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  • The Turtle Mountain WPA in Bottineau County.


    Unless otherwise noted, fishing is allowed in accordance with State regulations.

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  • A red fox hunting on the prairie.

    Hunting & Trapping

    Unless otherwise noted, hunting and trapping are allowed in accordance with State regulations.

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  • A field of forbs at the Round Lake WPA.

    Photo Gallery

    Wildlife and scenic views can be found in all parts of the J. Clark Salyer WMD.

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Refuge News

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal

June 11, 2020

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes opening for hunting on 41 limited-interest national wildlife refuges and for sport-fishing on 37 limited-interest national wildlife refuges in North Dakota. We are seeking comments on this proposal April 1-30, 2020. To review the draft documents and provide comments follow the link below.

2020-2021 Hunting and Fishing Proposal

Partners for Wildlife

A group of ducks take flight out of their cattail cover.

Since 1987, the North Dakota Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has matched federal funds with donated private funds and North American Wetland Conservation Act grants to restore, create, and enhance wildlife habitat on more than 144,000 acres of private land in the state (equal to 225 square miles).

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Conservation Easements

Opportunities for Private Landowners

Conservation easements allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to partner with willing landowners to permanently protect wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region.

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About the Complex

Souris River Basin NWR Complex

J. Clark Salyer WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Souris River Basin NWR Complex.

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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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