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.

Interactive hunting map

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.

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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.

You can find California hunting regulations here...

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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.

You can find Nevada hunting regulations here...

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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.

You can find Oregon hunting regulations here...