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 your natural heritage by following permitting rules and regulations.

  • 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. Find out more at the National Wildlife Refuge System permit page at this link.

    To get a special use permit, download the applicable permit application at top left sidebar. Plan ahead and allow 30 working days to process a permit. For more information on the permitting process, please contact the Barret Fortier. 985/882-2011 

    Completed permit applications should be returned to the Refuge manager Barret Fortier,  Mailing address: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, LA 70445

  • Hunting Permits


    Hunting is allowed on Delta National Wildlife Refuge for white-tailed deer, hog, rabbit, and migratory game birds. Hunting is subject to Louisiana state licensing and regulations. A copy of the Refuge General Fishing and Hunting Regulations must be signed and carried to hunt the Refuge. Download at top left sidebar. Louisiana hunting regulations can also be found at upper left sidebar.

  • Fishing Permits


    Recreational fishing and crabbing are allowed in designated areas (shown on regulations map), in accordance with state regulations. Refuge specific regulations with map of open areas can be downloaded the top left sidebar.