2010 Hunting Regulations
Imperial National Wildlife Refuge protects 30 miles of wildlife habitat
along the lower Colorado River in Arizona and California. The 25, 125 acre refuge is one
of over 500 throughout the United States managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service, a federal agency within the Department of Interior.
Stop at the Visitor Center
for brochures, maps, and other information. The Center is staffed Monday to Friday, 7:30
AM - 4:00 PM year-round, and Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM from November 15 to
The regulations listed below supplement the general regulations that govern hunting on
wildlife refuges as set forth in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations. Hunting is also in
accordance with applicable state regulations and state seasons. Visit the Arizona Game and Fish Department website for more
information about state hunting regulations.
The following species may be taken on refuge lands during applicable state seasons:
Gambels quail, fox, coyote, ducks, coots, geese, white winged dove, mourning dove,
deer (archery and general season), and desert bighorn sheep. Cottontail rabbit may be
taken from September 1 to the end of the state season. All species not listed are
protected and may not be hunted.
Hunting is permitted only on those portions of the refuge marked as such on the map
within this brochure. (Contact refuge headquarters for a copy of the hunt map.)
Nontoxic shot is required for hunting ducks, geese, coot, doves, quail, and cottontail
rabbit. Possession or use of lead shot while hunting on the refuge is illegal.
All firearms in vehicles or in watercraft under power shall be unloaded and cased or
Construction of permanent structures on refuge lands is prohibited. Temporary blinds may
be used but must be removed at the end of each day.
Field possession of game animals is prohibited in closed areas of the refuge.
Neither hunters or dogs may enter closed areas to retrieve dead or wounded game.
Decoys must be removed by the end of each day.
Travel in wilderness areas is by foot or horseback only.
Report accidents or injuries to the Refuge Manager and State agencies.
Vehicles are permitted on designated routes only. No off-roading!
Target shooting, pit blinds, overnight camping, open fires, and collecting firewood are
not permitted at any time.
It is illegal to remove, deface, or damage rocks, minerals, semi-precious stones, Native
American artifacts, paleontological objects, or objects of antiquity.