We went out on the sound and had a blast. We through out about 3doz dekes and anchored the boat in the middle. The cool thing is you can see them coming from nearly 1/2 mile away. Buffies, Goldeneye, Cans, Scoters, and Bluebill. I got my first Hooded Mergie in full plume this year thats going on the wall.
The island itself I think is closed, your not supposed to even take a gun out there, bow only, but I have been elk hunting out there and herd people shooting, maybe from a boat, and I'm pretty sure that the east side of that is the refuge also, the west side is pretty close to houses, (nahcotta, oysterville), but maybe you can hang out in the grass there or in a slew and shoot, I called the game dept. about bear hunting there with a shotgun, they told me if it is a restricted area you can, so I'm still not sure, at the boat launch it says no guns!
The shots you hear must be from the mainland. check out http://willapa.fws.gov/ the very bottom states the part of willapa nwr is closed to waterfowl hunting by presidential proclamation. a check of a map shows the island is in the middle of this area. check with willapa national wildlife office though. let me know what you find out please just so I know for sure.
Designated areas of the Refuge are open
to goose, duck, coot, and snipe hunting
in accordance with state migratory
waterfowl and upland game season
regulations and the following regulations:
All Refuge Areas
Migratory waterfowl and upland game
hunters shall possess and use only
nontoxic shot. Waterfowl hunting is not
allowed within the Presidential Proclama-tion
area surrounding Long Island and
near the mouth of the Bear River.
Goose hunting from established blinds is
open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
Wednesdays and Saturdays. Prior to en-
tering the hunt area, hunters are required
to obtain a permit, pay a recreation user
fee, and obtain a blind assignment. Hunt-ers
may take ducks and coots only coin-cidental
to hunting geese. Exclusive hunt-ing
of ducks is not permitted. Hunters
shall possess and use, while in the field,
no more than 25 shell per day. One blind
is accessible to disabled persons.
Hunting of geese, ducks, and coots is
permitted in Lewis Unit.
Archery hunting of blue and ruffed grouse
is permitted on Long Island. Hunters must
obtain and carry a Refuge permit and
report game taken, as specified with the
permit. Firearms, motorized vehicles,
power equipment (e.g. chainsaws and
generators) and dogs are not permitted
on Long Island at any time. Additional
information is available from Willapa
National Wildlife Refuge, 3888 SR 101,
Ilwaco, WA 98624, (360) 484-3482.
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