Facility Rules and Policies

To protect the public and natural resources the following activities are prohibited on Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge:   

  • Motorized watercraft in the Franklin Unit Canals -- Hanson, Wood Duck, Black Bear and Alligator canals -- from September 1 through April 15 
  • Feeding, enticing, or disturbing bears, alligators, or any other wildlife
  • Target shooting, camping, campfires 
  • Parking or hunting within 150 feet of any active oil well site, production facility, or equipment
  • Possession or use of toxic lead shot while hunting on the refuge, except for deer hunting 
  • Taking, collecting, or injuring wildlife or plants 
  • Commercial hunting or fishing of any kind 
  • Motorized vehicles off public roads, designated trails, and parking areas 
  • Use of airboats
  • Horseback riding and ATVs 
  • Use of drones. 

Non-emergency complaints of violation on refuge lands should be reported to refuge law enforcement (985) 882-2041. 

To report general wildlife violations in Louisiana: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Operation Game Thief Hotline: 800-442-2511.