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Description of Lower Klamath Hunt Area

Description of the Area
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge is located 25 miles south of Klamath Falls, Oregon. The Refuge straddles the OR/CA state line and is open to waterfowl and pheasant hunting. The majority of the Refuge is in California and offers a mix of marsh hunting for both boat and walk-in hunters and field hunting for geese and pheasant in both grain stubble and areas of standing grain. Approximately 5000 acres of harvested grain fields in the Oregon portion of the Refuge is known as the Oregon Straits Unit. It is open to both waterfowl and pheasant hunting with goose hunting the primary pursuit. Hunting is 7 days per week during the general state season, however, waterfowl shoot time ends at 1:00 pm on the California portion of the Refuge. Opening weekend hunts on both California and Oregon portions of Lower Klamath Refuge are under a draw permit system.

Note: A Recreation Pass is required for hunting on Lower Klamath Refuge. See the general hunt regulations for more information. Hunters are required to be in possession of the proper state and federal licenses, stamps or validations and permits when hunting in either CA or OR.

Ducks are the most commonly hunted species on Lower Klamath Refuge. To stimulate productivity, marsh units are rotated from year to year on Lower Klamath and depths vary greatly. Hunting success is usually excellent the first weekend of the season with good to excellent hunting after that. Although most of the units are open to motor boats, some motor-less and walk in areas are also available. Units 6a, 7a and 6b-1 are great for walk-in access. Decoy hunting with a trained retrieving dog is recommended. Some geese are also taken in the marsh units (Canada, white-front, snow, and cackler) but usually as an unexpected bonus. Primary species taken are: mallard, pintail, wigeon, gadwall, and shoveler.     

The Oregon portion of Lower Klamath Refuge is primarily grain stubble hunting for geese with some ducks taken early in the season or late November/December when some of the fields are flooded.   Hunting generally improves during windy weather providing some excellent late season hunting. Decoys are almost essential for a successful hunt in the Straits Unit stubble fields. Cackling Canada geese are taken sporadically and hunters should be aware of limits on this species.

Goose hunting in the field units of the California portion ranges from excellent to fair and varies greatly from year to year. Field units with standing grain are most popular producing some excellent Canada and white-front hunting early in the season and some excellent Canada hunting after Christmas. Interior field units can also produce some excellent but sporadic mallard hunting as a bonus.



Pheasant hunting can be good on the California portion of Lower Klamath.  The hunt area primarily consists of grain  and upland fields with some intermixed wetlands depending on weather conditions.  All pheasants on the refuge are wild birds and can be difficult to hunt, a well trained upland dog is highly recommended.  Hunting times and limits follow state regulations, please check your regulation booklets as these may be different between California and Oregon.  

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016
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