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Hunting at Malheur Refuge

Two pheasant hunters show off the pheasantsNinety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Understandably, the Federal Duck Stamp has been called one of the most successful conservation programs ever initiated and is a highly effective way to conserve America’s natural resources.

Hunting Changes for the 2016-2017 Season

Hunting brochure (1.5 MB pdf)

North Malheur Lake Unit Bird Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is closed on Malheur Lake due to low water conditions.

22,500 acres remain open doves, snipe, pigeons, pheasant, quail, and partridge during authorized state seasons. 

  • Nonmotorized or boats with electric motors are authorized during the hunt season. 
  • Temporary blinds may be erected but must be removed on a daily basis.
  • Non-toxic shot is required for upland bird hunting on the Refuge.
  • Youth 17 and under must wear hunter orange
South Malheur Lake Unit Bird Hunting
 
This unit will be closed for the 2016-2017 hunting season due to security upgrades at Refuge Headquarters.

Buena Vista Hunt Unit

36,000 acres east of Hwy 205 between Sodhouse Lane (County Road 405) and Diamond Lane (County Road 409). Open to pheasant, quail, and partridge beginning on the fourth Saturday of October to the end of state pheasant season. Open to doves, waterfowl, snipe and pigeons beginning on the fourth Saturday of Oct. to the end of state waterfowl season.

  • No predator Hunting is allowed 
  • Non-toxic shot is required for bird hunting on the Refuge
  • Youth 17 and under must wear hunter orange
 
Boundary Hunt Unit

2,626 acres west of Highway 205 and the Krumbo Creek drainage. Open to pheasant, quail and partridge during authorized state seasons.

  • No predator hunting is allowed
  • Non-toxic shot is required for bird hunting on the Refuge
  • Youth 17 and under must wear hunter orange
 
Special Regulations:
  • Only federally approved nontoxic shot may be used or be in possession while hunting on the refuge.
  • All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are not permitted off refuge roads. Oregon ATV regulations are in effect. Properly state licensed (tagged) and equipped ATVs operated by users that meet state training requirements are permitted only on roads open to public automobiles - the Center Patrol Road and Krumbo Lane.
  • Please observe No Hunting Closures near Residential Areas at Refuge Headquarters, Buena Vista Station and the Malheur Field Station.
  • Boundaries may not be clear, contact private landowners for permission to cross or hunt private lands adjacent to the refuge.
  • Vehicles are allowed only on maintained public roadways. Parking is allowed only within one vehicle length of the roadway. Do not block dike and field accesses.
  • Overnight parking, camping and campfires are not permitted on the refuge.
  • Youth 17 and under must wear hunter orange
  • Consult the Oregon Game Bird Regulations for bag limits.

For more information contact Malheur Refuge at (541) 493-2612 weekdays between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM.
 

 

Page Photo Credits — USFWS/John Megan
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016
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