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

Please visit the refuge's hunt permitting and information page for permits, rules and regulations, and detailed hunt information.

The refuge offers hunting of white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, coyote and grey squirrel through designated areas in accordance with local, State and Federal regulations. Hunting on the refuge is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from October 1 through the first Saturday in January. Species-specific seasons are in accordance with local and State regulations within the refuge's open hunt period. See the Hunt Brochure for detailed map and regulations.

The refuge is a wild area, and hunters should be prepared for rigorous hunting conditions. Some hunt areas may be closed early or closed completely due to weather, road conditions, or emergency operations. All hunters must possess a refuge hunt permit. 

Related Documents
Great Dismal Swamp 2021 Hunt Plan

Great Dismal Swamp NWR's updated (2021) Hunt Plan outlines the expanded hunting opportunities permitted on the refuge.