Proposed Change to Hunt and Fish Programs 2021

Waterfowl Hunting

Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. Today, more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting and more than 310 are open to sportfishing. Here in the Midwest, national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas are a huge part of this tradition. We welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to experience fishing and hunting in amazing places. Across the country, national wildlife refuges work closely with state agencies, tribes and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions. 

The Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s hunting and fishing programs and is seeking public comment on the changes. The proposed changes include: 

  • Expanding fishing and hunting for upland game, migratory game birds and big game hunting on 34 acres.  
  • Regulations were updated to clarify night hunting and deer drives are prohibited.  

You are invited to review draft documents related to this change, including the hunt and fish plan amendment and categorical exclusion for the hunt and fish programsAll documents will be available for public comment starting April 15, 2021 through the end of the "2021–2022 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations" comment period, to be announced in the Federal Register. The end of the comment period will be 60 days after the rule publishes, which we anticipate to be mid-June. You can submit written comments to the refuge by mail to Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, ATTN: Hunt/Fish Program Comment   6316 Harts Road, Ringwood, IL 60072. If you wish to comment electronicallyplease note, “Hackmatack NWR Hunt/Fish Plan” in the subject line of an email addressed to  


All documents are electronically available on this site. You can contact the refuge at 406-654-4296 or to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.  

Documents available for public comment review: