Features

  • Minidoka Deer

    The Ears Have It

    Some say early miners named this deer for their ears, resembling those of their common pack animal.

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  • Nesting pelicans and gulls

    Safety in Numbers

    Nesting on a island can reduce predation from mammals and avian species.

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  • Pronghorn

    Where the Pronghorn Roam

    Fleet-footed pronghorns are the second fastest land mammal in the world, after the cheetah. Pronghorn are found in the sagebrush uplands

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  • Becker's White

    Pollination Professional

    The Becker's white butterfly of Western arid brushlands, fields, desert foothills and canyons, is one of nature's great pollinators.

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  • Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Heron at Nest

    These long-legged birds nest in the trees at Minidoka NWR

New Hunting & Fishing Opportunities

Boating Season Expanded

Fishing Promo

The boating season on the Refuge has been expanded by one month, from April 1 to October 31. This will allow anglers with additional late-season opportunities.

Rules and Regulations

New Elk Hunt

Elk Promo

The Refuge has added an archery elk hunt of the East Hunt Unit south of the Snake River during the Idaho General A Tag (archery) season. For more information, follow the link for GMU 68 in the Big Desert Zone. Currently, the archery hunt for either sex is from August 1 through September 30.

Hunting Information
The Seasons Are Changing

Watch For Wildlife

Bunny

The days are turning shorter and the nights colder. Fall is the time of year when wildlife is on the move, preparing for a difficult winter. While winters in southern Idaho aren’t that stressful to wildlife, nonetheless creatures here follow the natural instincts of their kind everywhere and are on the move preparing for winter. This is also the time of year when young are dispersing, leaving their birthplace to find territories of their own. Drivers need to slow down and keep a constant watch for wildlife. Haven’t you noticed more dead animals along the road lately? There’s always an upswing of wildlife-vehicle collisions in the fall. So, if getting home 23 seconds sooner is worth squashing a squirrel, mangling a marmot, bashing a beaver, or demolishing a deer, then by all means, keep driving like a maniac.

About the Complex

Southeast Idaho NWR Complex

Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Idaho NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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