A Special Use Permit (SUP) is required to perform certain activities in the Bowdoin Complex.
We have developed three different Special Use Permit (SUP) forms which would
enable the public to engage in activities on a national wildlife refuge.
To meet OMB requirements that encourage electronic information collection, we
designed the new forms as both the application and the permit. These new forms
are available to the public online in a fillable format. It is now possible for
prospective permittees to fill out the first pages of the form, print it, sign
it, and return it to the refuge for processing. The permit is not valid until
approved and signed by a refuge official.
1. National Wildlife Refuge System Commercial Activities Special Use
Application and Permit. A fee is required for these uses. Permit would address activities such as:
Commercial activities such as bird and wildlife viewing tours
Commercial filming (audio, video, and photographic products of a
Agriculture (haying, grazing, crop planting, beekeeping, and other agricultural products)
Trapping on Bowdoin NWR
2. National Wildlife Refuge System Research and Monitoring Special Use
Application and Permit. Permit would address activities such as:
Research and monitoring activities by students, universities, or other non-FWS
3. National Wildlife Refuge System General Special Use Application and
Permit. Permit would address activities such as:
Hunting fox and coyote on Bowdoin NWR
Miscellaneous events (fishing tournaments, one-time events,
other special events)
Other (any activity not mentioned above)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.
Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered Species, Law Enforcement, and Migratory Birds.
Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits.
For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms.