Rules and Regulations


To report a wildlife violation call 1-844-FWS-TIPS (844-397-8477)

Welcome to your national wildlife refuge! Discover new places to hunt, fish, take pictures, watch wildlife, walk, and snowshoe; or simply enjoy spending time outdoors alone, or with friends and family. If you have any questions, please consult the refuge manager via contact information provided on our 'About the Refuge' page here, as additional site-specific regulations may change. 

To ensure both your safety and the safety and protection of wildlife and habitat, please be aware of the following regulations: 

Refuge Access

Access to refuge lands is open from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted or stated in hunting regulations. 


Hunting is subject to all applicable state and federal laws, in addition to refuge-requirements described below.  


  • Turkey and deer hunting are allowed on the refuge; hunting of other game species are not. 
  • Hunters may only possess and use approved non-toxic shot within Refuge boundaries. 
  •  Hunters must wear an article of blaze orange/pink consistent with state regulations.  
  • The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while hunting is strictly prohibited.   
  • The distribution of feed or bait, or hunting over bait is not allowed; including, but no limited to salts and minerals.  
  • Portions of the land within or surrounding the boundaries of the Refuge are private. Persons wishing to hunt on private land must gain permission from the landowner.
  • We prohibit organized deer drives. We define a “deer drive” as an organized or planned effort to pursue, drive, chase, or otherwise frighten or cause deer to move in the direction of any person(s) who is part of the organized or planned hunt and known to be waiting for the deer   


Check out the Department of Interior blog page here for more information about hunting on public lands. 


  • Trapping is prohibited on all areas of the Refuge.  


  • No fishing opportunities are currently available and the collection of frogs and turtles are prohibited. 

Artificial Lights

  • You may not use a spotlight, headlight or other artificial light to spot, locate or take any wild animal in a refuge. 

Other Unauthorized Activities

  • Target shooting.  
  • Training of dogs and/or possessing dogs off leash while on Refuge. 
  • The operation of motorized vehicles on refuge land (to include frozen bodies of water), except on designated parking areas and public roads. Public access is via foot travel only unless otherwise authorized. 
  • Camping, open fires and overnight parking.
  • Abandoning, discarding or otherwise leaving any personal property. 
  • All property brought onto a refuge must be removed at the end of each day. 
    • This includes all common items like decoys, blinds, trail cameras, geo-caching items, photography equipment, portable stands, climbing sticks and trash. 
  • Destructing, defacing, disturbing or unauthorized removal of any natural object, artifact, cultural resource or government property. 
  • Introducing, liberating, or placing plants or animals or their parts on refuge lands or waters. 
  • Disposing of animal carcasses, trash, refuse, rocks, wood or other debris. 
  • Cutting, mowing, sawing, digging, collecting, injuring or removing vegetation. 
  • Launching, landing or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) on the refuge. 
    • This includes for recreational or commercial purposes. 
  • Commercial enterprise without a special use permit. 
  • Use or possession of any illegal drug or drug paraphernalia is prohibited. 

Additional information

Special-use permits may be issued for compatible secondary uses upon approval of the refuge manager. Contact the refuge office for application information at 815-678-4532 ext 8206.