Waterfowl Hunting

At Ridgefield, the waterfowl hunt program is operated in a manner that is consistent and compatible with the purposes and goals of the Refuge and provides a quality experience for the hunter. This program contributes to the continuation of America's traditions and heritage in wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation.

  • Covid19 Pandemic

    Health Safety Accommodations

    At this time the program is planned to open in full capacity. See this years hunt regulations below for daily procedures. A few accommodations during this process will ensure that everyone has a safe hunting experience. 

    • Capacity under the check station awning is limited to no more than 3 hunter parties at any given time. 
    • Hunters are asked to give other hunt parties distance. 
    • The awning may not allow for 6ft distance between people. Please wear your mask while under the awning, near the check station staff, and anytime when social distancing is not achievable. 

    Federal, State and local Covid 19 guidance may dictate future changes in procedures.

  • Hunting on the Refuge

    Waterfowl hunting is permitted on approximately 760 acres of the Refuge in a spaced blind hunting area adjacent to the Auto Tour Route.  This program is run in accordance with State and Federal regulations and Refuge specific conditions to ensure a safe and quality experience for all visitors. 

    Hunting days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during the WA state waterfowl hunt season. Exceptions include any Federal holidays falling on those days. There are no early or late season dates open on the refuge. 

    Hunt harvest number for the previous week can be found at the contact station. The previous hunt day's top blind data can be heard by calling (360) 571-2015. 

    2021/2022 Hunting Regulations

    Hunt Area Map

    Hunt Calendar  

    Link to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Regulations website

    Ridgefield NWR Hunting Blind Guide from Washington Waterfowl Association (Link to external site)

  • Reservations

    Optional Reservation Lottery

    Reservations are awarded through an electronic lottery system and give hunters first blind pick during the morning check-in. Reservations are not required nor transferable. Reservations lost due to a Refuge closure (dangerous weather conditions, safety issue, emergency, or government shutdown) will not be reissued or refunded.

    The reservation lottery application period has closed for the upcoming 2021-2022 Waterfowl Hunt Season. If you did not enter the lottery, read our regulations to learn more about your options to hunt on the Refuge this season. Lottery applicants that completed an application and submitted payment by the deadline will be entered into the lottery and will be notified of any picks they receive at a later date. 

    To help you ensure you see your email notification, be sure to also look in your "junk" inbox for an email regarding the waterfowl hunt program.

  • Special Hunts

    November 11th: Veteran's Day

    A special Veteran's Day hunt event will be hosted in partnership with Washington Waterfowl Association and The Fallen Outdoors. This annual event pairs veterans that have never participated in waterfowl hunting with a skilled mentor. All participants are preselected to ensure everyone is supported for a quality hunt. No walk-in stand-by hunting will take place. To learn more about how to be involved in this event and others in the future, go to www.thefallenoutdoors.com

    February 5th: State Youth, Veteran's and Active Duty Hunt Day

    The refuge will follow the state in reserving this day for youth, veterans and activity duty military personnel. The hunt day will operate as normal with standby hunters only (no reservations). This event will be fee-free.