Proposed Change to Hunting Program 2021

Waterfowl Hunting

Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. Today, more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting and more than 310 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 River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area is proposing to update the refuge’s fishing and hunting programs and is seeking public comment on the change. The proposed change includes:  

  • Expanding hunt and fishing on 65 newly acquired acres.  

You are invited to review draft documents related to this change, including the hunt and fish plan amendments and categorical exclusion for the hunt and fish programsAll documents will be available for public comment starting April 15, 2021 through the end of the "2021–2022 Station-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations" comment period, to be announced in the Federal Register. The end of the comment period will be 60 days after the rule publishes, which we anticipate to be mid-June. You can submit written comments to the refuge by mail to Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, ATTN: Hunt/Fish Program Comment 510 ½ West Morton Street, Oakland City, IN 47660. If you wish to comment electronicallyplease note, “Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR Hunt/Fish Plan” in the subject line of an email addressed to  


All documents are electronically available on this site. You can contact the refuge at 812-749-3199 or to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.  

Documents available for public comment review: