All plants and wildlife are protected on National Wildlife Refuges, including Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), unless specific refuge hunting or fishing regulations allows take. Hunting and fishing where and when allowed are carefully managed to provide for public safety and sustainable natural resources.

  • Fishing Permits

    Recreational fishing and crabbing are permitted year round in accordance with Louisiana regulations and seasons, from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Fishing is allowed from shore and from boats in open waterways. Commercial fishing is prohibited. Fishing lines must be attended at all times – nets, traps, and unattended trot, bush, or jug lines are not allowed. 

    See Louisiana state fishing information at this link.  

  • Waterfowl Hunting/Lottery

    Note: All waterfowl taken on the Refuge must be checked daily at one of the Refuges self-clearing stations. 

     How the Lottery Waterfowl Hunt Works

    Waterfowl hunts will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the Louisiana waterfowl hunting season. 

    State youth waterfowl hunt days are on November 3rd and 4th, 2018. Lottery hunts are scheduled to begin on November 10, 2018 and continue through January 19, 2019. Three permittees will be chosen for each hunt date by a lottery drawing from applications received at the Refuge office by close of business on Friday, October 19, 2018. Three floating blinds with boat hides have been placed on the Refuge for this program. Blinds have a maximum capacity of 3 persons, and permittees will need to furnish their own boat, decoys, and necessary equipment. Hunters may apply as either a Youth or Adult Group. Youth Group applicants will receive preference in the drawing.

    To apply for a Refuge Lottery Waterfowl Hunt permit you must submit a completed Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge Lottery Hunt Application form by 4:30 PM on Friday, October 19, 2018. Applications may be submitted by U.S. Mail or hand delivered to 1725 Willow Street, Franklin, LA, 70538; faxed to 337-828-0061 or e-mailed to

    Download a waterfowl lottery application at this link.

  • Archery Deer Hunt

    Before hunting, hunters are required to obtain a daily Self-Clearing Check-in Permit at a Refuge Self-clearing Check Station, see map on Mandalay NWR Hunting and Fishing Regulations brochure for check station locations. After each hunt is completed Self-clearing Check-out Permits must be deposited at one of the check stations.

    The archery deer hunt will be held concurrently with Louisiana deer season, October 1, 2018 through October 15, 2018* (bucks only) and October 16, 2018 through February 15, 2019 (either sex). *State Regulations for Area 9 apply* Feral hog archery season is October 1 - February 15.

    Hunters may use the Refuge between 4 a.m. and two hours after sunset. Archery hunting will be closed north of the Intracoastal Waterway until noon on Lottery Waterfowl Hunt days during the 2018-2019 State Waterfowl Season and on November 3 and 4, (State Waterfowl Youth Days). Incidental take of feral hogs is permitted. 

    The Mandalay NWR Hunting and Fishing Regulations brochure outlines Refuge specific seasons, take limits, and other regulations and when signed, the brochure serves as the Refuge hunting permit and must be carried when hunting on the Refuge. You may download your free brochure/ permit at the "learn more" link below.

    Learn More
  • 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.

    To obtain a special use permit, download the permit application at the left sidebar and return completed form to the Refuge manager. Plan ahead and allow 30 working days to process a permit. For more information on the permitting process, please contact the Refuge Manager. 

    Refuge Manager Shelley Stiaes. 985/882-2026 mailing address: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 61389 Highway 434, Lacombe, LA 70445