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."



Panther Swamp welcomes visitors year round. All lands managed under TR Complex, including refuge roads, parking areas and boat ramps are closed 1 1/2 hours after sunset until 4 am. Please refer to current Refuge regulations and map for additional information.

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