Rules and Regulations

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National Wildlife Refuges are places where wildlife comes first. Although people are welcome, activities are regulated and monitored to ensure that impacts are minimal to the animals and plants that call the refuge "home."


General Regulations
The following acts are prohibited:

  • Operation of vehicles on “CLOSED” roads
  • All commercial activities including guiding or participating in a paid guided hunt
  • Hunting in designated CLOSED or no hunting areas
  • The use of artificial light, including vehicle headlights, to locate or take any animal except as authorized for raccoon and frog hunting
  • Use or possession of toxic shot, including buckshot
  • Use or possession of climbing spikes or hunting from a tree which has metal objects driven or screwed into it
  • Use or possession of any drug or device for employing such drug for hunting
  • Use of plastic flagging tape or other trail marking devices
  • Use or possession of alcohol
  • Camping
  • Fires
  • Horses and mules
  • Organized drives for deer or hogs
  • Baiting, possession of bait in the field, and hunting over bait
  • Feeding Wildlife
  • Use of trail cameras
  • Field dressing game within 300' of any road, trail or parking lot
  • Trapping
  • Destroying any tree or plant
  • Removal of any material, animal, plant or mineral unless otherwise stated

For more complete rules and regulations, please consult our Public Use Brochure.

 

Trapping Occurs at 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. On this refuge trapping occurs only as a wildlife management tool and is prohibited by the public. 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.