Waterfowl Hunting - Additional Hunt Rules

2017 / 2018 Waterfowl Hunting Additional Hunt Rules

Migratory Game Bird Hunting - Hunting of only goose, duck, coot, and moorhen will be allowed on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions:

Hunting will be allowed on Sun River Unit only on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1/2 hour before legal sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon).

All hunters will be selected through a random drawing process conducted by the refuge. Hunters should bring a copy of their refuge notification on the day of their hunt. Hunters should contact the refuge manager for additional information.

Check station will be open at 5:00 a.m. to claim pick status. Hunters must check in at least one hour before shooting time if not present at 5:00 a.m.

Youth blind hunters will get first overall pick on Saturdays. No waiting line "backfill" hunting.

No camping or overnight parking on the area. Fires are prohibited.

Youth hunters must possess a valid Youth Hunting License. Adults, age 18 or older, will be required to accompany hunters under age 16.

Firearms must be unloaded before transporting them between parking areas and spaced-blind areas. "Unloaded'' means that no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine of the firearm.

Hunters are restricted to their assigned spaced-blind except when they are placing or retrieving decoys, traveling to and from the parking area, retrieving downed birds, or when shooting to retrieve cripples.

Only approved nontoxic shot may be possessed while in the field in quantities of 25 or less.

No shot shells larger than 12 gauge and no shot larger than T permitted.

Alcohol is prohibited on the refuge.

Vehicles are allowed to stop only at designated parking areas. Dropping of passengers or equipment or stopping between designated parking areas is prohibited. Travel is restricted to designated roads. Park only at designated parking lots.

Hunters may use decoy carts. Bicycles or other conveyances are prohibited. Mobility-impaired hunters should contact the refuge manager regarding allowed conveyances.

Boat hunters must provide their own Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (pfd) type II or III for each person. Float tubes prohibited.

All decoys, personal equipment, shotshell hulls, and refuse must be removed from the refuge by 1:00 p.m.

Use of hunting dogs for retrieving birds is allowed, provided the dogs remain under the immediate control of the hunter at all times. Dogs must be kept in autos or on a leash in the check station parking area.

All hunters must check out at check station and report hunting results. All hunters must possess valid hunting license and stamps.

No high shooting or “skyscraping.”

Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.

Violators may be ejected from area.

Please do not pick birds in the field or at the parking lots.