Waterfowl Hunting

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At Ridgefield, the waterfowl hunt program is operated in a manner that is consistent and compatible with the purposes and goals of the Refuge and provides a quality experience for the hunter. This program contributes to the continuation of America's traditions and heritage in wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation.

  • Hunting on the Refuge

    The 2000-2021 Waterfowl Hunting Season on the Refuge has come to a close. Materials from the season as well as harvest reports will remain on this site for reference. 

    Check back here in July 2021 for next seasons updated forms and processes. 

    2000-20021 Season Information

    Waterfowl hunting is permitted on approximately 760 acres of the Refuge in a spaced blind hunting area adjacent to the Auto Tour Route.  This program is run in accordance with State and Federal regulations and Refuge specific conditions to ensure a safe and quality experience for all visitors.

    Hunting days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during the WA state waterfowl hunt season. Exceptions include any Federal holidays falling on those days. There are no early or late season dates open on the refuge. 

    2020/2021 Hunting Regulations

    Hunt Area Map

    Link to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Regulations website

  • Reservations

    Reservations give hunters first blind picks during the morning check-in.  However, having a reservation is not a requirement to participate in the hunt program. 

    The application period is now closed for the 2020/21 season. Check back in July 2021 for updated lottery application instructions.

    Due to the limited number of hunting blinds available, applicants will be selected based on a randomly selected lottery drawing for each day in the season. Applying for a hunting date and paying the fee does not guarantee you a spot for that date, only a chance at being selected.


  • Harvest Reports

    Refer here for links to the weekly harvest reports of waterfowl by blind. A brief summary of this information is also updated at the hunter hotline at (360) 571-2015. This information will also be posted at the check station to assist in blind selection prior to the morning blind assignment.

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  • Disabled Access

    Two hunting blinds with wheelchair access are available

     
    Blind 1A is for exclusive use by disabled hunters possessing a Federal Access pass and/or a State disability endorsement on their license. This blind may also be occupied by hunters or non-hunters who are assisting the disabled hunter(s). 1A is assigned during either the reservation or standby hunter process, whichever is applicable. Please notify the check station operator during hunter sign-in if you are requesting use of Blind 1A. 
     
    Blind 8, although accessible, is not reserved for disabled hunters, and is assigned along with all other blinds during the normal process.

    Passes - Disabled hunters must have one of the above mentioned pass/endorsement at time of check in. These passes are NOT available at the Refuge at this time due to the Covid19 related office closure. 
     

    USGS Website for Access Pass

  • Avian Influenza

    Again, this season Ridgefield NWR is participating in a multi-agency monitoring program for avian influenza in migratory waterfowl. Refuge personnel may swab the cloaca of harvested waterfowl for cultures for laboratory analysis. The Refuge asks your cooperation in gathering these cultures for avian influenza testing.  Information on Avian Influenza from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.