Person standing in tall grass with rifle hunting for duck

In late fall and winter, the backwaters of McNary National Wildlife Refuge echo with the quacks of mallard and the honks of Canada goose. Established to conserve the sloughs along the Columbia River, this refuge offers a number of hunting options, such as waterfowl, upland game bird, migratory bird and deer. 

The McNary National Wildlife Refuge offers hunting opportunities for waterfowl and upland birds. The Burbank Slough Fee Hunt Unit is open Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, as well as Thanksgiving and New Years Day, during the state waterfowl hunting season. There is a charge, as well as a pre-season lottery to select hunters. Ages 17 and under are free. Upland hunting is permitted free-of charge after 12 noon on hunt days.

Waterfowl hunting lotteries for McNary and Umatilla open the second Monday in August (August 8) and close at 3:30 p.m. on the second Friday in September (September 9). On the second Monday in August, the regulations page will have links to the lottery.

The Two Rivers and Penninsula Units are open to waterfowl and upland hunting seven days a week on a first-come, first-served basis. The Wallula Unit is also open to waterfowl and upland hunting seven days a week, first-come, first-served, during the state hunting season. 

The Peninsula, Two Rivers, and Wallula Units are open to deer hunting.

Please see hunting tear sheets for specific details.

Related Documents

McNary NWR Headquarters Unit hunting tear sheet


McNary NWR Hunting Tearsheet for Two Rivers and Peninsula Units


McNary NWR Hunting Tearsheet for Wallula Unit