General migratory waterfowl (ducks and geese) season is October 10, 2015 through January 24, 2016. However, there is NO WATER IN ANY WETLAND HUNT UNITS AT STILLWATER REFUGE DURING THE ENTIRE SEASON!!. The hunt area is open north of Division Road, but harvest opportunities will be extremely limited in the dry conditions. Hunting is not allowed from Division Rd - south as this is refuge sanctuary.
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. Hunting at Stillwater NWR is only allowed north of Division Road, about 6mi north on 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 Tues - Sat., or stop by our office at 1020 New River Parkway #305 in Fallon Monday - Friday, 8 - 4:30.