You can expect a lot of down time. I usually do pretty good every time I go out there to hunt because it is my backyard refuge and I've been hunting it ever since I could hunt( over 20 years know) also my job has me in the HL valley everyday. I'm not bragging I just know the HL refuges like the back of my hand. Anyways , with that being said what has hurt these refuges exponentially is lack of water in honey lake and has caused many wildlife related ripple effects. As far as waterfowl there are ancient migratory paths through the honey lake valley that are now being deviated by waterfowl because of no water. They can just fly another 2 hours and be in the butte sink or another hour and be at mountain meadows reservoir. However throw in management issues, overcrowding and every other refuge antic in the above variable and it will equate to very poor hunting if you are not on the "X" or have adjoining private to hunt when the refuge is being shot. Not trying to detour you... Just being honest. However, it can be overall a good refuge to hunt just like every other sleeper refuge if you hit it on the right day, know where your going, have a new fluctuation of birds to the area (refer back to ancient migratory path sentence) and have some weather.
Now, if your just coming up to hunt roosters it was a mediocre at best hatch this year. Bring a good dog and be prepared to walk your ass off with no expectations if success. However , there are pheasants out there but just like anything else.. You need to be on the X.
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