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.
We allow trapping in accordance with New York State laws and refuge specific regulations.
Refuge trapping permits are required. Obtain permits in person at the visitor contact station beginning October 1.
Marsh trappers are limited to 25 traps and stakes. Tags, which must be attached to traps, will be issued with the permit. Traps set specifically for beaver do not require tags.
Regulations are available from staff at the visitor contact station or by clicking the link below.
Trapping Fact Sheet (PDF 89 KB) (revised 2011)
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Over the years, two pairs of bald eagles have established nest sites on the refuge. Eagles start nesting behavior in January and continue until eaglets fledge in July. Eagles stay on or near the refuge for most of the year, leaving only to find open water in winter or in times of drought. When visiting Cayuga Overlook, the eagles are likely to be observed flying above.