Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

September 16, 2011

Contact: Cris Dippel,, (970) 365-3613, or
              Dan Schadd,, (435) 545-2522

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Announces Opening of Ouray National Wildlife Refuge to Limited Elk Hunting

Ouray National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), in Randlett, Utah, has increased its public big game hunting opportunities this year by opening the refuge to elk hunting for the first time. To avoid conflicts with other uses, including waterfowl hunting and to minimize disturbance of migratory birds during peak migration periods, elk hunting opportunities are limited to specific seasons.

elk hunting at ouray national wildlife refugeSpecifically, the refuge is open to the youth elk hunt only for the September season. The refuge will also be open for the Uintah Basin extended archery season starting Oct. 1. Elk hunting will also be permitted during the limited late-season anterless elk season, and for the state-managed hunter depredation pool, and other disabled/youth elk hunts in accordance with state and refuge regulations. All hunters must possess the appropriate Utah state elk hunting license for the season they participate in. Designated areas within the refuge boundary are closed to hunting. Check with the refuge office at (435) 545-2522 ext. 11, for closure area detail.

The refuge has also been opened for turkey hunting for the first time. Ouray NWR turkey hunts are restricted to licensed youth hunters only, in accordance with Utah state youth seasons.

To find hunting programs offered in the National Wildlife Refuge System, please visit:

To find the final regulations in the Federal Register please visit:

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