Deer in Field Summer

Hunt Permits Available August 17th

Nine deer hunting permits will be sold first come, first served on August 17th at 7pm!

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Important Things to Know

Early Spring Transitional Time

Eastern Meadowlark

Early spring is a transitional time for the avian wildlife on the refuge. While some of the over wintering raptors such as Short-eared Owls and Northern Harriers are still likely to be present it becomes less likely that you will see Rough-legged Hawks as they are usually the first to migrate north to their breeding grounds. Eastern Meadowlarks are the first breeding birds to arrive so listen for their very musical song and look for distinctive flight over the grasslands.

Plan your visit

Short-eared Owls

The refuge now has a public restroom open year round, but no potable water sources. Please plan accordingly.

Information to plan your visit.

Things to do

Trail in Winter

Shawangunk Grasslands offers a variety of ways to enjoy the refuge including wildlife viewing, photography and hunting.

Learn about activities on the refuge
What's Happening

Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge Approved!

In October 2016, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director of the Service, approved Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)—a new refuge dedicated to managing shrubland habitat for wildlife in the Northeast. The Service can now start working with partners and willing-seller property owners to identify opportunities to acquire priority lands in fee simple or conservation easement within the designated focus areas of Great Thicket NWR.

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About the Complex

Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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