Resource Management

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Deer Harvest Management

Deer hunting is a major public use on Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge and is an important wildlife management tool that the National Refuge System recognizes as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs. At Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge hunting does not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances it is necessary for sound wildlife management. It is used to manage the deer herd in the absence of natural predators like wolves and mountain lions that historically kept deer herds at a level that the habitat could support, also known as carrying capacity. 

Trapping Occurs on this Refuge


Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information on trapping within the National Wildlife Refuge System.