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Many activities at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge do not require a permit; however, certain activities, including these listed below, require a permit. 

  • Hunting and Fishing

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    All Montana state hunting and fishing licenses and tags and laws apply on the refuge.

    No specific refuge permit other than the required state licenses and tags is required for hunting or fishing, outside of the Refuge Special Big Game Hunt in November.  

    Use the link to view the hunting plan for the refuge.

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  • Special Big Game Hunt


    A special big game hunt is held in November. Hunters chosen by lottery may take elk, deer or pronghorn in a designated restricted-access area of the refuge with a special permit. Applications will not be accepted until August and the form will be posted here at that time.  There is no fee for this permit.  Applications must be mailed directly to the refuge.

  • Click  here for important information starting August 1, 2014 about Big Game Permits: Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Announces Fall Big Game Hunting Special Permit. 
  • Click  here to Download Big/Upland Game Hunt Application FORM.

  • Commercial Photography

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    Permits are required for Commercial photography such as for magazine ads, TV commercials, movies, etc. This will ensure that all refuge management will be aware of the activities and so that wildlife and vegetation can be protected from excessive equipment or vehicles, noise and congestion. Contact the refuge manager for a permit.

  • Montana State

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    Click the link below for hunting and fishing regulations at the Montana State Fish, Wildlife and Parks website.

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  • Other Permits

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    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits. 

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms.

  • Last Updated: Aug 05, 2014
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