• Hunter with their white labrador retriever / USFWS

    Refuge's New Hunting Season

    Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuges 2017-2018 Hunting Season has begun! Linked below is the current season's detailed information.

    Current Hunting Details for 2017-2018 Season

  • 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


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!

View our Refuge's New Exhibits

New Exhibit View / USFWS

To get a glimpse of our new exhibits, see the link below.

Refuge's New Exhibits
Hunting Season to February 18, 2018!

Current Refuge Hunting Season for 2017-2018

Father and son hunting with their Brittany spaniel / USFWS

Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge's current 2017-2018 hunting season began September 1, 2017 through February 15, 2018. The seasonal hunting opportunity is for a variety of game birds, water fowl, and mammal species including deer, feral hog and rabbit. Bag limits apply for each species, as shown in the link below. All this season's information is linked below. Enjoy the Refuge this hunting season!

Refuge's 2017-2018 Hunting Regulations and Bag Limit Chart

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.

Learn more about the NWRS