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"The perils of duck hunting are great - especially for the duck."

-Walter Cronkite

  • Hunting the Refuge

    Willapa National Wildlife Refuge contains more than 16,000 acres of uplands and tidelands divided into several management units.  Hunting is permitted on some, but not all.  All state regulations apply in addition to special Refuge regulations. Units and species not listed below are closed to hunting.

    More about specific refuge regulations...

    Download a 2013-14 season Refuge hunting handout…

    Get a 2013-14 season Refuge hunting map (490 KB PDF)

    Read the proposed changes for the 2014-15 Refuge Hunt Season

  • Deer

    Mainland Units (GMU 681) 

    Teal Slough south to the Bear River is open to elk and deer hunting. Refuge Headquarters and immediately north of Bear River, where Refuge quarters are located, are closed. There is private property north of Greenhead Slough to Omera Point. Access to the southeastern most portion of the Refuge requires boat access.

    The Riekkola, Lewis, Porter Point, Tarlatt and Leadbetter Units are all CLOSED to big game hunting.

    2013-2014 Season Dates: 

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 1 - 27 (2 pt. min or antlerless)

        -Late Archery Season, NOV. 27 - DEC. 8 (2 pt. min or antlerless)

        -Modern Firearm, OCT. 12 - 31 (2 pt. min)

        -Late Season Modern Firearm, NOV. 14 - 17 (2 pt. min) 

    Long Island (GMU 699)  

    Long Island is an ARCHERY ONLY hunting area. Hunting permits are required and available at no cost from the Refuge Headquarters parking lot orientation panel.

    2013-2014 Season Dates: 

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 1 - 27 (any deer)

        -Late Season Modern Firearm*, Nov 14 – 17 (Any buck)

        -Late Archery Season, NOV. 27 - DEC 15 (any deer) 

    *Hunters may hunt during the modern firearm season, but they must possess a valid modern firearm big game license and use archery equipment.

    More information about access to and camping on Long Island...

  • Elk

     Mainland Units (GMU 681) 

    Teal Slough south to the Bear River is open to elk and deer hunting. Refuge Headquarters and immediately north of Bear River, where Refuge quarters are located, are closed. There is private property north of Greenhead Slough to Omera Point. Access to the southeastern most portion of the Refuge requires boat access.

    The Riekkola, Lewis, Porter Point, Tarlatt and Leadbetter Units are all CLOSED to big game hunting.

    2013-2014 Season Dates: 

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 3 - 15 (3 pt. min or antlerless)

        -Late Season Archery, NOV. 27 - DEC. 15, (3 pt. min or antlerless)

        -Modern Firearm, NOV. 2 - 15 (3 pt. min) 

    Long Island (GMU 699)  

    Long Island is an ARCHERY ONLY hunting area. Hunting permits are required and available at no cost from the Refuge Headquarters parking lot orientation panel.

    2013-2014 Season Dates: 

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 3 - 15 (3 pt. min or antlerless)

        -Late Archery Season, NOV. 27 - DEC. 15 (3 pt. min or antlerless)

    More information about access to and camping on Long Island...

  • Bear

    Mainland Units (GMU 681) 

    Not open to bear hunting.

    Long Island (GMU 699)  

    Long Island is an ARCHERY ONLY hunting area. Hunting permits are required and available at no cost from the Refuge Headquarters parking lot orientation panel.

    2013-2014 Season Dates:  

        -General Season*, SEPT. 1 - NOV. 15 (any bear)

    *Hunters may hunt during the modern firearm season, but they must possess a valid modern firearm big game license and use archery equipment.

    More information about access to and camping on Long Island

  • Forest Grouse (Ruffed & Sooty)

    Long Island (GMU 699)  

    Long Island is an ARCHERY ONLY hunting area. Hunting permits are required and available at no cost from the Refuge Headquarters parking lot orientation panel.

    2013-2014 Season Dates: 

        -SEPT. 1 - DEC. 31, ARCHERY (4 per day/12 in possession)

    More information about access to and camping on Long Island...

  • Duck & Coot

    Waterfowl hunting is permitted 7 days/week at the Leadbetter, Potshot, North Potshot, and Stanley Peninsula Units. A Washington State Discover Pass is required to access the Leadbetter Unit from Stackpole Road. The Porter Point is open to free-roam waterfowl and coot hunting on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays during the season. The Riekkola Unit can be accessed by 67th Place from Sandridge Road in Long Beach. No hunting from roads or dikes. Lewis Unit is closed.

    2013-2014 Season Dates: 

        -SEPT. 21 - 22 (YOUTH HUNTING ONLY)

        -OCT. 12 - 16 & OCT. 19 - JAN. 26, CLOSED for scaup OCT. 12 - NOV. 1

    More about refuge specific regulations...

  • Goose

    Goose Hunting (Zone 2B) 

    Canada goose hunting is permitted on the Riekkola Unit on Wednesdays and Saturdays, until the dusky goose quota is met. Shooting hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The daily goose bag limit is 4 geese/8 in possession. Hunters must record their time and initial their harvest cards immediately as each goose is harvested. There is a 25 shell limit per day-per hunter. All hunters must check in at the end of the day regardless of success.   

    Goose hunting is allowed from blinds only. Eight hunting blinds are available with one blind available for hunters with disabilities. Blind capacity is 3 persons. Blind selection is first-come-first-serve. Hunters must self-register and pay prior to hunting (kiosk located inside the refuge gate at the Riekkola Unit). Only non-toxic shot is permitted. Hunt fee is $5.00 per person. Fees for Interagency Senior or Access Pass holders are $2.50. Age 15 and under are free. Hunters must leave their gun in the blind except to pursue crippled birds.  

    2013-2014 Season Dates: 

        -OCT. 12 - OCT. 23 & NOV 2 - JAN. 18, CLOSED OCT. 24 - NOV.1

    More about refuge specific regulations...

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Last Updated: Dec 19, 2013
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