Youth Waterfowl Hunt Plan

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A Youth Waterfowl Hunt on the Riverboat Unit of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge was approved in the Federal Register on August 26th, 2015. The Refuge's Riverboat Unit is located several miles from the Refuge's Wildlife Center and will be open to the public on designated youth hunting days only. The hunt is for youth ages 17 and younger, under the supervision of an adult, and will take place two to four days per month during waterfowl hunting season.  

We understand that there may be many questions regarding this approved hunt. We continue to do our best to provide accurate and timely information. Please read through the information on this page and feel free to contact us if you have need for further information.

Final Rule Published in Federal Register

The final rule approving the implementation of a youth waterfowl hunt at Tualatin River NWR was published in the Federal Register on August 26th, 2015. This rule covers the overall 2015-2016 proposal for expanded hunting and fishing opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges, put forward by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.  Tualatin River NWR joins 21 other refuges across the system in expanding hunting and fishing opportunities for visitors. 

Read the final rule in the Federal Register

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Get the Facts

From why the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has proposed this hunt, to how the hunt will be conducted, we've provided answers to all of these important questions in our Youth Waterfowl Hunt Frequently Asked Questions.

Download the Youth Waterfowl Hunt FAQ

Prior Input Opportunities

The proposal process began with the release of a Draft Youth Waterfowl Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment. These documents were made available for public review and comment during the month of September 2014. Since then, the Refuge has reviewed those comments and prepared a Response to Public Comments. The proposal was then published in the Federal Register and comments were accepted through July 13th, 2015.  We greatly appreciate the level of public interest in this proposed hunt, and the comments were very helpful in finalizing the Youth Waterfowl Hunt Plan and Environmental Assessment.

The Process to Create a Youth Hunt

Interested in the steps that have gotten us to this point? We have prepared a document that outlines the proposal process: Proposed Youth Waterfowl Hunt Steps

This process also includes several other documents available to you: