Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

All native plants and wildlife, including this diamond-backed watersnake, are protected in Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge.

Dahomey NWR is open from sunrise to sunset. During hunting season, hunters may enter the refuge two hours before sunrise and must exit the refuge no later than two hours after sunset. 

All hunters and anglers should read and follow the current Hunting and Fishing Regulations and complete a harvest report card.  Report cards are available at all refuge kiosks.

All visitors must wear at least 500 square inches of visible fluorescent orange above the waistline during all hunting seasons.  See Hunting and Fishing Regulations for exceptions.

The following activities are prohibited:

  • Use or possession of alcoholic beverages
  • Use or possession of All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) or Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs)
  • Fires, camping or littering 
  • Collecting, removing, or damaging any animal or plant, except for those authorized in the Hunting and Fishing Regulations
  • No pets allowed.  Dogs are permitted only during designated hunts.