Hunting

Cackling geese take flight/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

"The perils of duck hunting are great - especially for the duck."

-Walter Cronkite

  • Hunting the Refuge

    Julia Butler Hansen Refuge contains more than 6,000 acres of pastures, forested tidal swamps, brushy woodlands, marshes and sloughs.  Hunting of geese, ducks, coot and snipe is permitted on some areas of the Refuge.  All state regulations apply in addition to special Refuge regulations. Units and species not listed below are closed to hunting.

    More about specific refuge regulations

     2017-2018 REFUGE WATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONSa 2017-18 season Refuge hunting handout

     

    Hunting Island

    The Refuge owned portion of Hunting Island is open to waterfowl hunting, in accordance with Federal and Washington State Regulations.  Refuge-owned shorelines, tidelands and interior sloughs are open to hunting, except otherwise noted (please see map).  The eastern tip of Hunting Island (approximately 150 acres) is held in private ownership.  Please check Refuge map for approximate boundaries.   Access to Hunting Island is by boat only.

    Price Island

    The Refuge owned portion of Price Island is open to waterfowl hunting, in accordance with Federal and Washington State Regulations.  Refuge-owned shorelines, tidelands and interior sloughs are open to hunting, except otherwise noted (please see map).  The southern half of Price Island (approximately 160 acres) is owned by Wahkiakum County.  Please check Refuge map for approximate boundaries.   Access to Price Island is by boat only.

     

    Wallace Island

    The Refuge owned portion of the Wallace Island Unit is open to waterfowl hunting, in accordance with Federal and Oregon State Regulations. All refuge-owned shorelines, tidelands and interior sloughs are open to hunting. Access to Wallace Island is by boat only.

    Crims Island

    The Refuge owned portion of the Crims Island Unit is open to waterfowl hunting, in accordance with Federal and Oregon State Regulations. All refuge-owned shorelines, tidelands and interior sloughs are open to hunting. Please note that several parts of the island are in private ownership including the western tip of the island (approximately 90 acres) and a 40 acre section of the north part of the island. Please check the Refuge map for approximate boundaries. Access to Crims Island is by boat only.