Riverboat Youth Waterfowl Hunt

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Youth waterfowl hunting at the Riverboat Unit provides safe and quality opportunities to harvest game while introducing young people to the hunting heritage, education opportunities, and mentorships.    The waterfowl hunt program is operated in a manner that is consistent and compatible with the purposes and goals of the refuge. 

Waterfowl Hunting Overview

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge offers youth hunters ages 17 and under with an opportunity to hunt ducks, geese, and coots during youth hunt days only.  All other species of wildlife not listed are protected.  

All youth must have passed a hunter education course, have their own hunting license, state waterfowl validation and migratory HIP (Harvest Information Program), federal waterfowl stamp and be accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older.  All those who plan on being in the blind must attend a mandatory orientation at the refuge prior to their hunt date, this includes hunter and non-hunter participants. If you do not attend the mandatory orientation you cannot attend the youth hunt and you will forfeit your blind. 

2017 Fact Sheet

Map of the Riverboat Unit hunt area and hunt blind locations   

2017 Youth Hunt Application 

2017 Orientation Dates

Saturdays: October 21st, 2017 and November 18th, 2017, from 9:00AM - 12:00PM, at the TRNWR Wildlife Center, 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood, OR 97140

2016-2017 Youth Hunt Dates

October 29th, 2017; November 11th, 2017; November 19th, 2017; November 25th, 2017; December 10th, 2017; December 16th, 2017 and December 24th 2017 on the Riverboat UnitOnly.  


Application and Registration Procedures

Applications will be accepted by postal mail, email, or in-person delivery to the Refuge Administrative Office.  This application must be postmarked, emailed or delivered no earlier than August 1 and received no later than October 1.  Only one application per youth hunter may be submitted.  Applications that are unreadable or do not follow guidelines will be excluded.  A confirmation letter with a blind number and date selected will be sent to you a minimum of 14 days in advance of the first hunt day of the season (October 29, 2017). 


Blind 1 provides improved access to hunters with disabilities.  To qualify for preference in using the blind, hunters with disabilities must possess and Oregon Disabilities hunting and Fishing Permit issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  (See http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/disability for more information.)

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Please call the refuge office at 503.625.5944 or e-mail us at tualatinriver@fws.gov