Waterfowl Hunting

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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.

  • 2019/2020 Season Changes

    Due to construction of the River S bridge during the week, Tuesday and Thursday blind assignments for both reservation and standby hunters will only occur during the morning check-in. There will be no 10 am check-in on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

    Hunters assigned to a blind may leave the River ‘S’ Unit at any time up to 1 hour past official hunting hours but may encounter delays exiting the construction site. No access to the River ‘S’ Unit will occur after the morning blind assignments. Hunters unsuccessful in morning blind assignments must leave the River ‘S’ Unit by 7:00 am to accommodate bridge construction activities. 

    Typical hunter access resumes on Saturday with bind assignments at 1 hour 45 minutes before official hunting hours and again starting at 10:00 am.

  • Hunting on the Refuge

    Waterfowl hunting is permitted on approximately 760 acres of the Refuge in a spaced blind hunting area adjacent to the AutobTour 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. 

    Youth Hunt Day is November 2nd.  Click here for more information and how to apply.

    NEW for 2019-2020 Season:

    2019/2020 Hunting Regulations, Check station Procedures, Calendar, Fees, and Blind Information (no calendar) 

    2019/2020 Calendar 

    During inclement weather events, be sure to check the hunter hotline at 360-571-2015 for updates on emergency closures.

    Hunt Area Map

    Link to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Regulations website

  • Harvest Reports

    Refer here for links to the weekly harvest reports of waterfowl by blind. A brief summary of this information is also updated at the hunter hotline at (360) 571-2015. This information will also be posted at the check station to assist in blind selection prior to the morning blind assignment.

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  • Reservations

    Reservations give hunters first blind picks during the morning check-in.  However, having a reservation is not a requirement to participate in the hunt program. 

    Successful reservation applicants are randomly selected by a computer drawing. Only one application per person is allowed. Each applicant has the opportunity to apply for thirty hunt days per season at $1.00 per date selected.  Reservations are not transferable. 

    The reservation application period for the 2019/2020 season is closed. A new system for the 2020/2021 season will go up in August 2020.

  • Avian Influenza

    Again, this season Ridgefield NWR is participating in a multi-agency monitoring program for avian influenza in migratory waterfowl. Refuge personnel may swab the cloaca of harvested waterfowl for cultures for laboratory analysis. The Refuge asks your cooperation in gathering these cultures for avian influenza testing.  Information on Avian Influenza from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.