Rules and Regulations


Hunting, fishing, and other forms of recreation are managed to provide sustainable natural resources and to provide for public safety. All plants and wildlife are protected on National Wildlife Refuges unless specific refuge hunting or fishing regulations allows take. Please help conserve your natural heritage by following regulations.

Delta general rules and regulations brochure.

Migratory game bird, big game, and upland game hunting, as well as sport fishing are allowed on the Refuge subject to Louisiana state regulations. 

Consult and download Delta National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) General Fishing and Hunting Regulations at upper left sidebar for specific Delta NWR hunting and fishing regulations. Hunters must carry a signed copy of the Refuge regulations, which serve as a Refuge hunting permit, when hunting the Refuge.

The following activities are prohibited on the refuge: 

• Feeding wildlife.
• Air-thrust boats, aircraft, mud boats, and air-cooled propulsion engines.
• Acting as a hunting or fishing guide or outfitter on the Refuge and receiving any form of compensation for a guiding activity - including guiding, outfitting, lodging fees, or club membership.
• Discharge of firearms within 250 yards of buildings or work sites, such as oil or gas production facilities.
• Possession of buckshot, lead shot, slugs, rifles, or rifle ammunition while hunting.
• Dogs and driving of deer during archery hunts.
• Possession or distribution of bait or hunting with the aid of bait, including any grain, salt, minerals, other feed, or any non-naturally occurring attractant.
• Use or possession of alcohol while hunting.
• Trail cameras or deer decoys.
• Open fires.
• Cutting, removing, or damaging trees and other plants.
• Target shooting.
• Camping.
• Using flagging or trail markers, except reflective tacks.
• All commercial fin fishing and shell fishing.
• Trotlines, limb lines, slat traps, jug lines, nets, or alligator lines.
• Taking of turtles.

The Refuge is closed at night, except during season, hunters may enter the Refuge at 4 a.m Special closures are in effect during waterfowl season. Consult Delta NWR General Fishing and Hunting Regulations (upper left sidebar) for specific information and map.