Hunting is one of the priority recreational uses on National Wildlife Refuges and compatible with the mission of this refuge.

Pintail Slough Waterfowl Hunt - Quota Hunt
Changes for the 2019-2020 season

The refuge will be taking applications for the 2019-2020 waterfowl hunt season until September 15, 2019 via mail or in person between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. You can reach the office at (760) 326-3853.

The lottery drawing will take place at the Golden Shores Volunteer Fire Department on September 15, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

User Fees for Quota Hunt
The user fee is $25.00 per blind, per day. Hunters can reserve a max of 4 hunt dates via the lottery drawing. Youth ages 13 and under are not required to pay a fee when accompanied by an adult; however, they are ineligible to participate in the lottery drawing.

The Youth Waterfowl Camp will be held January 3-5, 2020.

The handicap blind is being reserved for CHAMP license hunters with disabilities.

Waterfowl Quota Hunt Drawing Results
Hunters who decide to participate should send in payment no later than Sept. 22, 2019 (COB) to keep their drawing order. View the results (right click and save link to download the pdf). The fee is $25 per hunt and is payable by personal cash, check or money order to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
317 Mesquite Avenue 
Needles, CA 92363.

Payment must be received by the due date or the drawn hunter will be disqualified. 

Remaining Pintail Slough waterfowl blinds are available for purchase at the refuge office, 317 Mesquite Ave. Needles, CA 92363. These remaining blinds are $25 and can be purchased in addition to any blinds purchased through the lottery hunt. These permits will be sold on a first-come first served basis beginning October 15th, through the hunt season until all Pintail Slough waterfowl blinds are filled.

Helpful Information:
Hunting at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Hunting at Pintail Slough
Quota Hunt Application
Hunter Report Form

Pintail Slough 2018-2019 Waterfowl Harvest Summary

Other Refuge Areas Open for Hunting

Topock Marsh - Designated portions of Topock Marsh are open to hunting.

Other Refuge Lands - Refuge lands and waters south of Castle Rock Bay to the north boundary of the city limits of Lake Havasu City.

Areas Closed to Hunting

Topock Marsh - Entry into the Topock Marsh closed area is prohibited from October 1 through the last day of the state waterfowl season (including the juniors-only hunt). The only exception is through traffic on the Levee Road and the entrance to the Bermuda goose observation tower parking lot.

Topock Gorge - Hunting is prohibited in Topock Gorge from Castle Rock Bay north to Interstate 40, including those refuge lands within a quarter mile of the waters of the Colorado River.

Hunting Opportunities (flyer)

Big Game Hunting
Hunting of desert bighorn sheep is allowed by permit only. Permits are issued by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Migratory Bird Hunting
Migratory Bird Dates, daily bag, and possession limits will be in accordance with respective federal and state regulations, except that mourning and white-winged doves may be taken in the Pintail Slough Management Unit only during the September season.

Quail & Cottontail Rabbits
Dates, daily bag and possession limits will be in accordance with respective federal and state regulations, except in the Pintail Slough management unit where hunting of cottontail and quail is permitted only before the state waterfowl hunt season and after the state junior waterfowl hunt.

Feral Hogs
The refuge is not currently open to feral hog hunting.

Refuge-Specific Hunting Regulations
  • We only allow take of those species specifically listed. 
  • We allow hunting of mourning and white-winged dove, duck, coot, moorhen, goose, common snipe, quail, cottontail rabbit, and desert bighorn sheep on designated areas of the refuge. All other species are prohibited. 
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law.
  • Havasu NWR is a non-toxic shot zone, use or possession of toxic shot, in the field, is prohibited with the exception of the Desert Bighorn Sheep hunt.
  • Use of rifles is prohibited (with the exception of Desert Bighorn Sheep hunts).
  • Target shooting or the discharge of a weapon except to hunt is not permitted. 
  • Motorized vehicles may operate on designated roadways only and must be “street legal” i.e. licensed, insured and equipped to operate on highways according to Arizona state laws. 
  • Pits, permanent blinds and stands, trail or scouting cameras, and baiting are prohibited. 
  • The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited. 
  • Temporary blinds, boats, hunting equipment, and decoys must be removed following each day’s hunt. 
  • Guide service providers must obtain a Special Use Permit from the refuge on which they provide services. 
  • No fires. 
  • No camping. 
  • No falconry.

Accidents or Injury
Accidents involving damage to property, injury to the public or injury to wildlife that occur within the boundaries of any national wildlife refuge are to be reported as soon as possible. During business hours contact the Refuge Manager at (760)326-3853 and after hours and on weekends call 1-800-637-9152.