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Although there is no admission fee to visit Tensas River NWR, we ask everyone to fill out an orange Daily Visitor Registration card.  State licenses are required for hunting and fishing in addition to a $20 Annual Public Use Permit.  Additional permitting requirements apply for the Lottery Modern Firearm Deer hunts.  See below for more information!

  • Annual Public Use Permits

    Front of Public Use Brochure containing visitor use permit

    All Refuge hunters and fishermen are now required to purchase a $20 Annual Public Use Permit.  Permits can be purchased online at and are non-refundable and non-transferable.  These permits allow you to participate in all open (non-lottery) hunting and fishing seasons as well as use ATVs on designated trails in accordance with all rules and regulations.  ATV permit stickers are no longer necessary.  This Annual Use Permit also allows you to obtain a deer lottery hunt permit if you apply and are drawn.  You will no longer be required to purchase a separate lottery hunt permit, but you will have to claim your permit if drawn for the hunt.

    For those unable to complete online purchasing you may obtain a permit in person at the Visitor Center. But you MUST have a money order (no cash, credit or debit cards accepted). Staff is unfortunately limited for in-person sales, please call to schedule a time. For help with online purchasing please contact the Visitor Center during normal business hours.

  • Daily Visitor Registration Permit

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    Each visitor is required to obtain a Daily Visitor Registration Permit upon entering the refuge.  Fill out the top portion, the Self-Clearing Check-In Permit, and drop it in one of the metal report boxes at refuge entry points.  The bottom tear-off portion is your Vehicle Permit that stays visible in the dashboard of your vehicle.  The largest portion in the middle needs to stay on your person with the front filled out while you are on the refuge.  At the completion of your visit, fill out the back and drop the card in a metal report box at refuge entry points.  Click here for more information on how to use these Daily Visitor Registration Permits.

  • Quota Modern Firearm Deer Hunt Permits

    Armando Hernaez with his doe

    In order to participate in one of Tensas River NWR's Quota Modern Firearm Deer hunts, you must apply online and be randomly drawn.

    The 2018 application period will be open Monday July 2, Through Friday, September 7, 2018

    There is no cost to apply, however, if you are drawn you will need to purchase a $20 Annual Public Use Permit (if you have not already done so).  You may only apply for one hunt. Up to five people may apply as a party (group); however, anyone found to have their name submitted more than one time will be disqualified.  If you have already applied, you can check the status of your application by logging into your iSportsman account.

    2018 Lottery Hunt dates:  November 23-24 and December 8-9.

    Click here to apply online or check the status of your application.

  • ATV Permits

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    It is no longer necessary to purchase separate ATV sticker permits.  The new $20 Annual Public User Permit is a flat fee that also covers the ability to use ATVs on designated trails in accordance with all other regulations.  As long as individuals using ATVs possess this Annual Public Use Permit, they may use any legal ATV on our trails without a sticker.  More information on ATV use is available in our Public Use Regulations brochure .