The National Bison Range (NBR) is open to the public year-round. If you are visiting the Refuge on your own or as a member of a recreational group, there is a pass fee but no permit is required. If, however, you intend to conduct a commercial activity; preform scientific research; collect resources, or other generally prohibited activities (e.g. access to closed areas, overnight use), a Special Use Permit is required.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognize the crucial link between public awareness and effective management of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS). There are three different Special Use Permit Application forms (Commercial, Research and General) to enable the public to engage in special activities on a national wildlife refuge. Prospective permit holders must fill out the pertinent application, sign and return it to the refuge for processing via mail, fax or email. Approved applications will be issued a permit signed by a Refuge official.
Please allow Refuge staff at least ten (10) business days after confirmation of receipt to process the Special Use Permit application. Any request within a shorter time frame may not be accommodated and depending on the request, more time may be required.
Permitted activities differ by Refuge, as each must assess appropriate and compatible uses. Please contact refuge staff to confirm whether your proposed activity is appropriate, compatible and permitted at the NBR.
All inquiries and applications may be directed to:
National Bison Range
58355 Bison Range Road
Moiese, MT 59824
406/644-2211 extension 0