Hunt Expansion

Hunting on a Refuge

Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. Today, more than 399 refuges and 7 national fish hatcheries are open to the public for hunting and 331 refuges and 18 hatcheries are open to sportfishing. Here in the midwest, national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas are a huge part of this tradition. We welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to experience fishing and hunting in amazing places.


The Patoka National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area updated the refuge’s hunting program to expand hunting opportunities for new species. The refuge opened to crow, skunk and pheasant in accordance with state of Indiana laws. The refuge also expanded hunting and fishing to 599 acres. For additional information, see links to the final documents and the response to comments received. Let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

Finding of Appropriateness

Compatibility Determination

Environmental Assessment and Response to Comments

Hunt Plan

Environmental Action Statement

Endangered Species Act Intra-Service Section 7 Determination

Finding of No Significant Impact

Fish Plan Amendment

Categorical Exclusion and Environmental Action Statement

Response to Comments for Fishing Categorical Exclusion