No Youth Lottery Hunts this season!! 2018-2019 Permits available online now!!

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  • Youth Lottery Hunt

    (8/22/17) Over the past few years, we have noticed that the quality of the deer herd has continued to trend down at Bayou Cocodrie.  This decline can be attributed to several factors.  This includes more reforestations to adjacent lands surrounding the refuge.  This simply means the deer have more locations and opportunities to forage on places other than the refuge.  Those places, that were reforested 10-15 years ago have now matured and producing lots of food sources.  We also think that hogs have played a role in dispersing herds across the landscape. These factors combined with the loss of the Bayou Cocodrie Refuge Manager and Maintenance Worker has caused us to re-align the way we manage resources on the refuge. 

    Starting this year we will be making the following changes:

    There will be a youth hunt this year.  There WILL NOT be any blinds available for this lottery hunt.  All youth that hunt this weekend will be allowed to hunt the designated open areas of the refuge only.

    There will be a mobility impaired hunt but with significant modifications. These include a call in, first come first serve basis.  There will only be two designated mobility impaired permanent blinds (to be determined) in the closed area at Bayou Cocodrie.  Folks interested in those blinds will need to call the St. Catherine Creek NWR office at:  601.442.6696 to make reservations.  Reservations are for one day only.

    We have also removed the deer firearm hunt at Bayou Cocodrie in early December.  Instead we now have the primitive firearm hunt (reduced by two days) in its place.  There were far too many young bucks (11/2 -21/2) being harvested during the Firearm hunt in early December.  

    Also, there is no registration or payment for the youth hunt, since there are no lotteries this year.  


  • Annual Public Permits


    Annual Public Use Permits are required for visitors who participate in hunting or fishing activities. Permits are $20.00 each and are valid August 1st through July 31st of each year.  See the Bayou Cocodrie hunting and fishing regulations brochure for more information.  All hunters and fishermen are encouraged to purchase their permits on-line at 

    No cash payments are accepted at the refuge office.  Major credit cards, debit cards, and money orders are accepted when purchasing a permit in person at the refuge.  All money orders must be made payable to USFWSPO Box 217, Sibley, MS 39165 .


    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.

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in:

    International Affairs (Management Authority)

    Endangered Species

    Law Enforcement

    Migratory Birds

    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.

  • Service Permits

    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.