General waterfowl season runs from October 8, 2016 to January 22, 2017. There is no check station, permit or fee to hunt at Stillwater NWR. All state and Federal migratory bird seasons, rules and bag limits are in effect. Non-toxic shot is mandatory. Goose Lake and South Nutgrass are the only units in the hunt area with water for this season.
Boating is allowed only during waterfowl hunt season, north of Division Rd. Each wetland unit has specific boat types allowed. For the 2016-2017 season, Goose Lake and South Nutgrass Lake are open to all boat types, including airboats. Both units have boat launch ramps, however, there are shallow areas and submerged sand bars and vegetation, so use caution when launching and operating in the dark.
Airboats are required to obtain a free special use permit from the Stillwater NWR office prior to use. You can download the permit application here, or under the Permits tab in the VISIT section (blue tab on home page) or call 775/423-5128 Mon - Fri. NOTE: Airboats are not allowed on the water until 1 hour after shoot time, on opening day only. No pre-hunt season scouting by boat is allowed.
Hunting on Stillwater NWR is allowed during regulated seasons throughout the year for big game, small game, upland and migratory birds. Please check NV state hunting regulations and license, permit and tag requirements before planning a hunt trip. The refuge hunt area is open north of Division Road, about 6 miles north on Hunter Road, after you enter the refuge.
Remember, there is a 200 yard 'Retrieval Zone' from the north side of Division Road. You may walk through this area to reach the hunt site, but no loaded firearms are allowed. Hunting is not allowed from Division Rd to the south as this is refuge sanctuary.
Hunting is limited by habitat conditions such as surface water, food, cover and weather. Resident wildlife species such as desert mule
deer, rabbits, upland game birds and coyotes can be hunted as well. Hunting
seasons are in conjunction with state of Nevada seasons and regulations for all
big and upland game species and migratory birds.
Be aware of refuge-specific restrictions for non-toxic ammunition during the different hunt seasons. No center-fire weapons (rifles, handguns) are allowed to be discharged within the refuge boundary; target shooting is strictly prohibited. Waterfowl, upland and big game hunting is only allowed with non-toxic shot or slugs. Archery and muzzle-loader weapons are also permitted for certain seasons.
Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciate of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.
As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management. For example, because their natural predators are gone, deer populations will often grow too large for the refuge habitat to support. Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the Refuge System.
To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on Stillwater NWR, call 775/423-5128 ext. 228 Tues - Sat., or stop by our office at 1020 New River Parkway #305 in Fallon Monday - Friday, 8 - 4:30.