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Visitor Information

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal

June 11, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes opening for hunting on 41 limited-interest national wildlife refuges and for sport-fishing on 37 limited-interest national wildlife refuges in North Dakota. We sought public comments on the proposal durting April 2020. For more information about this proposal, follow the link below.

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal


An Aphrodite Fritillary feeding on a flower.

Explore nature at J. Clark Salyer NWR. Visitors can choose from two auto tours, a hiking area, and a canoe trail.

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Bird Watching

A male mountain bluebird perched atop a wooden fence post at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.

The Refuge is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area.

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Sharp-tailed Grouse Leks

Sharp-tailed grouse in mating display.

With the coming of warm air and prairie crocuses of spring also comes the annual courtship display of many birds. One of the most unique and easiest to observe is the "dancing" of the sharp-tailed grouse. Each spring, the male sharp-tails return to traditional dancing grounds, or leks, to display their dancing abilities and attract females. Each male has his own little territory on the lek and fights often develop if another invades. After several days or weeks of dancing and courtship, nesting will occur.


A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

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Have you ever been curious about what exactly is a National Wildlife Refuge? Check out this awesome photo tour to find out!

A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

About the Complex

Souris River Basin NWR Complex

J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Souris River Basin NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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