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Waterfowl hunting is permitted in designated areas on the Nisqually Delta and on Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge during the fall and winter hunt season.
2016 – 2017 Dates
Where You Can Hunt
Where You Can’t Hunt
Large portions of the Refuge are closed to waterfowl hunting, including the Research Natural Area and Sanctuary Area (where all visitor trails are located). Tribal lands east of the Nisqually River also are not open to public hunting. Watch for “No Hunting” or “Area Closed” signs.
Access to the Refuge Hunting Areas
Access is by boat. Luhr Beach is the closest boat ramp to the hunt areas.
Shot must be U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved non-toxic shot. All Washington State hunting regulations are in effect. There is a 25 shell limit. Check Washington State Regulations for current year information. Call the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife at (360) 902-2200 or the Refuge at (360) 753-9467 for complete information on hunting regulations.You may also visit the WDFW website: http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.
You may not enter closed areas to retrieve dead or crippled birds.
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