photo of a Great White Egret in flight courtesy Al Jojorian

Permits and regulations on National Wildlife Refuges are designed to provide sustainable benefits of natural wildlife resources while allowing for safe recreational use. Please help conserve your natural heritage by following regulations.

  • Use Permits

    Wildlife Management Area Permit

    All persons older than 16 or younger than 60 using Louisiana state wildlife management areas, (which includes the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge within the Sherburne Unit) for any reason must have in their possession a Wild Louisiana Stamp, hunting, or fishing license from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries or other local supplier of licenses.

    Special Use Permits

    Certain refuge activities, including, but not limited to scientific research and all commercial activities require a special use permit. Permits for research or commercial uses must be secured before any special use activity occurs on the refuge. Priority is given to studies or activities that contribute to the enhancement, protection, use, preservation, and management of native wildlife populations and their habitats.

    To obtain a special use permit, download the applicable permit application at the left sidebar. Plan ahead and allow 30 working days to process a permit. For more information on the permitting process, please contact the Refuge Manager. Completed permit applications should be returned to the Refuge manager. Refuge Manager Daniel Breaux. 985/882-2030 mailing address: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, LA 70445

  • Hunting Permits

    Hunting is permitted on the Sherburne Wildlife Management Unit for white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, woodcock, turkey, and waterfowl. Hunting is subject to Louisiana state licensing and regulations. A self-clearing permit is required to hunt on the Refuge, and can be obtained at kiosks along the entrance roads. For Louisiana hunting regulations follow link at upper left sidebar.

  • Fishing Permits

    Recreational fishing is open year round, subject to state of Louisiana licensing and regulations. See upper left sidebar for Louisiana fishing regulations.

  • Trapping

    Trapping occurs on Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge in accordance with the conservation mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals.

    Trapping may be used as a management tool to protect endangered species and migratory birds, prevent and address property damage, control invasive species, and manage common and abundant species. Trapping may also be also used to restore species of wildlife and gather scientific information through wildlife research. Trapping activities are carefully managed to ensure that safe, effective practices are used and wildlife populations are sustainable.

    Trapping when and where permitted follows state regulations; stricter rules may also apply. Trappers must have state licenses.