Additional Information for Hunters

Fall scene at Julia Butker Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer/USFWS Photo

ATTENTION HUNTERS - please find the information below to supplement the Oregon and Washington State hunting regulations for waterfowl.

  • Refuge Hunt Map

    Download a refuge hunting map (1.2 MB PDF).

    Learn more about what and where you can hunt on the refuge.

  • State Regulations

    Hunters must possess all state licenses, endorsements and stamps that pertain to their hunt. All state regulations apply.

    Washington State Migratory Waterfowl & Upland Game Seasons 

    Oregon Game Bird Regulations 

  • Refuge Regulations

    Nontoxic Shot Required: All hunters are required to use only federally approved nontoxic shot while waterfowl hunting. Use or possession of lead shot is prohibited while hunting waterfowl.

    Injuries or accidents occurring on the Refuge must be reported immediately to refuge headquarters.

    Littering is unlawful. Take your spent shells and litter home.

    Motorized equipment: All - terrain vehicles (ATV’s), dirt bikes and chain saws are prohibited on Refuge lands.

    Boating: Hunting, Price, Wallace, and Crims Islands are accessible only by boat. Tidal flows and fluctuations, strong winds, submerged and floating debris, and shifting sand bars can make boating difficult and sometimes dangerous. In Washington, launch ramps are located at the Cathlamet Marina at mile marker 30, off State Highway 4, adjacent to the Skamokawa Vista Park, and at Willow Grove west of Longview. In Oregon, boat launch sites are located at Aldritch Point near the Brownsmead area and at the John Day boat ramp east of Astoria.

    Removal of Items Prohibited: Collecting and removing ANY archaeological, historical, or natural material such as plants, mushrooms, berries, or antler sheds is prohibited.

    Blinds and Personal Property: Temporary blinds may be constructed, but they must be available to everyone on a first- come, first-served basis.   We prohibit permanent blinds.   You must remove all personal property, including decoys and boats, one hour after legal sunset.

    Camping, overnight use and fires are prohibited on all refuge lands.

    Foot traffic only: All island units of the Refuge are open to foot traffic only unless otherwise specified.

    All forms of trapping are prohibited on the refuge.

    Dogs: Dogs are prohibited on all Refuge units except certified assistance animals and dogs used for hunting waterfowl. Dogs must remain in the control of their handlers at all times. Dogs should be tagged with the owner's name and contact information.

    Alcohol: The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited.

    Caution: Hunters should examine their own abilities and limitations before using the Refuge. Hunters are cautioned to pay attention to tidal fluctuations when hunting tidal areas.


    Review the Julia Butler Hansen NWR Hunt Plan (4.2 MB PDF)