All permits for Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge are issued through our headquarters office in Columbia, NC.  If you were web-surfing on one of the other refuge sites, you may find your way back to that refuge by following one of these links: Pea Island - Mackay Island - Currituck - Pocosin Lakes - Roanoke River.

  • Hunting Permits

    A current Refuge Hunting Permit is required to participate in all hunting activities on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. This permit is available by paying a $15.00 hunt fee by check or money order at our headquarters location at 205 South Ludington Drive, Columbia, NC or by mailing your fee to Pocosin Lakes NWR, PO Box 329, Columbia, NC 27925. A self-addressed stamped envelope must be included with your payment. Once payment is received, we will mail you a receipt which must be signed and kept with you at all times along with your signed hunt permit while engaged in any hunt activities on the refuge. A NC Hunting license is required for the particular game animal you are hunting.

  • Fishing Permits

    A current Refuge Fishing Permit is required to participate in all fishing activities on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. This permit is available at our Refuge Headquarters located at 205 South Ludington Drive, Columbia, NC or at the kiosk located on the Pungo Unit of the refuge at the corner of Hwy 45 and Refuge Road, Pantego, NC. Your Refuge Fishing Permit is only valid once signed and must be in your possession at all times while fishing on the refuge. A NC Freshwater Fishing license is also required.

  • Special Use Permits

    On national wildlife refuges in eastern North Carolina, all commercial activities require a Special Use Permit. Non-wildlife dependent activities are not authorized. Contact the Refuge Headquarters in Columbia, NC for more information by calling 252-796-3004.

  • Permits (Research and other)

    In general, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issue permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

    These non-refuge-specific Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered Species, Law Enforcement, and Migratory Birds.

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits.

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms.