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 Rydell National Wildlife Refuge updated the refuge’s hunting program to expand hunting opportunities for new species. The refuge opened to ducks, geese, American coots, American woodcock, mourning doves, gray (Hungarian) partridge, ruffed grouse, prairie grouse (sharp-tailed grouse and prairie chicken), ring-necked pheasants, wild turkeys, rabbits and hares, and tree squirrels. The refuge also expanded existing white-tail deer hunting to include an archery season. 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

Minor Amendment to Comprehensive Conservation Plan Memo

Rydell Hunting Brochure