Final Hunting and Fishing Package


Immediate Release: September 10, 2021 

Contact: Neil Lalonde, Project Leader  985/882-2003   Neil_Lalonde@fws.gov

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex Announces Changes to Hunting Programs for: Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Cat Island, Delta and Mandalay National Wildlife Refuges 


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has opened new or expanded hunting and sport fishing opportunities across 2.1 million acres, the largest expansion of outdoor recreation opportunities in recent history. The increased recreational access, which covers 88 National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) and one National Fish Hatchery, is consistent with the Biden-Harris administration’s America the Beautiful initiative, a locally led and voluntary, nationwide effort to conserve, connect, and restore 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030.

Hunting on national wildlife refuges is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. Today, more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting across the country. The Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex participates in this American tradition. We welcome sportswomen and sportsmen of all backgrounds and abilities to experience challenging hunting in their refuges.

Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Delta and Mandalay National Wildlife Refuges, part of the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, now have new and expanded hunting opportunities, listed below. In addition, each of the above listed refuge’s individual Hunting/Fishing brochure/permit is now combined into a single, general Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex Annual User Brochure and Regulations 2021-2022. These brochures are available at Refuge kiosks and by digital download here.

Key expanded opportunities at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges are listed below.

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge: Opens white-tailed deer, feral hog, opossum, armadillo, rabbit/hare, nutria, coyote, raccoon, dove, gallinule, rail, and snipe hunting on acres already open to other hunting; opens upland and big game hunting for the first time; extends hours for existing migratory bird hunting and sport fishing.

Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge: Opens coyote, nutria, opossum, raccoon, armadillo, rail, snipe, teal, coot, dove, gallinule, dark geese, and light geese hunting on new acres and on acres already open to other hunting; expands acres for existing white-tailed deer, feral hog, rabbit/hare, squirrel, duck, and woodcock hunting; extends hours for existing feral hog, duck, and squirrel hunting.

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge: Opens coyote, nutria, armadillo, opossum, and dove hunting on new acres and on acres already open to other hunting; expanded opportunities for existing feral hog, raccoon, squirrel, duck, geese, coot, and teal hunting and sportfishing.

Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge: Opens quail, coyote, nutria, opossum, armadillo, dove, gallinule, snipe, light geese, dark geese, woodcock on acres already open to other hunting; expanded opportunities for existing white-tailed deer, feral hog, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, duck, teal, coot, light geese, and dark geese hunting.

Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge: Opens nutria, armadillo, opossum, dove, gallinule, rail, and snipe hunting on acres already open to other hunting; expanded opportunities for existing white-tailed deer, feral hog, rabbit, raccoon, coot, light goose, duck, and teal hunting. (Note: Cat Island NWR hunting regulations are grouped with Lower Mississippi River Complex.)

Delta National Wildlife Refuge: Opens coyote, armadillo, nutria, opossum, gallinule, rail, and snipe hunting on acres already open to other hunting; expanded opportunities for existing white-tailed deer, feral hog, rabbit, raccoon, duck, teal, coot, light goose, and dark goose hunting.

Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge: Opens coyote, armadillo, nutria, opossum, raccoon, rabbit/hare, rail, snipe, and teal hunting on acres already open to other hunting, which opens upland game hunting for the first time; expanded opportunities for existing white-tailed deer, feral hog, coot, duck, dark goose, light goose, and gallinule hunting.


To download the final 2021-22 Hunt Package for Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Cat Island, Delta, and Mandalay NWRs, please visit ServCat and download the PDF here: 

View the final 2021-22 Hunting and Sport Fishing rule in the Federal Register here.

View all the stations included in the 2021-22 rulemaking process here. 

Download a copy of the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex Annual User Brochure and Regulations 2021-2022 here.

Download Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge hunting regulations here.

Download a chart of SE Louisiana Refuges Hunting Seasons here. (128 KB PDF)


To request a copy of the Annual User Brochure and Regulations by mail contact the Refuge Complex at 985/882-2000 or via email.

Across the country, National Wildlife Refuges work closely with state agencies, Native American Tribes, and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing where it is compatible with refuge purposes. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories, and pass on family traditions.