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  • Youth hunting pheasant / USFWS

    Apply Today for Youth Hunt

    Bitter Lake Refuge hosts their annual Upland Workshop-Youth Pheasant Hunt. Submit applications by November 11 for a December 3rd hunt day.

    Workshop - Hunt Poster with fillable Application

  • Hunter with their white labrador retriever / USFWS

    Refuge's New Hunting Season

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuges 2016-2017 Hunting Season begins in September. Linked below is the current season's information.

    Refuge' Current Hunting Details

  • Killdeer plover / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    eBird Trail Tracker

    Find out what birds are being seen at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, including the most recent sightings.

    eBird Trail Tracker

  • Blue dasher dragonfly/John Magera

    Amazing dragonflies

    The blue dasher dragonfly is just one of the 100 species of dragonflies that can be found on the refuge.

A Great Refuge for Outdoors and In!

Refuge' Visitor Center Hours

Visitor Center rear view / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

Come in today and enjoy Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's beautiful Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center. This refuge is home to amazing diversity of wildlife! Our informative Visitor Center has various exhibits and feature films to introduce you to these wildlife species. The Visitor Center hours will remain open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call (575) 625-4011 to verify if the Visitor Center is open on your visit. Due to a shortage of volunteers and limited refuge staff, the Visitor Center will be open sporadically on Saturday throughout the summer. If you are interested in Volunteering in our comfortable, air conditioned Visitor Center, or on the refuge grounds; we would appreciate your help! If you enjoy meeting and talking with people, please consider volunteering at Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge.

Visitor Center Interior View!

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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Come Out to the Refuge This Fall!

  • Annual Youth Hunt and Upland Workshop

    Pheasant close-up of head / USFWSDecember 03, 2016

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its annual Youth Pheasant Hunt and Upland Game Workshop on Saturday, December 3, 2016. This one day event is for youth hunters, 17 years old and younger. Applications must be received by Friday, November 11, 2016. See the informational Poster and fillable Application Form linked below. For more information, call the refuge at 575-625-4009. Apply Today!

    2016 - Youth Hunt Poster and fillable Application
  • Fall - Winter Refuge Hunting Regulations

    Retriever 150 x 119

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's fall - winter hunting season has begun! See and print the Refuge's September, 2016 Hunting Regulations below. This guidance applies to our annual Youth Pheasant Hunt also. Have a Safe, Fun, Memorable Hunt Season at Bitter Lake Refuge this year!

    Refuge Hunting Regulations Sheet
  • On-line eBird Trail Tracker

    Great egret / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS

    Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird Trail Tracker is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. A birder simply enters when, where, and how they went birding, then fills out a checklist of all the birds seen and heard during the outing. The observations of each participant join those of others in an international network of eBird users. The link below allows you to set-up an account in eBird to submit your observations. The Refuge appreciates you entering your bird sightings on the eBird online checklist program. For more information about eBird go to:

    eBird On-line Program to Submit Observations
Page Photo Credits — Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's wetlands / USFWS, Young girl hunting pheasant / USFWS, Hunter and labrador retriever with harvested duck / USFWS, Killdeer plover / ® Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Refuge Visitor Center rear view / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Ring-necked pheasant / USFWS, Great egret / © Bernadette Madison, USFWS, Dragonfly species / USFWS, All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2016
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