Ridgefield NWR Waterfowl Hunting Program
News: The Refuge is anticipating low water levels on River 'S' Unit during the fall.
River 'S' wetlands are irrigated by a series of electric pumps. Powerlines that serve the pumps are buried underground for over a mile. During the start of this season's irrigation, the pumps experienced a total power failure. Ultimately, thousands of feet of buried powerline have significantly degraded with time. Until permanent repairs can be implemented, Refuge pumps are operating via temporary powerline splices and supplemental generators. These temporary measures will reduce the pumping system's efficiency and capacity. Therefore, the Refuge is anticipating low water levels on the River 'S' into the fall. Levels will resume to normal once prolonged precipitation saturate the soils and naturally fill wetland basins.
Duck Season Opens Saturday, October 11, 2014 & Goose Season Opens November 8, 2014.
Ridgefield NWR (Zone 1 of Goose Management Area 2A) will close to goose hunting should it reach its harvest quota of dusky Canada geese.
Ridgefield NWR has provided a public waterfowl hunting area since it was established in 1965. The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act passed by Congress in 1997, identified hunting as a wildlife-dependent, priority public use for the National Wildlife Refuge System. At Ridgefield, the waterfowl hunt program is operated in a manner that is consistent and compatible with the purposes and goals of the Refuge and provides a quality experience for the hunter. This program contributes to the continuation of America's traditions and heritage in wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation.
Waterfowl hunting is permitted on approximately 760 acres of spaced blind hunting area on Ridgefield NWR in accordance with State and Federal regulations and Refuge specific conditions. On this website, you will find detailed information about hunting on the Refuge. For more information or other questions, please Contact Us.
Hunter Volunteer Work Party/Orientation to Hunt Program
A volunteer work party and Orientation to the Refuge Hunt Program will be held prior to the start of the hunt season. The hunter Orientation/Work Party will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 from 8 to noon. Please meet at the hunter checkstation.
The work party will prepare the blinds for the upcoming season. Please meet at the hunter checkstation if you can help. While dogs are helpful in retrieving waterfowl, please no dogs at the work party. If you are new to the Refuge's hunting program, this is your only preseason opportunity to explore the hunting blinds. Wetland irrigation will be in underway, so please bring waders if you plan on attending.