Visitor Activities

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Enjoying a waterfowl hunt on a Waterfowl Production Area 



  • Wildlife Observation and Photography

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your nearest Waterfowl Production Area or National Wildlife Refuge!  Wildlife observation is the most popular activity for visitors to these refuge lands, and many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians can be observed.


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  • Hunting

    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor past-time, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs. As practiced on refuge lands, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management.  For example, because their natural predators are gone, deer populations will often grow too large for the refuge habitat to support. 

    Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the Refuge System.


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  • Fishing

    In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, the Refuge System offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities.  Fishing programs promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on all lands and waters in the Refuge System.  Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers help them have a wonderful fishing experience.

    Quality fishing opportunities are available on more than 270 national wildlife refuges.  Visitors can experience virtually type of sport fishing on the continent.   Find more information with our on-line Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuge. 

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