Fall Hunting and Management Update 2017



Benton Lake NWR Hunting Update 2017

The refuge hunt area will be open for the special youth only waterfowl and pheasant hunt on September 23rd and 24th; general season waterfowl, sharp-tailed grouse, and gray partridge (Huns) on September 30th ;  and pheasant on October 7th.  This season returns to the traditional hunt areas of 4C, 5, and 6. Unit 4B will be closed to hunting this year.  Unit 5 on the Refuge will receive supplemental water and will be the primary waterfowl hunting unit. Small amounts of water may leak through stop logs into Units 4C and 6, but there will be limited, if any, waterfowl hunting opportunities in those units.  The Lower Marsh Road will close on September 22 and hunters will not be allowed to use the road to access Unit 4C. The Refuge is open for hunters two hours before legal sunrise and closes two hours after legal sunset. All hunters and gear must be off the Refuge during closed hours.  Hunters are reminded that all vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas and access to Refuge hunting areas from other than authorized Refuge parking areas is prohibited. The Refuge closes to all hunting on November 30.  

 Hunting regulations and maps are available in the refuge office from 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, and at the refuge entrance road kiosk.  We encourage waterfowl hunters, in particular, to contact the refuge for any updates as we get closer to the season opener.

For more information, please contact Bob Johnson, Deputy Refuge Manager at 406-727-7400 x226.