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Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Complex Hosts its Fourth Annual Veterans Day Waterfowl Hunt

November 11, 2021

Contact(s):

 Dana Bivens, 503-231-6210 or dana_bivens@fws.gov



RIDGEFIELD, Washington – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service celebrates its fourth annual Veterans Day Hunt at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  In partnership with the Washington Waterfowl Association and The Fallen Outdoors, the refuge will host ten to twelve first time waterfowl hunters for a day of sport in Southern Washington.  Each hunter will be paired with an experienced guide to support them during their first waterfowl hunting experience.

This unique opportunity provides veterans from all walks of life the opportunity to learn a new skill and get outside while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the outdoors.  Mentors are often veterans themselves and provide guidance, training, and support to their mentees as they learn about waterfowl hunting in the Pacific Northwest.

“We are honored to support our Veterans and offer them this unique opportunity to hunt at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge,” said Robyn Thorson, Regional Director.  “Connecting these men and women with the outdoors is one small way we can give back and say thank you for their service.”

This event would not be possible without the support of the Washington Waterfowl Association and The Fallen Outdoors, two organizations dedicated to supporting waterfowl hunting and expanding access to support service men and women.  

“It is an absolute pleasure to take veterans out and share with them the sport that we love,” said Doug Hargin, founding member of the Lower Columbia River Chapter.  “We hope that opportunities like this Veterans Day hunt will plant a seed with these new hunters that will lead to a lifetime passion for waterfowling, conservation, and recreation.” 

“Introducing new people to waterfowl hunting is going to keep this American tradition alive,” said Branden Trager, founding member and President of Fallen Outdoors. “For the veterans, they can come out and learn new skills, connect with other veterans and share stories, and hopefully develop a love for hunting that they can enjoy for decades to come.”

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.  Under this mission refuges focus on the Big Six public uses of hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, interpretation, and education, when compatible, as legitimate and appropriate uses.

When permitting hunting or fishing on a refuge, it is done to ensure sustainable wildlife populations and we work in collaboration with the state wildlife agencies.  The hunting community has long supported conservation and we are excited to partner with sportsmen and women to bring outdoor opportunities like these to our Veterans.

To learn more about hunting on national wildlife refuges please visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuges/hunting/

To learn more about Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge please visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/ridgefield/

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