• Hunting and Fishing Permits


    All plants and wildlife are protected on National Wildlife Refuges unless a specific refuge hunting season allows take. Bayou Sauvage NWR is open for youth waterfowl hunting only. More specific information is available in the Bayou Sauvage NWR Hunting and Fishing Regulations brochure. The Brochure outlines seasons, take limits and other regulations and when signed, the brochure serves as the hunting permit.  


    Sport fishing and shell fishing are permitted year round inside the Hurricane Levee. Sport fishing and shell fishing are permitted year round only after 12 p.m. outside the Hurricane Protection Levee from November 1 through January 31, and during the state teal season. Recreational Fishing is permitted year round in accordance with state regulations from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

  • Special Use 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.

    Download special use permit applications at the left sidebar.

  • America the Beautiful Land 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.

    Here is a link for more information about America the Beautiful Land Passes.

    A list of locations, with phone numbers and Web addresses, where interagency passes are issued, is available in PDF format. (126 KB).