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Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit First Lottery Begins August 16!

Washington County State Recreation Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 750
  • Habitat: An abundance of cover in the form of hardwood timber, shrubby fencerows and brushy areas. These are interspersed with cultivated fields, native grass patches, and fallow fields. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Hunters may leave stands unattended September 15-January 31. Stands must be legibly marked with owner’s name, address and telephone number
  • No hunting is permitted in posted areas, developed recreation areas, and within 100 yards of construction sites, residences and developed recreation areas
  • All hunting is by shotgun or archery only, unless noted hereafter
  • Species-specific rules:


  • Archery
    • Statewide regulations


  • Spring
    • Statewide regulations
    • Site-specific permit through lottery
  • Fall Archery
    • Statewide regulations


  • No waterfowl hunting offered


  • Squirrels
    • Statewide regulations
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations

Upland Birds

  • Dove
    • September 1-5 hours are noon-5 p.m. then statewide hours after
    • Drawing will be held if needed. Contact site for more information
  • Woodcock
    • Statewide regulations
  • Quail
    • Statewide regulations


  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations
    • Rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller may be used from sunset to sunrise.
    • Furbearer hunting closed during Firearm Deer Season
      • Hunters with a valid, unfilled firearm deer permit for the hunt area may take coyotes during legal hours of the firearm deer season. Otherwise, the use of shotgun slugs to take furbearing mammals is prohibited on state sites.
    • Coyote and striped skunk season coincides with the statewide fox season.
  • Trapping
    • Quota of 2 trappers. Contact site for information on site specific permit
    • Only Egg Traps, D-P(Dog Proof) traps, box traps, cage traps and traps of similar design may be used for land sets. Body gripping traps with a 10 inch jaw spread or larger must be totally submerged in the water when set