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.

  • Fall Orientation and Volunteer Day

    September 22nd, 8 am to Noon.   Meet at the hunter check station for your assignment.  
     

    This is the only pre-season opportunity to scout the hunt blinds. It is also an opportunity to volunteer to prepare the hunt area for the season. Those interested in volunteering for an end of the season work party should check the Refuge website for an announcement for this future date.

  • Hunting on the Refuge

    Waterfowl hunting is permitted on approximately 760 acres of the Refuge in a spaced blind hunting area adjacent to the AutoTour 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 3rd.  Click here for more information and how to apply.

    2018/2019 Hunting Regulations, Check station Procedures, Calendar, Fees, and Blind Information 

    2018/2019 Calendar Only

     *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

  • 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 2018/2019 season is now closed and results will be emailed the first week of October.  Please check back in August of 2019 for the next application period.

    If you sent in an application but did not hear anything back, please check your spam folder before calling the office.  360-887-4106

  • 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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  • 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.