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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 2014-15 season Refuge hunting handout…

    Download a Riekkola goose blind map...

    Get a 2014 season Refuge visitor services map (1480 KB PDF)

     

  • 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. 

    2014-2015 Season Dates:

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 1 - 26 (2 pt. min or antlerless)

        -Late Archery Season, NOV. 26 - DEC. 8 (2 pt. min or antlerless)

        -Modern Firearm, OCT. 11 - 31 (2 pt. min)

        -Late Season Modern Firearm, NOV. 13 - 16 (2 pt. min)

    South Bay Units (GMU 684)

    Designated portions of the Riekkola, Porter Point & Lewis units are open for deer hunting.  There is a firearm restriction in these units.  The use of centerfire or rimfire rifles is prohibited.  Legal shotguns firing slugs or buckshot only.

    2014-2015 Season Dates:

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 1 - 26, (any deer)

        -Modern Firearm**, OCT. 11 - 31, (any buck)

        -Late Season Modern Firearm**, NOV. 13 - 16, (any buck)

        -Early Muzzleloader, SEPT. 27 – OCT. 5 (any buck)

        -Late Muzzleloader, NOV. 27 – DEC. 15 (any deer)

    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.

    2014-2015 Season Dates:

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 1 - 26 (any deer)

        -Late Season Modern Firearm*, Nov 13 – 16 (Any buck)

        -Late Archery Season, NOV. 26 - 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.

    **Firearm restriction. The use of centerfire or rimfire rifles is prohibited. Legal shotguns firing slugs or buckshot only.

    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.

    2014-2015 Season Dates:

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 2 - 14 (3 pt. min or antlerless)

        -Late Season Archery, NOV. 26 - DEC. 15, (3 pt. min or antlerless)

        -Modern Firearm, NOV. 1 - 12 (3 pt. min) 

    South Bay Units (GMU 684)  

    Designated portions of the Riekkola, Porter Point & Lewis units are open for elk hunting** for hunters with a special permit tag. 

    2014-2015 Season Dates (SPECIAL PERMIT ONLY):  

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 2 - 8, (antlerless)

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 9 - 15, (antlerless)

        -Early Muzzleloader, SEPT. 20 - 25 (antlerless)

        -Early Muzzleloader, OCT. 23 – 28 (antlerless)

    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.

    2014-2015 Season Dates:

        -Early Archery Season, SEPT. 2 - 14 (3 pt. min or antlerless)

        -Late Archery Season, NOV. 26 - DEC. 15 (3 pt. min or antlerless)

    **There is a firearm restriction in these units. The use of centerfire or rimfire rifles is prohibited. Legal shotguns firing slugs or buckshot only.

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

  • Bear

    Mainland Units (GMU 681)

    Not open to bear hunting.

    South Bay Units (GMU 684)

    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.

    2014-2015 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.

    2014-2015 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, Porter Point, Lewis, Potshot, North Potshot, and Stanley Peninsula Units. A Washington State Discover Pass is required to access the Leadbetter Unit from Stackpole Road. No hunting from roads or dikes. The Refuge is open to hunter 1.5 hours prior to and 1.5 hours after legal shooting hours.

    2014-2015 Season Dates:

        -SEPT. 20 - 21 (YOUTH HUNTING ONLY, excludes Riekkola Unit)

        -OCT. 11 - 15 & OCT. 18 - JAN. 25, CLOSED for scaup OCT. 11 - 31

    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 Refuge is open to hunter 1.5 hours prior to and 1.5 hours after legal shooting hours. 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.  

    2014-2015 Season Dates:

        -OCT. 11 - 25 & NOV 1 - JAN. 17, CLOSED OCT. 26 - 31

    Download the Riekkola goose blind map here...      

    More about refuge specific regulations...

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Last Updated: Oct 01, 2014
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