Refuge lands are accessible year round for the enjoyment of wildlife observation and nature photography.
Muzzleloader deer season is open throughout the refuge in accordance with state season and regulations.Youth waterfowl hunt is permitted during state one day season on refuge lands only within Audubon and Riceville Townships of Becker County. All refuge lands within Hamden Township are closed to youth waterfowl hunt. All other hunting, trapping and fishing seasons are closed to public use within Hamden Slough Refuge. Hamden Slough Refuge rules and regulations are posted in the Minnesota state hunting regulations brochure within the FEDERAL LANDS portion.
Please contact refuge law enforcement with any questions at 218-844-3423.
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See the spectacular annual mating ritual of the Greater Prairie Chicken in an activity known as “booming”. This primitive ceremony pits bird against bird as male chickens stake out territory to attract hens for mating. The most dominate and aggressive males will hold the center of the “booming ground”, which is called a lek.