What We Do

We use a combination of conservation tool to manage refuge lands including: prescribed burning, grazing, mowing/haying after July 15, brush and tree cutting, chemical application for weed control and seeding of prairie vegetation.

Law Enforcement

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officers have a wide variety of duties and responsibilities. Officers help visitors understand and obey wildlife protection laws. They work closely with state and local government offices to enforce federal, state and refuge hunting regulations that protect migratory birds and other game species from illegal take and preserve legitimate hunting opportunities.

Laws and Regulations

Generally, all refuge units are open to hunting in accordance with state and federal regulations. However, regulations may differ from unit to unit and state regulations differ between Minnesota and Iowa. Please check with the manager of each unit for current information about hunting regulations in that area.