Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region
 

Ridgefield NWR - 2013/2014 Waterfowl Season Summary

During the 2013-14 season, the Refuge had 1,534 hunt visits a 13.7% decrease from last season. Duck harvest was 1,797 ducks a 44.5% decline from last season. The average number of ducks per hunter decreased from 1.8 from 1.2.

The primary duck species harvested were as follows:

Northern Shoveler - 39.1%
Northern Pintail - 18.8%
Mallard - 12.6%
American Wigeon - 8.6%
Bufflehead - 5.9%

During the 2013-14 season, a total of 262 geese were harvested a 11.6% increase over last season.

Blind Productivity 2013-2014
Top Duck Blinds Top Goose Blinds
Blind Total Ducks Blind Total Geese
4 174 15 71
5 162 2 23
19 160 7 20
2 151 16 20
18 144 12 19
14 107 13a 16
10 100 1 13
13a 100 11 13
3 95 14 12
12 89 4 10
1 74 3 9
6 71 6 8
17 70 8 7
16 69 9 7
13 68 13 5
9 52 5 4
8 51 10 4
11 32 1a 1
1a 13 17 closed
7 13 18 closed
15 2 19 closed
Total 1797 Total 262

The number of hunt visits for the 2013-14 season was partial reduced due to a U.S. Government shutdown during the first two scheduled hunt days, October 12th and 15th. In addition, the refuge enacted an emergency closure on December 7th due to snowy weather and icy road conditions. This reduction in hunt days from the scheduled 44 days to 41 days, played a role in both reduced hunt visits and harvest. Generally, harvest in the general area was low this season. It should also be noted that during the week December 10th, the weather was very cold with up to 3-inches of ice on Refuge wetlands. During this week, harvest was reduced to only 34 ducks from the entire hunt area.

Useful Links:

Waterfowl Hunting Home Page

Waterfowl Hunting Regulations

Waterfowl Reservation Applications

Waterfowl Hunting Reservation Application Form

Calendar of Waterfowl Hunting Days

Map of Waterfowl Hunting Unit (1.4 MB)

Waterfowl Hunting Weekly Reports

Summary Last Season

Youth Hunt Day

Information on Avian Influenza (http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/factshts/avian_flu.htm)

Washington State Waterfowl Regulations

Last updated: July 31, 2014