Hunting

Picture of two hunters with flying birds in the sky.

Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, including their behavior and habitat needs.

Hunting Information

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the expansion of hunting opportunities at Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, starting in fall of 2020. Click the thumbnail below to view a short video that provides details about this exciting opportunity.

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Thank YOU!

We would like to thank all the conscientious hunters who demonstrate good citizenship while hunting at the Refuge. They follow the rules, clean up after themselves, and take pride in this being their refuge also.

General Information 

Hunting of mule deer, pronghorn, coot, duck, goose, snipe, Chukar partridge, Mourning dove, and Cottontail rabbit is permitted in designated areas of the Refuge according to Federal and State regulations. Fires and overnight camping or parking are prohibited. Camping is allowed on neighboring Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.  Hunters may enter the refuge 2 hours before sunrise, and must exit the refuge by 1.5 hours after sunset. For more detailed information, please read our hunting brochure or call 435-693-3122 ext 4.

Access

Access into hunting areas is permitted per Refuge regulations. Accessible hunting blinds are available by reservation only. Hunters must register with refuge staff to use one of these blinds.  First priority will be given to persons with disabilities.  To reserve the special access blind area, please email fishsprings@fws.gov.

Special Access Hunting Area and Blinds

Within a special-designated hunting area, accessible hunting blinds are available to persons with disabilities through advanced registration. A hunting blind is also available to all hunters by reservation only.  Please make reservations at least one week in advance by emailing your preferred hunt date, if you need an accessible blind or not, and contact information to fishsprings@fws.gov.

 

Special use blind                                                       Blind Area Sign                                                                     Entrance to Special Use Blind

Special Hunting Area Regulations

  • One reservation per person can be made at a time on a first come, first served basis.
  • A single site is not allowed to be hunted more than two days in a week. This will reduce hunting pressure at these sites and preserve a quality hunting experience.

Disabled Hunters Only Hunt Area

As depicted on the Refuge Hunting Information map, this Special Hunt Area is located immediately south of Parking Lot-2 (P2). 

  • Vehicles may be driven into the Special Hunting Area to the blind site to unload and load only. 
  • Vehicles should be parked in the P2 lot. 
  • There are four blinds in this area to choose from.  Three of the hunting blinds are designed for two people. A fourth newly installed blind is not wheelchair accessible but can otherwise be used by three people. 
  • Your party of hunters (maximum of four) must hunt together from one of those blind locations, though your party may move around.
  • The allowed hunting area is within 100 feet around each blind site. 
  • The allowed retrieval area is 100 yards past the allowed hunting area. 
  • Loaded firearms are not allowed in the retrieval area. 
  • No one may enter closed areas of the Refuge at any time.

All Hunters Hunt Area

This area is available to all hunters and is located near Parking Lot-1 (P1).  

  • Vehicle access to this area and the P1 lot is by reservation only. 
  • Vehicles may be driven to the blind site to unload and load only, but the vehicle should be parked in the P1 lot. There is one blind.  
  • You can move away from this blind if you choose to. No one may enter closed areas of the Refuge at any time.

When in doubt as to any regulation or use of the Refuge, contact a Refuge staff member.