Rules and Regulations

NWR boundary sign

In order to protect Wetland Management District resources, reduce competing uses, and safeguard visitors, it is necessary to establish regulations on the use of the District. Your cooperation is necessary to help us properly manage the Refuge and its wildlife.


The regulations below apply to Tew, Spidel and Clark’s Fork Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs).

Hunting, Trapping and Firearms
Hunting for big game, waterfowl and upland game birds in compliance with all applicable State hunting regulations is permitted. 

Trapping is permitted on Waterfowl Production Areas in compliance with all state regulations.

Blinds

Portable blinds, tree stands and other personal property used for wildlife observation, photography or hunting must be removed each day.

Non-toxic Shot  

Steel or other non-toxic shot must be used to harvest waterfowl and upland game birds. Possession of lead shot in the field is prohibited.  

Firearms

Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge Systems lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with a legal hunt for which the hunter is licensed. Firearms or bows may not be discharged at any other time. 

Target shooting is prohibited.

Fishing and Boating

Fishing, in compliance with all applicable State regulations, is allowed except in the wetland at Clark’s Fork WPA.

Non-motorized boats are allowed on the wetlands for hunting but they must be hand-carried into the WPAs.

Camping and Hiking

Camping and fires are prohibited on the WPAs.

Hiking is allowed throughout all WPAs.

Collection of Wildlife, Natural Items and Artifacts

Collecting any wildlife species is prohibited; this includes but is not limited to, snakes, lizards, turtles and their eggs.

Collection of shed antlers, skulls or any natural items is prohibited.

Do not remove cultural items or artifacts.