sunset on the marsh

One of the most historical and beloved visitor uses on the Refuge is waterfowl hunting, and in fact, without the support of the hunting community, the Refuge may not have been created in 1928.

  • Refuge Hunting

    CITE by Brian Ferguson

    The Refuge has several areas open to waterfowl and pheasant hunting during the correct season. For more information on the Refuge Hunting areas, map, and regulations, download the Refuge Hunting brochure and Map (748KB PDF).  If you have a smartphone GPS app, you can use this georeferenced map (347KB PDF).  

    Pheasant hunting is allowed only in areas already open for Waterfowl Hunting.  Current Federal and State regulations for seasons, hours, bag and possession limits apply. Consult the Utah Upland Game Proclamation for more details. 

    For more information on Utah State hunting licenses, seasons and regulations, check out the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website

  • Hunting Expansion

    2017-2018 Federal Duck Stamp

    2018-2019 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations Process

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), as part of the 2018-2019 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations process, is expanding hunting on over 13,000 additional acres at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (Refuge). These additional areas will be open to waterfowl and pheasant hunting and align with State regulations for these species.

    Based on this expansion, about 39% of the Refuge will be open to migratory bird hunting, while 61% of the Refuge will remain “an inviolate sanctuary” for migratory birds. By law, at least 60% of the Refuge’s lands must “be maintained as an inviolate sanctuary for such migratory birds” (Section 690d of the refuge’s enabling legislation [16 U.S. Code §690-690h]).

    The following units will now be open to hunting in addition to the original units:

    • All of units 3G and 8.
    • Parts of: Canadian Goose, N. Nichols, Units 6, 7, and 10
    • Stauffer, White, Yates, Pintail/Lucky 7


    These expanded hunting areas will enhance wetland and upland hunting opportunities for new and existing hunters now and in the future. The Refuge would also maintain opportunities for other forms of wildlife-dependent recreation and continue providing healthy habitat for native and migratory wildlife.

    Members of the public were invited to submit comments on the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) during a 30-day public comment period from June 8 - July 8, 2018. Following the public comment period, the Service analyzed comments received, published a final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and made a final determination to expand hunting on over 13,000 acres at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in time for the 2018-2019 hunting season.

    Hunting opportunities are and will continue to be authorized and provided in accordance with Federal, State, and Tribal regulations and seasons (where applicable).

    For more information please explore the resources and additional information below.

    Resources and Additional Information

    National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Documents:

    Link to Final Environmental Assessment (EA) (6.08MB PDF)
    Link to Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (632KB PDF)
    Link to FAQs document (61KB PDF)