Hunting

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2020-21 Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR Waterfowl Hunting Brochure

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has 570 acres of refuge waters and tidelands open to waterfowl hunting at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge for the 2019-2020 season.  The expansion extends north of and adjacent to the previous hunt area.  This provides a total of 1,197 acres of Service and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife-owned lands within the Refuge boundary that are open to waterfowl hunting. 

Hunting access is by boat only.  The estuary restoration area (Sanctuary) and Research Natural Area (RNA) remains closed to hunting and boating to provide adequate wildlife sanctuary.

Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is permitted in designated areas on the Nisqually Delta and on Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge during the fall and winter hunt season.

2020-2021 Dates

  • Youth Hunt: February 6, 2021
  • Geese: October 17, 2020 to October 29, 2020 and November 7 to January 31, 2021
  • Ducks (excluding scaup): October 17, 2020 to October 25, 2020 and October 28, 2020 to January 31, 2021
  • Scaup: November 7, 2020 to January 31, 2021
  • Active Military and Veterans:  February 6, 2021

 

Where You Can Hunt

  1. Federal Lands – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service owns and manages about 3000 acres of the Nisqually Delta as Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  With the expansion of 380 acres, the Refuge has a total of 570 acres open to waterfowl hunting. 
  2. State Lands – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife owns and manages three parcels of land within the approved Refuge boundary which are open to waterfowl hunting. 
  3. Waterfowl hunting is also allowed on the Black River Unit, located south of Olympia and Black Lake. The area is accessible only by boat and hunters must not set foot on land.

 

Where You Can’t Hunt

Large portions of the Refuge are closed to waterfowl hunting, including the Research Natural Area and Sanctuary Area (where all visitor trails are located). Tribal lands east of the Nisqually River also are not open to public hunting. Watch for “No Hunting” or “Area Closed” signs.

 

Access to the Refuge Hunting Areas

Access is by boat. Luhr Beach is the closest boat ramp to the hunt areas.

 

Regulations

Shot must be U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved non-toxic shot. All Washington State hunting regulations are in effect. There is a 25 shell limit. Check Washington State Regulations for current year information. Call the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife at (360) 902-2200 or the Refuge at (360) 753-9467 for complete information on hunting regulations.You may also visit the WDFW website: http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.

 

Retrieving Birds

You may not enter closed areas to retrieve dead or crippled birds.

DOI NR 2019-2020 Station-Specific Hunting and Fishing Final Rule

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