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 our natural heritage by following these rules.

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 Shelley Stiaes. 985/882-2026  mailing address: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, LA 70445

Hunting Permits

The Refuge is open for hunting of deer, small game, waterfowl, and woodcock. Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is subject to Louisiana hunting licensing, regulations, and seasons. All hunters must complete a daily check card at designated check stations. More specific information is available in the Bayou Teche NWR Public Use Regulations brochure. The Brochure outlines seasons, take limits, and other regulations and when signed, the brochure serves as the hunting permit. All Refuge hunters are required to possess this signed permit while on the Refuge. This free permit can be downloaded here and must be carried when hunting on the Refuge.

Fishing Permits

Recreational fishing is permitted year round in accordance with Louisiana licensing, regulations, and seasons, from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Fishing is allowed from shore and from boats in open waterways. Commercial fishing is prohibited. Fishing lines must be attended at all times –nets, traps, and unattended trot, bush, or jug lines are not allowed.