Hunting at Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge

Woman dressed warmly in camouflage and standing in marsh reeds aims a shotgun into the air

In many areas of the Northern Great Plains large expanses of native prairie have been lost forever. Of the 27,589 acres on Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge, about 70 percent are native prairie. A hunter visiting the Refuge will see rolling, grass-covered hills and numerous prairie pothole wetlands dotting the landscape. White-tailed and mule deer make their home in woody draws, wetland edges, and taller grasses. Bow, gun, and muzzleloader hunting for deer is permitted during regular state seasons. Moose numbers on the Refuge have steadily increased over the past decade. Moose feed, rest, and raise young in the aspen and willow thickets that surround many wetlands and lakes. Bow and regular firearm hunting for moose is permitted during regular state seasons. A regular and late upland game season is permitted on specific areas of the Refuge, primarily for sharp-tailed grouse but opportunities for pheasant and partridge also exist. Hunters should be prepared to cover a lot of ground to find birds and will have improved success if using a dog. No migratory bird hunting is allowed on the Refuge, but numerous opportunities exist on adjacent private lands to hunt ducks, geese, and other migratory birds. Hunters are encouraged to contact Refuge headquarters for information regarding special Refuge regulations.