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Where to Hunt on Federal Land: Idaho, Nevada, and Utah

Feb 11, 2008
Hunting is a favorite hobby of many enthusiasts. If you are like many other hunters, you are looking for new, unique, and exciting places to hunt. In this article, we will discuss different federal land areas that allow hunting. However, it is important to remember that each state has their own sets of rules and regulations when it comes to hunting on their land. This land is typically designated as a wildlife refuge therefore; there are many laws that protect certain species of animals.

Here in this article, we will cover the areas of Idaho, Nevada, and Utah.


In Idaho, the Camas National Wildlife Refuge is the established federal refuge located in Hamer, Idaho. Located in Southeast Idaho, the Camas National Wildlife Refuge is home to many different species of wildlife. The refuge hosts as many as three thousand geese and fifty thousand ducks during migration season. Swan also frequents the refuge as of late as well. Typically, these are trumpeter and tundra swans.

With 10,578 acres of land, the Camas National Wildlife Refuge, is also home to habitat of uplands, meadows, and marshes. For hunters, they have the opportunity to enjoy game bird and waterfowl hunting. The government has defined specific areas for hunting only and as in most states, you are required to have a license to hunt, as well as stamps that may be required on the federal and state level. Permits and validation may also be required Hunters generally enjoy hunting for sape grouse, pheasants, snipe, mergansers, coots, geese, and ducks.


In Nevada, the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 23,000 acres of land. These wetlands are spring fed and is the home of many different species of animals. At least twenty-five of these species cannot be found in other areas of the world. Of these twenty-five, thirteen of them have been placed on the threatened or endangered list. Located in Amargosa Valley, Nevada, the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1984.
Hunting in the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is allowed in specific designated areas. For example, within the Death Valley National Park, hunting is not allowed. Hunters are allowed to hunt for a variety of animals such as rabbit, quail, doves, snipe, moorhens, coots, ducks, and geese. Non-toxic shots are the only type of ammunition approved for use in the area and hunters may use dogs while hunting. It is important to note the times and seasons for hunting different game before converging to the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.


The Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge is located in Dugway, Utah. This 17,992 acres of land was created in 1959. It is the home for many wintering and migrating birds and provides habitat for many different species of animals at the same time. While this land is now the location of the Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, at one time, almost 10,000 years to be precise, this area was the home to Indian tribes.

For hunting enthusiasts, you can hunt only geese, coots, mergansers, and ducks. It is prohibited and illegal to hunt for other wildlife species. During season, hunters may start hunting up to two hours before sunrise and must cease all hunting by one and a half hours after the sun has set. You should make sure that you have any and all licenses, stamps and permits as required. If you start hunting without possessing any of these things, you may be ticketed and fined.

Hunting in every state is different and each state has their own specific rules and regulations. It is important to learn about these before you go hunting so you can be sure to abide and follow all rules and regulations. The internet can be a great sources for determining what is allowed and what is not in each area. Consult with the specific federal parks if you have any questions about their hours of operation, season opening, rules on weaponry, and ammunition.

Most of all, enjoy your time hunting and enjoy the wildlife at the same time. While hunting may be your biggest love, you should take a moment to view all that nature has to offer while at any of these refuges as well. Each one has become a landmark for many different species of wildlife, some endangered and some threatened.
About the Author
Scott peters is an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and Leupold scope dealer. To learn more about Leupold Mark 4 MR/T rifle scopes please go to Leupold Mark 4 MR/T.
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