Rules and Regulations

Litchfield Wetland Management District staff talking with visitor

To report a wildlife violation call 1-844-NWR-TIPS (844-697-8477) 

Welcome to your wetland management districts.  Our lands are open every day for you to discover new places to hunt, fish, take pictures, watch wildlife, pick wild edibles (for personal use), trap, hike, cross-country ski, snowshoe and canoe.

Hunting, fishing and trapping seasons generally follow state seasons and regulations.  Please consult the Wetland Management District Manager at (320) 693-2849 if you have questions.   

To ensure your safety and protect wildlife and habitat, please be aware of these regulations:

 General Restrictions

On all waterfowl production areas, we prohibit:

  • Target shooting.
  • Training pets and allowing pets off leash.
  • All types of motorized vehicles on all refuge land (to include on frozen bodies of water) except on designated parking areas, access roads and public roads.
  • All types of motorized watercraft (to include gasoline and electric).
  • Camping, open fires and overnight parking including designated parking areas.
  • Abandoning, discarding, or otherwise leaving any personal property.  All property brought onto a waterfowl production area must be removed at the end of each day.  This includes all common items like vehicles, boats, decoys, trail cameras, blinds, geo-caching items, photography equipment, portable stands, climbing sticks, ice fishing shelters and trash.
  • Destructing, defacing, disturbing or unauthorized removal of any natural object, artifact, cultural resource item or government property.
  • Introducing, liberating or placing plants or animals or their parts taken elsewhere on waterfowl production areas lands or waters.
  • Disposing of animal carcasses, trash, refuse, rocks, wood or other debris.
  • Cutting, mowing, sawing, digging, collecting, injuring or removing vegetation. This does not include the removal of edible vegetation or seeds (berries, mushrooms, nuts, etc) for personal use. 
  • Launching, landing or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) on a waterfowl production area is prohibited.  This includes for recreational or commercial purposes.
  • Commercial enterprise without a Special Use Permit.
  • Use or possession of any illegal drug or drug paraphernalia is prohibited.

 Hunting

  • Waterfowl production areas are open to hunting per state regulations unless specifically prohibited in the district specific section below.
  • Small game hunters using shotguns, including turkey hunters, are required to use and possess only non-toxic shot.
  • During the small game and migratory bird seasons, hunting dogs must be under the immediate control of the hunter.
  • Hunters must wear an article of blaze orange/pink consistent with state regulations.
  • We prohibit constructing or occupying permanent stands or blinds.  We also prohibit the use of nails, wire, screws or bolts to attach a stand to a tree or hunting from a tree, into which a metal object has been driven to support a hunter.  Portable hunting stands must be set up and removed each day.
  • We prohibit the use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting.
  • We prohibit distribution of feed or bait, or hunting over bait.  This includes salts and minerals.

Trapping

  • Waterfowl production areas are open to trapping per state regulations unless specifically prohibited in the district specific section below. 
Fishing 
  • Waterfowl production areas are open to fishing per state regulations unless specifically prohibited in the district specific section below.
  • We prohibit all types of motorized vehicles on frozen water bodies.

 Artificial Lights

  • You may not use a spotlight, headlight or other artificial light to spot, locate, or take any wild animal in a waterfowl production area.

 Additional Information

  • The above information is a partial list of rules and regulations.  Consult the Litchfield Wetland Management Public Use Brochure for more details.

Special Use Permits may be issued for compatible secondary uses upon approval of the District Manager.  Contact the district office for application information at (320) 693-2849.