Midwest Region


News Release
For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2010

Detroit Lakes WMD, (218) 847-4431

Muzzleloader Season at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge

During the Minnesota Muzzleloader deer season, Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge will be open to public hunting for deer with legal muzzleloader in accordance with State law.  The public will be allowed to hunt for deer with Muzzleloader from November 27 – December 12, 2010.  Hunters must be in accordance with state season and license requirements.  In addition to the State laws the following Federal rules will be enforced.  

- Parking is permitted in designated areas only as shown on refuge maps.
- The use of motorized vehicles is prohibited, except in designated parking areas.  All service roads and interior trails are closed to all motorized vehicles.
- Camping and overnight parking is not allowed.
- The use of nails, wire, screws or bolts to attach a stand to a tree, or hunting from a tree, into which a metal object has been driven or screwed to support a hunter, is prohibited.  Portable or temporary hunting blinds or stands can only be set up the day of the hunt, and must be removed at the end of each day.
- Any hunting equipment brought onto Hamden Refuge must be removed after each day.
- The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited.
- The destruction, defacement, disturbance, or unauthorized removal of any natural object or government property is prohibited.
- Disposing of animal carcasses, trash, refuse, rocks, wood, or other debris is prohibited.
- Cutting, moving, sawing, digging, collecting, injuring, or removing vegetation is prohibited.
- Distribution of feed or bait, or hunting over bait is prohibited.

Maps are located at parking areas on Hamden Slough NWR or by request at the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District.  For more information please contact the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District at 847-4431.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  The Service manages the National Wildlife Refuge System that includes more than 540 refuges nation wide.  Within Becker County, the Service is represented by the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, and the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District.  Becker County enjoys an impressive diversity of both plants and wildlife as a result of its location where the eastern deciduous forest meets the prairie.  Plan a visit to experience Tamarac, Hamden Slough, or one of the many Waterfowl Production Areas and enjoy your public lands.


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