Rules and Regulations

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There are a lot of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn’t help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity. Please check with the refuge before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. There are plenty of activities on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for you to enjoy. Be safe and have fun! 

- Pets are permitted on leash
- Glass beverage containers are prohibited
- Bicycles are prohibited on all foot trails
- No camping
- You may not use air thrust boats, hover craft or personal watercraft in Refuge waters.
- Bank fishing after dark is not permitted
- Anglers and crabbers must attend their lines.
- Camping and/or overnight parking and open fires are prohibited.
- Feeding, capturing, or harassing wildlife is strictly prohibited. 

-  The operation of unmanned aircraft/drones on national wildlife refuges is prohibited.  Drone Policy

- All of the refuge's archaeological and natural resources are protected. Artifact hunting/collecting is not allowed.
- Do not pick or cut vegetation.The operation of unmanned aircraft/drones on national wildlife refuges is prohibited.

- Firearms and other weapons are subject to state law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the refuge must comply with all provisions of state law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons. 


Merritt Island NWR offers waterfowl and deer hunting.  You must obtain and sign the applicable refuge hunt brochure as well as obtain proper permits before hunting on the refuge.  Visit our hunt information pages for specific hunting rules and regulations. 





Refuge Fishing Regulations



For Refuge Deer and Hog Hunt Regulations,
Download/View the Big Game Hunting brochure here
or you may pick one up at the refuge Visitor Center.