Rules and Regulations

- Area open sunrise to sunset. - Non-lead sinkers required for fishing. - Clean boats and accessories of any aquatic plant materials prior to launch to prevent the spread of invasives. - Leave No Trace: take out your trash with you (take in, take out) - No picking or disturbing wildlife or vegetation - ATVs/horses are not allowed - Bikes are not allowed on trails

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting plan for Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Maine.

 A draft plan was issued earlier this spring, and during the 90-day public comment period, 1 comment letter was received from the public.

The comment reflected an opposition to hunting in general and in particular on NWR lands. We understand and respect this viewpoint.  The legislation which guides how national wildlife refuges across the country are managed not only requires us to consider allowing wildlife observation, hunting, fishing, photography, environmental education, and interpretation, but further directs us to promote these activities when compatible with refuge purposes. Not one of these recreational uses have a priority over another – they are simply different ways people choose to enjoy the refuges and to engage themselves, their families, and their friends in the outdoors. 

A summary of all substantive comment, and our response, can be found in Appendix D (Finding of No Significant Impact). No significant changes have been made between the draft and final versions of the Hunting Plan. 

We may begin to implement the Hunting Plan for Sunkhaze Meadows NWR upon publication of the final 2021-2022 Station-Specific Hunting Regulations in the Federal Register. 

The final plan can be viewed here.