharged within the refuge boundary; target shooting is strictly prohibited. Waterfowl, upland and big game hunting is only allowed with non-toxic shot or slugs. Archery and muzzle-loader weapons are also permitted for certain seasons.
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 appreciate 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. For example, because their natural predators are gone, deer populations will often grow too large for the refuge habitat to support. 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 Stillwater NWR, call 775/423-5128 ext. 228 or stop by our office at 1020 New River Parkway #305 in Fallon.