Proposed Expansion of Hunting Opportunities

California Quail

Through almost all of human existence, huntable land and huntable wildlife have preceded the hunter. They caused the hunter. But in the future this must be reversed. It is the hunter who must cause huntable land and wildlife, and a world worth being young in. — John Madison, Great Grandfather of President James Madison


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes expanding hunting opportunities on Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge for the 2020-2021 season. We propose allow hunting of California quail and waterfowl (ducks, geese, and coot) on Refuge lands that are currently open to hunting, in line with State seasons and regulations. Quail hunting will provide additional opportunities for upland game bird hunters, while the waterfowl hunt simplifies hunting on State lands adjacent to the Refuge boundary. We are seeking public comments on the Draft Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment, from April 1 to April 30, 2020. Once completed, the final Hunt Plan will establish new hunting regulations and locations for refuge lands. We are seeking comments on the Draft Compatibility Determination for migratory bird and upland game bird hunting concurrently with the Draft Hunt Plan.

Comments or requests for additional information may be submitted through any of the following methods:

  • Email: sheldon-hart@fws.gov. Include “Hart Mountain Game Bird Hunting Comments” in the subject line of the message.

  • Fax: (541) 947-4414, Attention Hart Mountain Hunting Plan

  • Mail: Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife, 20995 Rabbit Hill Road, P.O. Box 111, Lakeview, OR 97630