National Wildlife Refuge System
Your Guide to Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges
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Introduction

"The sweetest hunts are stolen. To steal a hunt, either go far into the wilderness where no one has ever been, or else find some undiscovered place under everybody’s nose."
-Aldo Leopold,
A Sand County Almanac

Widely acknowledged as the father of wildlife conservation in America, Aldo Leopold was writing about quail hunting in his beloved Wisconsin. But he could have been referring to the National Wildlife Refuge System. Where better to “steal a hunt” either in a remote corner or under everybody’s nose?

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Getting the Most From Your Hunting

State and Federal Regulations

Everyone who hunts on a national wildlife refuge must have the required state license(s). (State government links are provided under under the State Licenses tab.) Some refuges also require their own permits and/or user fees. These are noted in this guide.


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Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska

Alaska: The very word conjures up images of abundant big game, beautiful scenery, solitude and rugged outdoor adventure. For many hunters, Alaska is a dream destination and a hunt in the “Last Frontier” will likely exceed even the highest of expectations.

The nation’s largest state also contains the largest wildlife refuges. Here, refuges span hundreds of thousands, even millions of acres that are home to some of the most challenging big game — Dall sheep, Alaskan brown bear, mountain goat, caribou, moose and musk ox.


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Last updated: November 21, 2012