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.

  • 20/21 Hunting Program Update

    Updated: August 5th, 2020

    Site and Regional management are currently working on adjustments to the program that minimize safety concerns during the pandemic and follow county regulations during current and future phases. Revised program processes and materials, including the reservation lottery application, is estimated to be available sometime in the third week of August. We are working hard to create a program that mimics what the community is used to as much as possible while doing what we can to minimize health risks to both visitors and staff.  

    Hunters new to the program are encouraged to look over this website and last years regulations as that will give you a good idea of how the program works. As staff work adjusted schedules and many are on telework status, calls and emails may take longer to reply to. Any new information will be posted to this site as soon as it becomes available. 

    We thank you for your support and patience. 

  • Hunting on the Refuge

    Waterfowl hunting is permitted on approximately 760 acres of the Refuge in a spaced blind hunting area adjacent to the AutoTour 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 Season Updated Documents will be posted here in August of 2020

    2019/2020 Hunting Regulations, Check station Procedures, Calendar, Fees, and Blind Information

    Hunt Area Map

    Link to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Regulations website

  • 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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  • 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. 

    Successful reservation applicants are randomly selected by a computer drawing. Only one application per person is allowed. Each applicant has the opportunity to apply for thirty hunt days per season at $1.00 per date selected.  Reservations are not transferable. 

    The reservation application period for the 2019/2020 season is closed. A new system for the 2020/2021 season will go up in August 2020.

  • 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.