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Rules, Regulations
and Improved Access

Information iconYoung hunter at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota. (Photo: Tina Shaw/USFWS)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides quality hunting opportunities on more than 330 national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts within the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is continually working to improve access by expanding the types of species that may be hunted on national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts, the number of acres on which hunting is permitted, and the types of weapons that can be used. In addition, the Service strives to align its regulations with state regulations, season dates and bag limits to the extent practicable.

The links below detail how Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations have expanded opportunities for sportsmen and women in recent years:

Information iconClarks River National Wildlife Refuge in Kentucky. (Photo: Michael Johnson/USFWS)