Rules and Regulations

To protect habitat and keep Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge a safe place for wildlife and people, please follow these simple rules:

  • Drive only on designated roads, not in refuge farm fields.
  • Camping, open fires, and fireworks are prohibited.
  • Seasonal hunting opportunities are offered and require a refuge permit. Please check refuge website for details.
  • No horses, all terrain vehicles, motorcycles, or dirt bikes are allowed on the refuge.
  • Disturbing or collecting any plant or animal is prohibited.
  • Looking for and/or collecting artifacts is not allowed.
  • Pets are allowed on the refuge, but must be kept on a leash and under control of the owner at all times.
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. 
  • Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations.
  • Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge should be a quiet place to enjoy nature--leave fireworks, loud radios, and other sound equipment at home.
  • Swimming, personal watercraft (i.e., jet ski), water skiing, and airboats are not allowed on the refuge.
  • Take all litter with you. 
  • Special Regulations are in effect for some activities. If you are uncertain if an activity is allowed or has special rules, please contact the Refuge Headquarters at 903-786-2826.
  • For fishing and boating information, please see Visitor Activities-Fishing

Refuge Hunting and Fishing Regulations Published in the 2019 Federal Register