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   Although some National Wildlife Refuges charge an entrance fee, Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge does not. A state license is required for hunting and fishing on refuge lands, and an annual refuge hunt permit is required for all hunting activity.      



Hunting Permits

Each hunter, age 17 and older, must have on his person a valid state hunting license AND a Refuge Annual Hunting Permit. The Refuge Annual Hunt Permit may be purchased only through Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) licensing agents, online at, or on the TWRA mobile app. There is a $15.00 fee for this permit which is valid for all quota and non-quota hunting. Please use code 064 when purchasing this permit.


There is no permit required for fishing on the refuge. However, please see our Fishing Brochure for specific regulations for fishing while on Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.

Special Use Permits

We are here for wildlife first, and must safeguard them as well as their habitat. For this reason, Special Use Permits are needed for certain activities such as:

  • Commercial Fishing
  • Biological Research
  • Commercial Photography
  • Maintenance on Public Use Facilities

Please contact the refuge office to obtain a special use permit for these activities.