Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge contains approximately 160,000 acres, most of which are open to hunting. There are more than 150 miles of old logging roads that provide hunting access, some for vehicles and some on foot. Vehicular access is restricted to designated roads. Visitors should use caution on refuge roads; venturing into the more remote areas of the refuge may require more than a two-wheel drive vehicle. In the center of the refuge is the Dare County Range, a 46,000-acre military practice area owned by the U.S. Air Force and used by both the Air Force and the U.S. Navy. The range is a part of the North Carolina Game Lands Program and governed by Game Lands rules and regulations (https://ncwildlife.org).
Especially in the areas on or adjacent to the Dare Range, road conditions may be unpredictable. The refuge’s impenetrable vegetation and remoteness often catch newcomers unaware. First-time users should consult with a refuge staff member or another hunter before venturing off the beaten path.
White-tailed deer is the primary species hunted. The use of chase dogs is permitted. About half the refuge is open to this type of hunting. Hunting small game and waterfowl is also permitted; however, the majority of waterfowl hunting occurs on the sounds and rivers surrounding the refuge. A permit is required for hunting. Permits can be found in the refuge Hunting Brochure.
Hunting opportunities for individuals with disabilities are available on Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Persons with disabilities may contact the Refuge office prior to their arrival if special arrangements are needed.