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White-tailed deer - Greg Thompson/USFWS.

White-tailed deer and their speckled fawns might be spied in the meadow along Ferry Way Trail. Turkey families strut boldly along the paths, and occasionally down the road. Learn more about wildlife during the summer on our Seasons of Wildlife page.

Seasons of Wildlife

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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Around the Refuge

  • Know Before You Go

    Nature photographer - Matt Poole/USFWS.

    During the warmer months at the refuge, mosquitoes and other biting insects can be very bothersome. Ticks are common on the refuge and can transmit Lyme disease. Please stay on all designated trails and take appropriate precautions to avoid ticks and other insects. Check out our Plan Your Visit page to learn more.

    Plan Your Visit
  • Visitor Activities

    Peverly Pond Trail - Matt Poole/USFWS.

    There are activities for the whole family year-round at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife observation, photography and hunting. Visit our Visitor Activities page to learn more about the refuge and our nature trails.

    Visitor Activities
  • 2014 Great Bay Deer Hunt

    This year's deer hunt will occur on Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16. Download the application and information memo below.

    Deer Hunt Application and Information Memo
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Salt marsh - Matt Poole/USFWS.
Last Updated: Dec 17, 2013
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