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Waterfowl Hunting

The refuge holds an annual waterfowl hunt from mid-October through early December. Season dates and harvest limits are released each year in late September.

Download the 2016 Waterfowl Map and Hunt Regulations here. (pdf)

Information on NYS DEC Migratory Game Bird seasons NYS DEC Migratory Game Bird Season.


Tim Noga was a dedicated friend and sportsman who was taken from us much too early in life. He loved the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and gave many hours of his time to the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, sportsmen education, and many local and state-level conservation organizations. One of Tim's greatest loves was to encourage youth to participate in hunting and the shooting sports, and to respect our natural resources.

The need for a Youth and Universally Accessible Hunting and Wildlife Observation Blind in the Montezuma Wetlands Complex was regularly expressed by Tim Noga in conversations with agency staff, at Friends meetings, and to others who were interested in promoting youth and outdoor sports. We are thankful for all the support we've received in erecting this blind in Tim's memory. He would have loved what it stands for, and been filled with excitement at the prospect of a youth or physically challenged hunter enjoying a successful hunt.

Waterfowl Youth Hunting

To register for the youth hunt at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, you must call the refuge's Hunter Check Station, 315-568-4136 to make your reservation. Reservations are taken at 8:30 AM on the Thursday of the week before the hunt (not the Thursday directly before the hunt) and are giving on a first-come, first-served basis.

During the youth season, only hunters ages 12 to 15 are allowed to hunt. A mentor (a licensed parent or guardian) must accompany them while hunting. These youth hunt days allow an adult to guide and teach safe and ethical waterfowl hunting methods to the beginning waterfowl hunter without the fast and exciting pace and competition of a regular waterfowl season opener.

All youth hunters and adult mentors must possess a current New York state hunting license and have a current Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number. Adult mentors must also have a current Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp). A non-motorized boat or canoe is required to hunt at Montezuma NWR, and use of a trained hunting dog is advised.

A New York State Waterfowl Identification class is required to hunt the Montezuma NWR (you must show proof of class completion when you check in to hunt at the refuge). You can check for waterfowl identification class availability at the NYS DEC Website.

For further information, please contact the refuge's main office at (315) 568-5987.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2016
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