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Visitor Information

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal - Open for Public Comment

April 1, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes opening for hunting on 41 limited-interest national wildlife refuges and for sport-fishing on 37 limited-interest national wildlife refuges in North Dakota. We are seeking comments on this proposal April 1-30, 2020. To review the draft documents and provide comments follow the link below.

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal

Hours of Use and Contact Information

Exhibit Hall 61x61 by Brian Rotert/USFWS

The office and visitor center are open Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:30pm year round, except Federal holidays. On the weekday prior to a Federal holiday, we may be closed early. Phone: 701/442-5474, Fax: 701/442-5546, Email: audubon@fws.gov Website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/audubon

South Shore Auto Tour Route

Auto Tour Route 150x118 by USFWS

The 8-mile gravel tour route begins near the visitor center and winds along the scenic south shoreline of Lake Audubon. Highlights include views of the lake, prairie wetlands, grasslands, and opportunities to observe many species of birds, mammals, and plants. Spring and fall migration are peak times to observe large concentrations of birds on Lake Audubon and in adjacent wetlands. An auto tour route brochure interprets signs along the way.

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Hunting and Ice Fishing

Deer Hunters 61x61 by USFWS

Deer hunting (archery, rifle, and muzzleloader), and a late-season upland bird hunt for pheasant, grouse, and partridge are held on the refuge each year. Anglers may ice fish when ice covers the water. There is no open-water fishing on Audubon Refuge. Special regulations apply for the hunting and ice fishing programs. Please consult the Hunting and Ice Fishing Information and Regulations Brochure.

Hunting and Ice Fishing Information and Regulations Brochure
Watching Wildlife

Wildlife Observation Opportunities

American Avocet 61x61 by Craig Bihrle

Prairie wetlands and grasslands provide habitat for diverse wildlife species, including 246 birds, 34 mammals, 5 reptiles, 4 amphibians, and 37 fish species. Birdwatching enthusiasts seek out the elusive prairie grassland sparrows, the graceful shorebirds, and a variety of nesting or migrating waterfowl that can be observed on the refuge.

Wildlife Checklist Brochure

About the Complex

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Audubon National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Audubon National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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