Hunting at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Oregon. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Welcome, enjoy your visit! Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is located in the high desert country of southeastern Oregon. The 187,000 acre refuge is a remote, arid land of shallow marshes, lakes, small ponds, flood irrigated meadows, alkali flats, rimrock and grass and sagebrush covered hills. The Refuge is situated at 4,100 feet in elevation. Radical weather changes, including lightening storms and intense heat and cold can occur. Be prepared for weather extremes and traveling long distances over gravel roads. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and the gas tank is full. The Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Information about hunting, road conditions and nearby services can be obtained at Refuge headquarters. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 4:30 pm and Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and staffed with volunteers most weekends. Hunting Regulations Hunt Safely and Ethically – Limited sport hunting is authorized in accordance with all applicable Federal and Oregon State laws. Accidents – Injuries or accidents occurring on the Refuge must be reported immediately. Blinds – Temporary blinds may be erected on Malheur Lake hunt areas during the hunt season. Blinds and all private property must be removed daily. Boats – Nonmotorized or boats with electric motors are authorized on Malheur Lake hunt areas during the hunt season. Dogs – The use of trained dogs is strongly encouraged. Dogs must be kept under close control. Gates, Dikes and Road Accesses – Gates, dikes and road accesses may not be blocked by vehicles. Leave all gates as you find them. Roads and Parking – Shooting from or across public roads or road right-of-ways is prohibited. Off road parking must be within one vehicle length from roadways. Vehicle Travel – Motorized vehicles are authorized only on roads shown on this map. All vehicles must have current state registration and be operated by licensed drivers. Accessing roads and areas not shown as permitted on this map is prohibited. Weapons and Ammunition – Possession of weapons follows all State regulations on the Refuge. Discharge of weapons is allowed only on hunt areas shown on this map during the hunt seasons. Only nontoxic shot may be possessed or used. Prohibited Activities/Areas – All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), camping, fires, swimming and collecting natural objects such as plants, animals, minerals, antlers, and objects of antiquity (including Indian artifacts) are prohibited. Y Signs to Follow NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY PROHIBITED This sign delineates the Refuge boundary. You may enter areas only on roads and designated hunt areas shown on this map. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE Hunters may enter areas delineated by this sign only in designated hunt areas shown on this map. PUBLIC HUNTING AREA Limited public fishing under Federal and State laws. Consult Manager for current regulations. NONTOXIC SHOT SHOT STEEL ZONE Special Regulations In Effect–Consult Manager NO HUNTING ZONE Used alone or under a Refuge boundary sign. The area behind this sign may be hunted as permitted by Refuge regulations. Hunters may possess or use only nontoxic shot when hunting on the Refuge. The possession or use of lead shot is prohibited. Hunting is not permitted in the areas delineated by this sign, as well as designated no hunting zones indicated on the enclosed map. More Information Malheur National Wildlife Refuge 36391 Sodhouse Lane Princeton, Oregon 97721 541/493 2612 www.fws.gov/malheur/ October 2020 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Hunting U.S. Fish & Wildlife Lawen 78 Lawen Road Wright's Point 205 Ruh-Red Road North Double O Road Crane Saddle Butte 78 Malheur Lake Double O Road New Princeton Mud Lake Harney Lake Sodhouse Lane Malheur Field Station Paved Roads Gravel Roads Refuge Boundary - NO Hunting Zones North Malheur Lake Hunt Area (22,500 acres) Species: Doves, Geese, Ducks, Coots, Snipe, Pigeons, Pheasant, Quail, and Partridge Season/Limits: Oregon State Seasons and Limits Saddle Butte Blitzen River Lava Bed Road Rattlesnake Butte Diamond Craters Outstanding Natural Area • At low water (<10,000 acres), waterfowl hunting will not be permitted South Malheur Lake Hunt Area (4,600 acres) Species: Doves, Geese, Ducks, Coots, Snipe, and Pigeons 78 Historic Sod House Ranch Auto Tour Route (CPR) Double O Station Buena Vista Ponds and Overlook Season/Limits: 4th Saturday of October to the end of Oregon State Waterfowl Season and Limits Diamond Lane Diamond • Caspian Tern Island is closed to hunting • At low water (<10,000 acres), waterfowl hunting will not be permitted Buena Vista Lake Hunt Area (East of Hwy 205 as posted; 36,000 acres) Krumbo Lane Krumbo Reservoir Upland Game Species: Pheasant, Quail, and Partridge Season/Limits: 4th Saturday of October to the end of Oregon State Pheasant Season and Limits N Blitzen River Waterfowl Species: Doves, Geese, Ducks, Coots, Snipe, and Pigeons Season/Limits: 4th Saturday of October to the end of Oregon State Waterfowl Season and Limits Boundary Hunt Area (West of Hwy 205 and Krumbo Creek Hunt Area) Species: Deer, Pronghorn, and Rabbit Season/Limits: Oregon State Seasons and Limits Refuge Headquarters - Visitor Center Hunters Parking - NO Hunting Zones Camping Area October 2020 Bridge Creek ek East Canal Road Frenchglen 205 eCre idg Br Historic P Ranch Mu dC 0 ree 0 Kilometers 5 k Page Springs Campground Miles Steens Mt Loop Road 5