Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

Ridgefield NWR - Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day

Youth Hunt Day at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Refuge Youth Hunt Day: Saturday, October 25th.

To Apply: Simply mail a postcard to Youth Hunt Day, POB 457 Ridgefield, WA 98642 - or- deliver it in person to Refuge Headquarters at 28908 NW Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA. Postcards must be RECEIVED by close of business on October 10th. On the post card please list your name, age, and a mailing address.

The Lower Columbia Chapter of the Washington Waterfowl Association will again be hosting the event. More details will be coming about the day's activities.

New to hunting, contact the Eric at (360) 887-4106 for guidance about requirements and potential assistance.

Only youth will be issued reservations to the morning hunt on this day. Therefore no adult reservations will be accepted for this day. Hunters 15 years of age or younger are eligible for this special hunting opportunity and must be accompanied by an supervising non-hunting adult at least 18 years old. Hunting fees will be waived for all youth and supervising adults. All other refuge hunting program regulations will apply. Also be careful to have appropriate small game license and free state (stamp) validation prior to the hunt. The Refuge has no ability to issue licenses or validations on the day of the hunt! Please also note, goose hunting will not be allowed during youth hunt day. Hunting on this day will be limited to ducks and coot. Supervising adults may not possess firearms in the blind until noon, when general public hunting resumes for the remainder of the hunting day.

At noon, unoccupied blinds will be assigned via a ping pong ball lottery for the general public. After the noon blind assignment, the remainder of the day will resume a typical first-come first-serve procedure to occupy vacant blinds. At noon, adults supervising youth hunters with valid licenses/stamps can hunt for the duration of the day.

Applications are due on October 10th, applicants that apply by this date will receive reservations to pick first from the available hunting blinds. Missed the deadline? If you arrive at the checkstation on the morning of Youth Hunt Day, at least 1 3/4 hours before shooting time, you will be able to choose from the blinds remaining after the reservation youth hunters. Given the typical number of applicants, there will likely be plenty of room on Youth Hunt Day. Please, consider joining the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Anderson at (360) 887-4106.

Good luck!

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: August 15, 2014