Features

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    Cold but fun!

    It might be cold but there are always fun things to do outside. Try ice fishing, skiing, or birdwatching!

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    If you think it's cold...

    Winter can be extremely difficult for all kinds of animals. Making sure there is good winter cover is vital for their survival.

  • A mix of photos of birds, people, and wildlife at Waubay NWR. Photos by L. Hubers/USFWS

    Visit Your National Wildlife Refuge

    There is always something to see and do at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.

In the News

Hunting on the Refuge

Deer hunting seasons start September 1 and run through December 31. Information can be found on the Rules and Regulations page.

Rules and Regulations

Monarchs - Butterfly Royalty

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Monarch populations have rebounded but they are still in trouble. Want to help these amazing insects? Enter your sightings at Journey North or e-butterfly.org and plant native milkweeds.

Learn more

What's the Buzz?

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Bees and other pollinators are declining due to habitat loss and pesticide use. Help monitor these fascinating flying bugs by grabbing your phone or camera and joining Bumble Bee Watch.

Bumble Bee Watch
Things to do

Fall and Winter Activities

Deer hunting seasons run from September 1 until January 1. Ice fishing will not start until after the muzzleloader seasons on December 9th.

About the Complex

Waubay Complex

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Waubay Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS