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Refuge Hunting Information

Three hunters standing in front of a truck, one of them is holding up a dead duckHunting Rules and Regulation at Benton Lake NWR

Waterfowl and upland game bird hunting is permitted on the Refuge in designated hunting areas starting with the opening of state waterfowl season and closing November 30th.  The Refuge complies with State hunting regulations, and enforces several Refuge specific hunting regulations, including:

  • Non-toxic shot only.  Hunters may not use or possess toxic (lead) shot while in the field on the Refuge.
  • Big game hunting is prohibited.
  • Motorized boats are prohibited.
  • Hunters may not enter closed areas to retrieve birds.
  • Parking is permitted in designated parking areas only.
  • Hunters may harvest ducks, geese, coots, swans (permit required), ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, and gray partridge.  ALL other species are protected on the Refuge.
For the complete list of regluations: Click here to view our hunting brochure.  Check in at the Refuge office for updated maps or regulation changes.  The hunting brochure is also located at the kiosk on the Entrance Road.
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2015
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