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Waterfowl Hunting

Hunting PagesIroquois National Wildlife Refuge is open to hunting during most New York State hunting seasons in accordance with New York State laws and refuge specific regulations. Refuge permits are required for all hunting on the refuge. Printed regulations are available from staff at the visitor contact station, in boxes located in the parking lot of the visitor contact station, or by clicking the links below:

The refuge is currently reviewing our hunt program and some information below is subject to change. Please check back periodically to make sure you are in compliance with the most recent rules and regulations.

The refuge is not open to waterfowl hunting during the State's nuisance goose season in September.

Consult the Refuge Waterfowl Hunting Fact Sheet for general hunting information by clicking on the link below.

Use this form to enter the reserved waterfowl hunt days lottery and to pre-register for the Youth Waterfowler's Program: Waterfowl Lottery Application

Instructions for completing the Waterfowl Lottery Application Form:

To enter the reserved hunt days lottery:

  1. Complete items 1, 2, and 3.
  2. In Item 4 list the two dates in order of preference.
  3. Sign at Item 7. For youth hunters, parent/guardian must also sign on the line provided.
  4. Leave "Hunt Location Choices" blank. These will be selected on the day of the hunt.

To pre-register for the Youth Waterfowler's Program/Youth Hunt:

  1. Complete Items 1,2 3, and 6A.
  2. In Item 6, select "Youth Hunt" from the drop down menu (or write in).
  3. Sign at Item 7. Parent/guardian must also sign on the line provided.
  4. Leave "Hunt Location Choices" and "Hunt Date Choices" blank. Locations will be selected on the day of the hunt. The date of the hunt is the Saturday of NYSDEC Youth Weekend.

Mail or hand carry applications to the Refuge office at: Iroquois NWR, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013.

All forms must be received August 15 - September 15 by close of business. 

Hunters with disabilities

  • To enter the reserved hunt days lottery for the handicap blind.  Complete the Waterfowl Lottery Application as described above. List your two dates in order of preference, and write "Handicap Blind" on the top of your application.  A separate lottery will be conducted for the handicap blind, individuals who are selected will be notified prior to the hunt date. 
  • To be eligible for the handicap hunting blind on all other hunt days, those with a permanent disability must call the Refuge Headquarters by noon the day before they wish to have access to the blind. A lottery will be conducted at noon the day before the hunt to determine who will use the handicap blind the following day. If there are no inquires about the handicap blind before the day of the hunt, there will be at 5:00AM lottery for the handicap blind for people with a permanent disability the morning of the hunt.
  • The permit allows for one able-bodied helper who may also hunt.
Last Updated: Sep 06, 2016
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