Hunt Expansion

Hunting on a Refuge

Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s.  Today, more than 399 refuges and 7 national fish hatcheries are open to the public for hunting and 331 refuges and 18 hatcheries are open to sportfishing. Here in the midwest, national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas are a huge part of this tradition. We welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to experience fishing and hunting in amazing places. 


The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge updated the refuge’s hunting program to open 230 acres to new hunting opportunities. For additional information, see links to the final documents and the response to comments received. Let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

Hunt Plan Amendment

Endangered Species Act Intra-Service Section 7 Determination

Response to Comments

Categorical Exclusion and Environmental Action Statement