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Riverboat Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Youth Hunt Article Banner 512.372Youth waterfowl hunting at the Riverboat Unit provides safe and quality opportunities to harvest game while introducing young people to the hunting heritage, education opportunities, and mentorships.    The waterfowl hunt program is operated in a manner that is consistent and compatible with the purposes and goals of the refuge. 

Waterfowl Hunting Overview

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge offers youth hunters ages 17 and under with an opportunity to hunt ducks, geese, and coots during youth hunt days only.  All other species of wildlife not listed are protected.  

All youth must have passed a hunter education course, have their own hunting license, state waterfowl validation and migratory HIP (Harvest Information Program), federal waterfowl stamp and be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older.  All those who plan on being in the blind must attend a mandatory orientation at the refuge prior to their hunt date, this includes hunter and non-hunter participants. If you do not attend the mandatory orientation you cannot attend the youth hunt and you will forfeit your blind. 

Download a fact sheet here.

Download an application here.

2015 Orientation Dates

Saturdays: October 24, 2015; November 7, 2015, December 5, 2015, 9:00am-12:00pm. 
All orientations will take place at Tualatin River NWR, in the Riparian Room at the Wildlife Center (19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood, OR 97140).

2015-2016 Youth Hunt Dates

October 31,2105; November 15, 2015; November 28, 2015; December 13, 2015; December 26, 2015; and January 10, 2016.   

Application and Registration Procedures

Applications will be accepted by postal mail, email, or in-person delivery to the Refuge Administrative Office.  This application must be postmarked, emailed or delivered no earlier than September 1 and received no later than October 15.  Only one application per youth hunter may be submitted.  Applications that are unreadable or do not follow guidelines will be excluded.  Download an application here. A confirmation letter with a blind number and date selected will be sent to you a minimum of 14 days in advance of the first hunt day of the season (October 31, 2015). 


 Blind 1 provides improved access to hunters with disabilities.  To qualify for preference in using the blind, hunters with disabilities must possess and Oregon Disabilities hunting and Fishing Permit issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  (See for more information.)

Find more detailed information here


Contact Mark Newell, Visitor Services Manager, 503.625.5944 ext. 228 or at

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015
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