William L. Finley Refuge Hunting Opportunities


The William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge hunt information - for both Roosevelt elk and Black-tailed deer - is posted to our homepage in May of every year.

William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Roosevelt Elk and Black-tailed Deer Hunting

Hunting information can change annually.  Make sure to check the homepage in May of each year for the most up-to-date information and maps.

Below are some basic hunt regulations and things to keep in mind:

  • Hunters are permitted on refuge one hour before and one hour after legal hunting time. 
  • Self-service hunt kiosks will be located off Finley Refuge Road at the Display Pond parking area and the Turtle Flats restrooms, as well as off Bruce Road near the east end of MdFadden's Marsh Bridge. 
  • Hunters must have a current State hunting license and valid state-issued tag.  If you are hunting elk, you must ALSO have a special Refuge permit.
  • If you are hunting elk, ONLY ANTLERLESS ELK may be harvested.  
  • Either sex deer may be harvested with appropriate state-issued tag.
  • Hunters under 18 must have their hunter safety card on their person.
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of State and local law.  Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with Refuge regulations. 
  • Refuge hunt season is typically late August - October each year (see current year regulations for details). 

Prohibited Activities:

  • Hunting is not currently permitted on the Snag Boat Bend Unit, Ankeny Refuge or Baskett Slough Refuge (with exception for the youth waterfowl hunt weekend at Baskett Slough Refuge).
  • Overnight camping and after hours parking
  • Cutting or removing trees and other vegetation
  • The use of flagging, paint, blazes, tacks, or other types of markers
  • The use of dogs to hunt or track game
  • The use of trail cameras
  • The use or possession of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances
  • We only allow portable hunting stands. The use of nails, wire, screws or bolts to attach a stand to a tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven to support a hunter