Rules and Regulations

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All refuge visitors are subject to compliance checks.

Download:  General Refuge RegulationsRefuge Hunting Regulations


  • The Refuge is open during daylight hours only (1/2 -hour before sunrise to 1/2 -hour after sunset).
  • Camping, open fires, feeding or baiting of wildlife, swimming in Refuge canals, and entering any area posted with “Area Closed” signs are prohibited.
  • All domestic pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) must be properly confined, leashed (10-foot maximum), or haltered and under owner control at all times.
  • Littering or dumping of garbage, refuse, sewage, debris, or other wastes or poisons is prohibited.
  • The use of a spotlight, automotive headlight, or other artificial light to spot, observe, locate, or take any animal is prohibited.
  • Taking, possessing, injuring, disturbing, damaging, destroying, or collecting any plant or animal (or attempting these actions) is prohibited.
  • Destroying, defacing, damaging, disturbing, or removing any private or public property, including any natural object or artifact, is prohibited. The use or possession of metal detectors or similar devices is prohibited.
  • Disturbing, molesting, or interfering with any person engaged in an authorized activity is prohibited. Engaging in any act of indecency or disorderly conduct (as defined by State or local laws) is prohibited.
  • Entering or remaining on the Refuge when under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is prohibited.
  • Begging or soliciting in any form or conducting a commercial enterprise on the Refuge is prohibited.
  • Refuge visitors are reminded that the Wildlife Drive (see map) is adjacent to several hunting areas.  Please be aware that hunting is allowed during specific seasons, and be cautions and courteous when visiting areas shared with other refuge users.  


  • Taking or possessing of bear, turkey, bobcat, any furbearer, or any part thereof, is prohibited, except when transporting same along an NC State road or U.S. highway. 
  • Carrying, possessing, or discharging fireworks or explosives is prohibited.
  • Firearms may be discharged only by persons engaged in public hunting.
  • Possession of firearms is permitted in accordance with State law.
  • Hunting and fishing are subject to State and local regulations, seasons, and bag limits. A Refuge permit is required for hunting.  


  • The speed limit on all Refuge roads, unless otherwise posted, is 35 miles per hour. State traffic laws that govern the use and operation of vehicles apply on the Refuge.
  • Motorized vehicles are allowed only on designated roads.
  • Refuge roads closed to motorized vehicles are open for walking and bicycle riding, unless posted as closed to all entry. Horseback riding is allowed only on roads open to motorized vehicles. Groups of 6 or more horses must have a Refuge Special Use Permit.
  • Operating any vehicle or boat that does not bear valid license plates or identification numbers and that is not properly lighted, certified, registered, or inspected according to State laws is prohibited. ATV’s (3-wheelers, 4-wheelers, dirt bikes, etc.) are prohibited.
  • Stopping or parking a vehicle (either attended or unattended) on a road, trail, or firelane such that it blocks the free movement of other vehicles is prohibited.