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    Big Game Hunting

    The refuge is offering an archery only white-tailed deer hunt in fall 2015!

    Big Game Hunting

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    Support the Friends Group!

    The non-profit group helps the refuge put on special events, promotes awareness, and so much more!

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    Manatee Viewing

    The Manatee Observation Deck is a handicap accessible opportunity to view manatees in the wild.

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    Adopt a Trail Program

    Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce this new program to help reduce and control litter. Become a proud participant.


Duck Stamp


Duck Stamps are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They are not valid for postage. Created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today.

Duck Stamp Program

About the Complex

Merritt Island Complex

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The Merritt Island Complex manages St. Johns, Merritt Island and Lake Woodruff NWR's.

Merritt Island is managed as part of the Merritt Island Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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  • Big Game Hunting

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    The refuge is introducing an archery only Deer Hunt in fall 2015. The hunt will also include unlimited take of feral hogs. Hunters must obtain all necessary state and federal permits. This introductory hunt will be offered for 3 days on October 16-18, 2015 within permitted hunt areas.

    Deer/Hog Hunt Info
  • Fee Free Days!


    Get outside and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places – America’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission on these days in 2015.

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  • Found Wildlife


    Have you found a baby bird in your yard? See an injured bird on the road? Racoons in your attic?

    Find Out What To Do.
  • GPS Family Scavenger Hunt


    Reserve the GPS Family Backpack Kit that includes a GPS and scavenger hunt questions. Use the GPS to find locations at the refuge and answer the scavenger hunt questions. Complete the activity and receive a postcard and certificate. Call 321-861-5601 to reserve the backpack during regular visitor center operating hours. A deposit is required to borrow the GPS unit.

    Visitor Information Center
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Last Updated: Sep 25, 2015


  • Nature Watch Tour

    150otterChrisPaulPhotographyJune 05, 2015 - June 27, 2015

    Enjoy a narrated driving tour in the refuge shuttle bus and learn about refuge wildlife.

    Nature Watch Tour
  • Junior Ranger Program

    150HOODEDWARBLERDannyBalesJune 01, 2015 - July 31, 2015

    The Jr Ranger Program provides summer activities for kids aged 5 to 13, although people of all ages can participate.

    Junior Rangers
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