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.

  • 2020/2021 Program Update

    Updated: September 11, 2020 

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the follow changes must be followed to maintain hunter, staff and community safety:

    • Exact change (cash) is required for hunter daily recreation fees, duck stamps and season passes. No change will be provided. Checks and money orders made payable to USFWS will also be accepted.
    • Only hunting parties with a reservation holder will be permitted to check-in for the morning draw  and must be signed in present no later than 1 hour and 45 minutes before legal shooting time.
    • All standby hunting opportunities will begin at 10 am. Unassigned blinds that will be available for 10 am standby hunters will be announced daily on the hunter hotline, (360) 571-2015 by 8:30 am.
    • Blinds will not be refilled within a hunt day. Blinds will be left vacant until the following hunt day to allow for virial degradation.
    • After check-in, you must wait in your car. You will be called by AM radio for your blind assignment. Only one party at a time (≤ 3 individuals) will be allowed under the awning at a time.


  • 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. 

    2020/2021 Hunting Regulations

    Calendar & Fees

    Hunt Area Map

    Link to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Regulations website

  • Disabled Access

    Two hunting blinds with wheelchair access are available

    Blind 1A is for exclusive use by disabled hunters possessing a Federal Access Pass or State Disabled Hunter Placard. This blind may also be occupied by hunters or non-hunters who are assisting the disabled hunter(s). 1A is assigned during either the reservation or standby hunter process, whichever is applicable. Please notify the check station operator during hunter sign-in if you are requesting use of Blind 1A. 
    Blind 8, although accessible, is not reserved for disabled hunters, and is assigned along with all other blinds during the normal process.

    Passes - Disabled hunters must have one of the two mentioned passes at time of check in. These passes are NOT available at the Refuge at this time due to the Covid19 related office closure. 

    USGS Website for Access Pass

  • Veteran's Hunt

    The annual Veterans Hunt held at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) has become a highlight of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ commitment to the recruitment, retention and reactivation of hunters on the lands our veterans served to protect. Partnering with the Washington Waterfowl Association (WWA), Fallen Outdoors and others, it has been an honor to show our gratitude for our military members through this unique opportunity.

    The Covid 19 pandemic had raised some barriers to conducting the annual banquet, guided hunt, and associated camaraderie that built the foundation for this special event. The WWA, Fallen Outdoors and the Refuge want to ensure the health and wellbeing of our veterans first and foremost and have agreed to postpone the event for a future date.

    Together, we look forward to providing the Veterans Hunt when we can ensure a safe and memorable experience. The Refuge will continue to offer the veteran, active duty and youth hunt on February 6th.

  • 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. 

    The application period is now closed for the 2020/21 season. 

    Due to the limited number of hunting blinds available, applicants will be selected based on a randomly selected lottery drawing for each day in the season. Applying for a hunting date and paying the fee does not guarantee you a spot for that date, only a chance at being selected.

  • 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.