Rules and Regulations

Waterfowl Hunting on the Refuge

The Refuge is known for its waterfowl hunting, fishing and wildlife observation. Refuge hunting and fishing seasons generally follow state seasons and regulations. To conserve this special place, and safeguard the experience for all we ask you to observe the Public Use Regulations and Hunting Regulations.

Areas throughout the Refuge are designated as closed or restricted use areas, usually fall to spring, to protect migrating waterfowl or for public safety. These areas are marked with orange-topped “special regulation” signs and list the restrictions and effective dates or seasons.

Refuge Specific Regulations:

Public Use Regulations
Hunting Regulations  

Drones: The use of unmanned aircraft or drones on the Refuge is prohibited.

Refuge Maps:

Refuge Maps- Use the keys on these maps to know what areas are open and closed to certain hunting/trapping/public use regulations

Refuge Signs:

 Know the Signs- some of the common boundary signs on the refuge. 

Refuge Special Hunts:

Youth and Hunters with Disabilities Deer Hunt at Lost Mound Unit, Savanna, Illinois updated July 2021

Potters Marsh Hunt Management Zone, Waterfowl Hunting 
Potters Marsh Harvest Report 


 Information and Permit


Refer to State Fishing Regulations in addition to the above Refuge Specific Regulations:

Minnesota Fishing Regulations

Wisconsin Fishing Regulations

Iowa Fishing Regulations

Illinois Fishing Regulations