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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

    Waterfowl hunting season begins October 1st.   

    September 24th Press Release about Water Conditions 

    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 Hunting & Fishing brochure or call the front desk at 435-723-5887 Monday -Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. 

    Hunters are not allowed to “scout” on federal refuges prior to opening day of hunt season.  Refuge management has not authorized public entry or use into the hunting units outside of the state waterfowl hunting season.  Utah Waterfowl Management Areas (state areas) are open 2 weeks prior opening day for scouting, this is different from the Refuge. 

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


  • Water / Road Conditions

    High water levels and Road conditions

  • Willard Spur Hunting Blocks Map

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    There are two hunting areas at the southern boundary of the Refuge called Hunting Blocks C.  They are accessible by boat launched from the Willard State Park public boat launch, but please note - the areas north of the blocks are always closed to public access, so please download this WILLARD SPUR HUNTING BLOCKS C map for directions and GPS coordinates to these hunting areas.

  • Bird Surveys

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    SWAN SURVEY:   The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conducts an aerial swan survey once a week during the fall, you can see their results by clicking the following Link. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

    REFUGE BIRD SURVEYS: The Refuge conducts monthly bird surveys.   The Waterbird Survey includes: waterfowl, shorebirds, herons and egrets, and raptors. The General Survey includes mainly songbirds and raptors. View Refuge Surveys here.


Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016
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