Draft Hunt Plan

Family hunt

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) for Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Interested individuals and organizations are asked to review the plan and provide written comments by August 31, 2018. Once completed, the final EA and Hunt Plan will establish new hunting regulations and locations for refuge lands. 

Written comments can be mailed to Tamarac Refuge, Attention: Hunt Plan Comment, 35704 County Hwy 26, Rochert, MN 56578. They can also be submitted via email to: tamarac@fws.gov  - please specify "Hunt Plan Comment" in the subject line. Comments can also be delivered to the Tamarac Visitor Center.  

Click here to learn more and download a news release.

  • Environmental Assessment

    Female Hunter

    This Environmental Assessment (EA) is being prepared to evaluate the effects associated with this proposed action and complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in accordance with Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1500-1509) and Department of the Interior (43 CFR 46; 516 DM 8) and Service (550 FW 3) regulations and policies. NEPA requires examination of the effects of proposed actions on the natural and human environment.
     
    The final decision on the proposed action will be made at the conclusion of the public comment period for the EA and the Draft 2019-2020 Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Regulations.
     

  • Draft Hunt Plan

    Youth hunter with dog

    The Service is proposing to open hunting opportunities for sora, Virginia rail, mourning dove, wild turkey, American crow, bobcat and proposing to expand hunting opportunities for migratory birds, small game, big game, and furbearers on Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge (Tamarac NWR) in accordance with the refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan, completed in 2010. The proposed hunting opportunities will increase the total huntable area for small game, big game, and furbearers by 160 acres and reduce the total huntable acres for migratory birds by 414 acres. The intention to align with existing laws and policy led to the proposed reduction in migratory bird hunting area. Even though a reduction in migratory birds acres is proposed, the overall proposed realignment of hunting areas would improve hunting opportunity for migratory bird species like American woodcock, sora, and Virginia rail.

    Click here to view the Draft Hunt Plan.

    Click here to view the Draft Hunt Map

  • Compatibility Determination for Hunting

    Archery Hunter

    Hunting of game as an activity conducted by the general public under regulation authority of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act and the National Wildlife Refuge System. Hunting is currently allowed for small game (Ruffed Grouse, gray, red and fox squirrel, snowshoe hare and cottontail rabbit), furbearer (red fox, raccoon and striped skunk), big game (whitetailed deer), and migratory bird (ducks, geese, American woodcock, coot and common snipe) on Tamarac NWR.

    This use is to be conducted in accordance with state, tribal and federal regulations, and special Refuge regulations published in the Refuge Hunting Regulations and Public Use Regulations brochures.

    NOW AVAILABLE  New Draft Compatibility Determination for review. 

    Click here to view the Draft Compatibility Determination