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The Refuge offers a quality hunting experience in several areas for deer, moose, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge, ring-necked pheasant and turkey.

Please familiarize yourself with the following information to help ensure a safe and enjoyable hunting experience:
• Hunting on the Refuge is in accordance with all North Dakota Game and Fish Department regulations.
• Check with the Refuge Manager for updated regulations and seasons.
• Respect the privileges of other hunters who may be in close proximity of you.
• Visitors must take their trash (including shotgun shell casings) with them so the area will remain clean, natural and enjoyable.
• Overnight camping and open fires are prohibited.
• Intoxicated and disorderly conduct is prohibited.
• The areas surrounding the Refuge office/visitor center and residences are posted closed to hunting.
• State law prohibits hunting within one-quarter mile of an occupied building.
• The Refuge is open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
Deer/Moose Hunting
• Archery and gun seasons on the Refuge coincide with State hunting season dates.
• A Refuge permit issued by the ND Game & Fish Department for Unit IIIA2 is required to hunt antlered deer on the Refuge during the 16½-day rifle season.
• A permit issued by the ND Game and Fish Department for Unit M10 is required to hunt moose on the Refuge.
• Hunters possessing a muzzleloader deer permit may hunt without a Refuge permit.
• Portable tree stands are allowed, but they must be removed from the Refuge daily. Only strap-on steps or removable climbing ladders are allowed.
• Hunters can carry, drag or use a cart to remove their deer or moose.
Grouse, Partridge and Pheasant Hunting
• Approved ton-toxic shot is required when hunting upland game on the Refuge.
• Blaze orange vest and cap must be worn when hunting game birds during the deer gun season.


 Spring Turkey Hunting
• Turkey hunters must possess a State issued Unit 51 tag from the ND Game and Fish Department to hunt on the Refuge.
• Approved non-toxic shot is required when hunting turkey on the Refuge.

Please consult the Refuge Manager for any further clarifications. 
Please see the Upper Souris NWR hunting brochure for further information and map.
To learn more about hunting in North Dakota, please visit the North Dakota Game & Fish Department website.