Ridgefield’s waterfowl hunt program offers a quality duck and goose hunting experience with 21 spaced blinds on 760 acres of land. Hunters can enter a pre-season lottery system to obtain reservations for priority check-in, or attend as a stand-by hunter to occupy remaining blinds. Various blind options are offered, including pit and box blinds and two accessible blinds for hunters with disabilities. Northern shovelers account for a large percentage of bagged birds, but hunters also take good numbers of green-winged teal, mallard, American wigeon, gadwall and northern pintail.
2022 Reservation Lottery Goes Live on August 15th
Reservations give hunters first blind pick during the morning check-in but are not required to hunt. Reservations lost due to a Refuge closure (dangerous weather conditions, safety issue, emergency, or government shutdown) will not be reissued or refunded. Reservations are non-transferable.
Reservations are awarded through an electronic lottery system managed by RecAccess, a government-approved vendor. The lottery application fee is $1.00 per date selected plus a one-time application fee of $5. Hunters can apply for all hunt dates one time only. Reservations for the entire season will be generated in one pre-season lottery and must be submitted electronically through the approved vendor RecAccess. No paper applications or in-person payment will be accepted.
The link to apply for the lottery: https://ridgefield.recaccess.com/
Youth Hunt - Saturday, October 29th
On the annual Youth Hunt day, only reservations for youth (under 16) will be issued. General hunting will resume at noon with a lottery to assign any blinds that remain available. Youth participants can remain in their blinds after this time, with their adult observers able to hunt starting at 12:00.
Applications for reservations are free and are due by 4:00 Monday, October 3rd. To apply send an email to Ridgefieldhunt@fws.gov with the following information: Name, Age, Address, Phone