Refuge proposes changes to Hunt and Fish Program


Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. National Wildlife Refuges in the Southwest have been part of this tradition. Today, more than 370 national wildlife refuges across the country are open to the public for hunting and fishing. We welcome hunters and anglers of all backgrounds and abilities to experience the outdoors in these amazing places.

Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s hunting and fishing program and is seeking public comment on the proposed changes that include:

  • Changes to Hunt/Fish Unit Boundaries and Hunt-able Species
  • Additions to the Hunt-able Species List
  • Changes to Hunting Seasons
  • Additions to Methods of Take


You are invited to review draft documents related to these changes, including the Bill Williams River hunt and fish plan, environmental assessment, and hunt and fish compatibility determinations. These documents will be available beginning Thursday, April 15, 2021 until the close of the Federal Register public comment period, at least 60 days. The public comment period is an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed changes in the draft documents. You can submit comments to the regional office by email at HuntFishRuleComments@fws.gov.

Draft documents are also available by contacting the refuge at 928-667-4144 or LakeHavasuRefuges@fws.gov to request either printed or electronic copies. In the subject line, please add – Bill Williams River hunting/fishing comments.

Across the country, national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries work closely with state agencies, tribes and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions.