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National Wildlife Refuge Regulations

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National Wildlife Refuges

Caution: More restrictive regulations may apply on National Wildlife Refuges. The following is only a summary of the general hunting available on national wildlife refuges in Nevada. A complete list of the federal regulations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations 50CFR SUBCHAPTER C. In addition, all National Wildlife Refuges have general provisions regarding travel, firearms, alcohol consumption, fireworks and hunting. Check with the refuge manager before hunting on a National Wildlife Refuge. For additional information on specific refuge regulations, contact the refuge managers or refuge law enforcement staff listed below:

Chief, Office of Refuge Law Enforcement

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

California/Nevada Operations Office

2800 Cottage Way, Room W-2606

Sacramento, CA, (916) 414-6464

Refuge Law Enforcement Zone Office

Office of Refuge Enforcement

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

1200 Franklin Way

Sparks, NV, (775) 352-1282

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is closed to trapping. The hunting of migratory and upland game birds is permitted on designated areas of the refuge. Upland game hunters may hunt rabbit on designated areas of the refuge. All other species of wildlife are protected (including coyotes and common crow). The refuge is open for hunting in accordance with state hunting hours by species. All hunters are subject to state regulations and the following refuge general and specific regulations:

  1. The following migratory game birds may be hunted: ducks (including mergansers), geese, coots, moorhens, snipe and dove.
  2. The following upland game birds may be hunted: quail.
  3. All firearms must be unloaded and dismantled or cased while in vehicles.
  4. Only nontoxic shot may be possessed by upland game hunters and migratory game bird hunters while in the field.
  5. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is prohibited.
  6. Only street legal vehicles are allowed on designated roads within the refuge.
  7. Only motorless boats or boats with electric motors are allowed and only in Crystal and Peterson Reservoirs.
  8. A flyer may be picked up at the refuge entrances, which gives additional refuge information and a map of open/closed areas for hunting. The refuge office is open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when staff is available.

Check with refuge at (775) 372-5435.

Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Desert National Wildlife Refuge is closed to migratory game bird hunting, trapping and upland game hunting. Desert NWR is open, by state-issued permit only, to desert bighorn sheep hunting. Check with Refuge at (702) 879-6110.

Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Clark County is closed to all hunting and trapping. Check with Refuge at (702) 515-5450.

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge is closed to trapping. The hunting of migratory game birds, geese, ducks, coots, moorhens (gallinules), snipe and mourning doves is permitted on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions:

  1. Only non-motorized boats or other motorless flotation devices are permitted on the refuge hunting area during the migratory waterfowl hunting season.
  2. Hunting of waterfowl, coots and moorhens (gallinules) is permitted only on the opening weekend and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the remainder of the season.
  3. Upland Game hunters may hunt quail and rabbit as permitted on designated areas of the refuge subject to the following conditions: Hunting of jackrabbit is permitted only during the regular state season for cottontail rabbit.
  4. Only nontoxic shot may be possessed by upland game hunters and migratory game bird hunters while in the field.

Check with Refuge at (775) 725-3417 or http://www.fws.gov/refuge/pahranagat.

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is closed to upland game hunting. Check with Refuge at (775) 779-2237.

The following areas are open for migratory bird hunting as listed:

  1. The hunt area includes the area as posted from the Brown Dike access road and Brown Dike to the White Pine County Line. No hunting is permitted on Brown Dike or from the Brown Dike access road. In White Pine County, the spring pond area between the county road and the marsh edge is open as posted. For public safety, a no hunting zone is posted in the immediate vicinity of the Main Boat Landing. As posted, no hunting is permitted at or around Narciss Boat Landing.
  2. Only ducks (including mergansers), dark geese (including white-fronted and Canada geese), coots, moorhens (gallinules) and snipe may be hunted. ALL OTHER SPECIES OF WILDLIFE ARE PROTECTED.
  3. The entire Ruby Valley, including Ruby Lake Refuge, is closed to the hunting of all white waterfowl.
  4. Hunting on the refuge is permitted daily during the waterfowl season as established by the State of Nevada.
  5. The refuge is open to the public from one hour before sunrise to two hours after sunset.
  6. No boats are permitted on the refuge from January 1 to June 14. Only foot (kick fin) propelled floatation devices (float tubes) are allowed and only in designated areas from January 1 to June 14.
  7. No reservations or special refuge permits are required.
  8. Hunters may use portable hunting blinds and temporary blinds constructed of natural vegetation. All decoys, portable blinds and other personal property must be removed from the refuge daily and temporary blinds must be dismantled at the close of each day.
  9. No All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) or snowmobiles are permitted on Ruby Lake Refuge.
  10. You must unload firearms before transporting them on the refuge. “Unloaded” means no ammunition is in the chamber or magazine of the firearm.

Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge

Check with Refuge at (775) 423-5128. The Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is open for hunting of migratory and upland game birds, small game animals, big game and unprotected species in accordance with NDOW regulations and subject to the following:

  1. Boating restrictions are in effect, check with Refuge at (775) 423-5128.
  2. Airboat owners are required to obtain an annual permit from the Refuge Manager and display a number on their airboat.
  3. You are not allowed to hunt inside the posted No Hunting Zone around the residence of the former Alves property.
  4. You are not allowed to hunt inside the sanctuary, which is the area located south of Division Road, south of Stillwater and East County Roads, and south of the Canvasback Gun Club between West County and Hunter Roads.
  5. You may not possess loaded weapons inside the posted Retrieval Zone. The zone begins on the north edge of Division Road and extends 200 yards north.
  6. Persons are allowed to transport rifles and pistols through the refuge only when unloaded and cased.
  7. You may use only registered vehicles on designated roads. You may not use any off-highway vehicles (OHV).
  8. You may park only on designated boat landings and in designated parking areas.
  9. Overnight stays are allowed in designated areas only. Campfires are not allowed.
  10. Hunters are required to use only shotguns and nontoxic shot while hunting upland and migratory game birds, small game mammals and unprotected species.
  11. Hunters are required to use only shotguns, muzzle loading weapons or bow and arrow while hunting big game.
  12. The use of rifles, pistols or other weapons not listed above is not allowed.
  13. Using or possessing lead shot is not allowed.
  14. Hunting at night is not allowed. Using or possessing alcohol while hunting is prohibited.

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge

Check with Refuge at (541) 947-3315. The hunting of big game, migratory game birds and upland game birds is permitted on the refuge. All other species of wildlife are protected. The refuge is open for hunting in accordance with state hunting regulations and the following refuge general specific regulations.

  1. Areas closed to all hunting includes Little Sheldon, the Virgin Valley including Dufurrena and other areas as posted.
  2. Catnip Reservoir, Big Spring Reservoir and the Virgin Valley are closed to migratory bird hunting. The remainder of the refuge is open for migratory bird hunting in accordance with NDOW seasons and bag limits.
  3. The refuge is open to sage grouse, California quail and chukar hunting in accordance with NDOW regulations.
  4. Big game hunting is allowed in accordance with NDOW regulations.
  5. No permanent blinds are allowed on the Sheldon.