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Permits

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife laws and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. 

Wheeler 2013-2014 Refuge Regulations and Hunting Permit  

  • Permits

    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 SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Migratory Birds.

    Wheeler 2013-2014 Refuge Regulations and Hunting Permit 

  • Special Use Permits

    Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities and ensures 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.
    At the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife comes first. For this reason, Special Use Permits (SUP) are required in order to conduct may activities. 


     

    Special Use Permits are required for the following types of activities: 

    Biological Research 
    Commercial Photography or Videography 
    Commercial Tours or Activities  
    Special Events 
    Access to areas normally closed to the public  

    If you are interested in conducting one of the above named activities on the refuge, we encourage you to contact refuge management at least one month in advance of your work to begin the permit process. If you are found conducting an activity that requires a permit without the appropriate permission you could be subject to legal action. 
    Thank you for helping us protect America's wildlife and wild lands.
    For more information, visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits. Or, go to Howto Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or ApplicationForms. 

  • Passes

    A series of passes covers the entrance and standard amenity fees charged for using federal recreational lands – including national wildlife refuges. 

    Existing Golden Eagle Passports and National Parks Passes with an expiration date will be honored until they expire. Paper versions of the Golden Age or Golden Access Passports should be exchanged for the new Senior or Access passes. However, plastic Golden Age or Access passes are valid for the pass holder's lifetime and do not need to be exchanged.  

    The Senior and Access passes are good for the lifetime of the holder and make available (to the pass holder only) 50 percent discounts on some expanded amenity fees.

    Please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for more information about passes.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2013
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