Permits

Photo of a University of Missouri graduate student conducting mist-netting for bat research via a special-use permit on the Overton Bottoms North Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge by Anna Weyers/USFWS.

Photo of a University of Missouri graduate student conducting mist-netting for bat research via a special-use permit on the Overton Bottoms North Unit of the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge by Anna Weyers/USFWS. 

  • Permits

    Special use permits are required for a number of compatible activities including, but not limited to: scientific research, commercial still and video photography, nuisance trapping, tree removal, etc. 

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife laws 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. 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.

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Migratory Birds

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System website or their Special Use Permits page for more information regarding activities that require permits, permit forms, etc.

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms

    For more information specific to this Refuge, please contact Refuge staff at 660-672-2806.