Youth Waterfowl Hunt

2020 Youth Waterfowl Hunt Dates: November 7th, 15th, 21st, 29th. December 5th, 13th, 19th, 27th and January 2nd.
Youth Hunt 147x98 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.

Hunt Details

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.

Details and additional information can be found on our fact sheet.


2020 Dates: November 7th, 15th, 21st, 29th; December 5th, 13th, 19th, 27th and January 2nd

Time: Check in 90 minutes prior to legal hunt time. Check out no later than 1:00PM.

Location: Riverboat Unit of Tualatin River NWR. See map for specific location.

Cost: This is a FREE activity 

Registration: The application period for the 2020 hunt is open from August 15th, 2020 to October 1, 2020. For those who have applied, and been selected through our lottery system, 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 (November 7th, 2020).

Click here for the 2020 Youth Hunt Application 

Questions: Please contact the Refuge at or 503.625.5944 if you have any questions.

All first-time participants in the Tualatin River NWR youth waterfowl hunt (including non-hunting supervisors and observers who will be present in the blind during the hunt) must attend a mandatory orientation at the refuge prior to their hunt date. The orientations are October 31st, 2020 and November 21, 2020, from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Riverboat Unit hunt site.

In previous years, mentors and retrieving dogs have been made available to participants via the application process. Due to COVID-19, this will not be an option for the 2020 youth hunt program to ensure the safety of participants and volunteers. Additional changes, including cancellation of hunts, may be necessary depending on the status of COVID-19 restrictions. Any new information will be posted to this site as soon as it becomes available.  

We thank you for your support and patience.