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.

  • 2020/2021 Program Update

    Updated: September 11, 2020 

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the follow changes must be followed to maintain hunter, staff and community safety:

    • Exact change (cash) is required for hunter daily recreation fees, duck stamps and season passes. No change will be provided. Checks and money orders made payable to USFWS will also be accepted.
    • Only hunting parties with a reservation holder will be permitted to check-in for the morning draw  and must be signed in present no later than 1 hour and 45 minutes before legal shooting time.
    • All standby hunting opportunities will begin at 10 am. Unassigned blinds that will be available for 10 am standby hunters will be announced daily on the hunter hotline, (360) 571-2015 by 8:30 am.
    • Blinds will not be refilled within a hunt day. Blinds will be left vacant until the following hunt day to allow for virial degradation.
    • After check-in, you must wait in your car. You will be called by AM radio for your blind assignment. Only one party at a time (≤ 3 individuals) will be allowed under the awning at a time.


  • Hunting on the Refuge

    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

    Calendar & Fees

    Hunt Area Map

    Link to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Regulations website

  • Veteran's Hunt - February 6th

    On Saturday, February 6, 2021, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will participate in the statewide special hunt for military veterans, active duty military, and youth hunters. This hunt will be conducted on a standby basis only. No reservations have been issued for this hunt day. Also, no user fees will be charged for this special hunt.

    Blind assignments will begin with an early lottery conducted at 5:15 am. Hunters should arrive at the check station between 4:40 am and 5:05 am to ensure they are signed in on time. The River “S” refuge gate on Hillhurst Road will open at about 4:35 am.

    If any hunt blinds are not used by the early hunters, they will be made available by a second lottery conducted at 10:00 am. Blinds available for the 10 AM Lottery will be announced on the hunter hotline (360-571-2015) by 7:00 am. Hunters should arrive at the check station between 9:30 am and 9:50 am to participate in the 10 AM Lottery. (NOTE: If all blinds are used by early hunters, there will be no further blind assignments that day.)

    In accordance with Washington State regulations (WAC 220-416-060), veterans and active military hunters must present one of the following documents, or a copy, in order to check-in for this hunt:

    DD214 – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty
    Veteran Benefit Card
    Retired Active Military I.D.
    Active Duty Military I.D.

    Youth hunters, under 16 years of age, must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who is not hunting.

    Please refer to the Washington Game Bird and Small Game Hunting Regulations Guide for additional information regarding this statewide special hunt day.

  • 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

  • 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. 

    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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  • 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.