December through February is an exciting time at the refuge. Thousands of green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, mallards, American widgeon, black ducks, pintails, northern shovelers, ring-necked ducks, and Canada geese make the Pee Dee moist soil management units and green tree reservoir their winter home. Dabbling ducks harvest seed from the bottoms of moist soil management units and geese glean grain from crop fields. Overwintering songbirds eat seed from native shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses. Barred owls, great horned owls, and great blue herons are also among the cold weather sights. White-tailed deer browse on twigs and bark. Hunting is allowed by permit. The refuge is open for wildlife observation and photography.