Pacific Southwest RegionCalifornia, Nevada and Klamath Basin
Hunting on your National Wildlife Refuges
A father and son after a youth hunt on Delevan National Wildlide Refuge in 2013. Credit: USFWS
Hunting - A Valued Outdoor Tradition
Hunting is one of our nation's most valued outdoor traditions, a tradition that dates to the early 1900s. Today, more than 330 refuges are open to the public for hunting – seasonally and in accordance with state regulations. The Service's 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation found that more than 11.5 million Americans aged 16 and older (281,000 in California, 81,000 in Nevada) hunted in 2016.
Click on the image to access our interactive map containing hunting information on National Wildlife Refuges across the country.
Hunters spent $26 billion on trips, equipment, licenses and other items to support their hunting activities in 2016.
Several National Wildlife Refuges in California, Nevada and Oregon’s Klamath Basin offer opportunities for excellent hunting. In general, refuges open areas to fishing and seasonal hunting of migratory game birds (waterfowl) upland game or big game when compatible with sound wildlife management, and the purposes for which the refuge was established.
For hunting at refuges across the United States, check out our interactive Guide to Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges map shown at left, and click on a National Wildlife Refuge to explore hunting opportunities.
California Hunting Regulations
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value, and their benefits to people. The department is responsible for the diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses.
Nevada Hunting Regulations
The Nevada Department of Wildlife is the state agency responsible for the restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Nevada's waters.
Oregon Hunting Regulations
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency responsible for the restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Oregon's waters.
National Wildlife Refuges Open to Hunting
Ash Meadows | Map | Directions
Bear Valley NWR | Map | Directions
Clear Lake NWR | Map | Directions
Colusa NWR | Map | Directions
Delevan NWR | Map | Directions
Desert NWR | Map | Directions
Don Edwards-SF Bay NWR | Map | Directions
Humboldt Bay NWR | Map | Directions
Kern NWR | Map | Directions
Klamath Marsh NWR | Map | Directions
Lower Klamath NWR | Map | Directions
Merced NWR | Map | Directions
Modoc NWR | Map | Directions
Pahranagat NWR | Map | Directions
Sacramento NWR/NWRC | Map | Directions
Salinas River NWR | Map | Directions
San Luis NWRC | Map | Directions
San Pablo Bay NWR | Map | Directions
Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWRC | Map | Directions
Stillwater NWR | Map | Directions
Stone Lakes NWR | Map | Directions
Sutter NWR | Map | Directions
Tule Lake NWR | Map | Directions
Upper Klamath NWR | Map | Directions
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