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Around the Refuge

Final Hunt Plan


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting plan for Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Vermont. A draft plan was issued earlier this spring, and during the 83-day public comment period, 249 comment letters were received from the public. We are grateful to the people who provided meaningful comments on the draft, which helped in developing the final plan. We received 249 public comment letters. Public comments supporting the proposed expansions mentioned how an expanded hunt program would improve the refuge ecosystems and increase interest in outdoor recreation. Public comments opposing the proposal discussed how the expansions, especially hounding, would negatively affect the refuge ecosystems and migratory birds that use the refuge as a stopover site. Conflicts with other refuge users, safety concerns and dissatisfaction with non-hunter representation were also mentioned in the comments opposing the plan. For more detail, see Appendix D (Public Comments and Responses). Modifications were incorporated into the final plan and decision documents. The refuge will make the following changes to the proposed hunting program: 1) We will allow the use of dogs consistent with State regulations, however, hunters using more than two dogs must possess a Special Use Permit (FWS Form 3-1383-G) issued by the refuge manager. By issuing permits for this use, other hunters, during overlapping hunting seasons (primarily during the 16-day regular deer rifle season), are less likely to be impacted, reducing hunter conflicts. 2) The refuge will not open the Stephen J. Young Marsh (SJYM) area for woodcock and snipe hunting, as proposed. The relatively small size of the SJYM area offers only a limited increase in hunting opportunities for woodcock and snipe. In addition, it has one of the most visited public use trails on the refuge. Given the length of the hunting season, potential for conflicts with other priority public uses, the SJYM area will not be open to woodcock and snipe hunting. We may begin to implement the Hunting Plan for Missisquoi NWR upon publication of the final 2021-2022 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations in the Federal Register. The final plan can be viewed here:


Summer at Missisquoi

Leopard frog 2

Summer is a great time to bring the family to the refuge! There are four trails to enjoy each sampling different habitats and wildlife. Enjoy the refuge trails or paddle the river and enjoy the place wildlife call home.

Visitor Activities

Young birder on the refuge - USFWS.

There are a variety of activities year-round at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography, hunting, environmental education and interpretation. Learn more on our Visitor Activities page.

Visitor Activities

Get Involved

Waterfowl banding - USFWS.

There are a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers on the refuge including invasive species control, trail maintenance, waterfowl banding, public events and many others. Learn more on our Get Involved page.

Get Involved
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Wildlife and Habitat

American bittern in flight - Ken Sturm/USFWS.

There are wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the year at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our Wildlife & Habitat page to learn more about when and where to view various species.

Wildlife & Habitat

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

Learn more about the NWRS