Woman dressed warmly in camouflage and standing in marsh reeds aims a shotgun into the air

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge has a long hunting tradition. Waterfowl hunting once dominated the area, and the refuge’s visitor center was originally a private hunting lodge. Today, the refuge serves as a resting area for ducks and geese, but hunters can still come to the refuge each fall to hunt white-tailed deer. Specific hunting days are designated annually by the refuge manager, including days for archery, muzzleloader and shotgun hunting. In addition, the refuge sets aside days for youth hunters and for hunters with permanent disabilities. A refuge permit is required, and can easily be obtained via the Recreation.gov website.

Youth Turkey Hunt

In partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation, the refuge hosts a mentored spring turkey hunt for a limited number of youth every April. An informational flyer and the application packet (PDF files) will be posted in February.

2022-23 Deer Hunt

Regulations, hunt dates and fee information for this year's deer hunt are posted below.

Applications will be available at www.recreation.gov beginning Tuesday, August 9, at 10:00 a.m. EST. Please note that the deer hunt has transitioned to an online application system located at www.recreation.gov. Applications will no longer be mailed. Hunters apply directly on the website or by calling the recreation.gov customer service number, 877-444-6777. Once you access the website, you will need to create an account and search for "Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge Deer Permits". Instructions on the website will guide you through the application process.

Hunters are required to have a signed permit in hand when hunting or scouting on the refuge.

If you have any questions, please email us at easternneck@fws.gov .

Related Documents

Rules, regulations, and dates specific to deer hunting at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.


Dates and fee information for the 2022-23 deer hunts on Eastern Neck NWR.

Deer hunt map for Eastern Neck NWR.


Eastern Neck NWR's policy on the use of e-bikes for hunting on the refuge.