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Permits

A line of Canada geese flying in V formation against blue-green forest.  Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer NBRC/USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife laws 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.

Please allow Refuge staff at least two weeks to receive and process Special Use Permit, particularly if the permittee is seeking to conduct activities on a weekend or Federal holiday when authorized staff may not be present to issue a permit. Permit applications may be submitted by mail, fax, or email. 

  • Research Project Permits

    A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee holds a large, white trumpeter swan, newly marked with a red collar band, in preparation to release at Pablo NWR.  Another swan, also marked with a red neck band, rests nearby.  NBRC photo

    Pablo National Wildlife Refuge promotes conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activities to occur on Refuge lands. Some of these are done under the auspices of University programs or non-governmental conservation groups (NGOs). Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife.

    Details of current and past research projects on the National Bison Range Complex can be found under the Science section of the Bison Range website.

    For those interested, please send research proposal and special use permit form 3-1383-R to:

    Bob Rebarchik, Deputy Project Leader
    c/o National Bison Range
    58355 Bison Range Road
    Moiese, MT 59824
    Email: bob_rebarchik@fws.gov
    406/644-2211 extension 203
    FAX: 406-644-2661 

  • Natural History Filming

    A cinematographer holds his camera on his shoulder and peers through the viewfinder, filming in the field.  Photo by Pat Jamieson, NBRC/USFWS

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes the crucial link between public awareness and effective management of the National Wildlife Refuge System. We can use natural history films as an opportunity to educate and inform public about the National Wildlife Refuge System and raise the visibility of, and thus the support for, the Refuge System. The Service conducted a compatibility review and decided to allow producers of natural history films to obtain footage of wildlife in their native habitat on the National Bison Range Complex lands. To receive a permit, subjects and themes must support and enhance the mission of the US Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.

    Interested parties need to apply for and receive a special use permit for each project. Information needed to process the permit will include: description of project objectives and themes, intended audience, types of equipment to be used, estimated amount of time to spend in the field, and bonding information. Please completely fill out and submit special use permit form 3-1383-C. Feel free to attach additional informational, such as promotional brochures and web links, to help clarify your project. Applicants must allow at least two weeks for the Project Leader to process the permit and determine appropriateness of project. Photographing, videoing or filming of wildlife will be permitted only when wildlife and natural resources will not be molested, harmed, or disturbed.

    Send permit 3-1383-C to:
    Natural History Film Request
    c/o National Bison Range
    58355 Bison Range Road
    Moiese, MT 59824
    FAX: 406-644-2661
    Email: bisonrange@fws.gov 

  • Cultural Collection

    Tribal members may apply for a permit to collect culturally significant plants on Pablo National Wildlife Refuge. Permits allow Native Americans to continue historic collection and allow the Service to document cultural use and to protect resources. Plants must be for non-commercial personal or community use.

    Complete and send permit 3-1383-C to:
    Cultural Collection Request
    c/o National Bison Range
    58355 Bison Range Road
    Moiese, MT 59824
    FAX: 406-644-2661
    Email: bisonrange@fws.gov 

  • Passes and Licenses

    Under a cooperative agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), the general Tribal recreation fee is waived for non-consumptive use of Pablo National Wildlife Refuge by non-members of the CSKT. In turn, this allows fees to be waived for CSKT tribal members visiting the National Bison Range.

    In accordance with State law and the Joint State/Tribal Agreement, anglers must possess a joint Flathead Reservation Use and Conservation Permit and Fishing Stamp. For limits, seasons and other regulations, refer to the Flathead Indian Reservation Fishing Regulations.

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014
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