Permits

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife laws and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country.

Current Wheeler Refuge Hunting Permit

  • Permits

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues 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.

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Migratory Birds.

    Current Wheeler Refuge Hunting Permit

  • Special Use Permits

    Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities and ensures 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.
    At Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife comes first. For this reason, Special Use Permits (SUP) are required in order to conduct many activities.


    Special Use Permits are required for the following types of activities:

    Biological Research 
    Commercial Photography or Videography 
    Commercial Tours or Activities  
    Special Events 
    Access to areas normally closed to the public  

     

    If you are interested in conducting one of the above named activities on the refuge, we encourage you to contact refuge management at least one month in advance of your work to begin the permit process. If you are found conducting an activity that requires a permit without the appropriate permission you could be subject to legal action. 
    Thank you for helping us protect America's wildlife and wild lands.
    For more information, visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits. Or, go to Howto Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or ApplicationForms.

  • Passes

    Wheeler NWR does not charge an entrance fee, however we do sell America the Beautiful Federal Recreational Lands Passes at our visitor center as well as Federal Duck Stamps as a public service.

    Passes Available:

    • Annual Pass
    • Annual Pass for Active U.S. Military
    • Annual 4th Grade Pass
    • Annual Senior Pass
    • Lifetime Senior Pass
    • Lifetime Access Pass

     

    Please click here for more information to learn more about each pass and which pass is best for you.

     Sales are cash only, please bring exact change.

    NOTICE: Our Visitor Center is currently closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, please call the visitor center at (256) 350-6639 for more information about purchasing a pass.  You can also purchase your pass online at: https://store.usgs.gov/pass