Hunting

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The 50,180-acre Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1934 primarily to preserve wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl. The regulated harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations. Hunting is also an enjoyable and appropriate form of wildlife recreation.  For more information about hunting opportunities on Mattamuskeet Refuge, please refer to the current Hunting Regulations brochure.

 


DIRECTIONS for paying refuge hunt permit fees (Note, you must receive notification that you were drawn for a hunt before you pay these fees):

PAYMENT OPTIONS (Try clicking the link TWICE.  If the link is slow to open, you may have to clear your browsing history or use a different browser, or better yet, simply copy and paste this URL into a new browser window:  https://www.coastalwildliferefuge.com/mattamuskeet-refuge-hunt-fees.html)

For your convenience during the COVID pandemic, we have established a site to pay the hunting permit fee online.  If you choose to pay online, a $.50 processing fee has been added. You will receive your receipt by email.  You may also pay by US Mail, in which case your receipt will be returned to you by US Mail.   (Directions are included in your notification letter.)    

GENERAL HUNTING INFORMATION:

Mattamuskeet Refuge is open, by permit only, to hunting of migratory waterfowl, resident Canada geese and white-tailed deer in accordance with applicable State and Federal regulations.

September Canada Goose Hunt:

For goose permits, hunters must apply through the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's Permit Hunting Opportunities Program (1-888-248-6834 or www.ncwildlife.org); the Canada Goose Hunt Item Number is 7047. The State charges an application fee of $8.00 (plus $2 online processing fee), and they will draw 100 applicants. Parties of up to five persons may apply. Successful applicants will be notified by mail by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and will be directed to submit a $15.00 per person fee to the Refuge in order to receive their permits. Permitted applicants may hunt Canada geese on the refuge from September 1 through September 30th Monday through Saturday. State limits apply.   See above for directions for SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS (those who were drawn by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission) to pay hunt permit fees.

Deer Hunts:

Likewise, prospective deer hunters must apply for the two two-day October deer hunts through the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's Permit Hunting Opportunities Program (1-888-248-6834 or www.ncwildlife.org); the Deer Hunt Item Number is 7050. Applications may be made singly or by groups of up to five hunters. Successful applicants will be notified by mail by the Commission and will be directed to submit a $15.00 per person fee to the Refuge in order to receive their permits.  See above for directions for SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS (those who were drawn by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission) to pay hunt permit fees.

Late Season Waterfowl Hunts:

For late season waterfowl permits, hunters must apply through the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's Permit Hunting Opportunities Program (1-888-248-6834 or www.ncwildlife.org); the late season waterfowl hunts include youth hunting (item #7046), disabled hunting (item #7048), and general waterfowl hunting (item #7045.  The State charges an application fee of $8.00 (plus $2 online processing fee). Successful applicants may bring two guests to participate in the hunt.  Successful applicants will be notified by mail by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, provided directions for check-in and refuge special regulations, and directed to submit a $15.00 per person per day fee to the Refuge in order to receive their permits.  State limits apply.  See above for directions for SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS (those who were drawn by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to pay hunt permit fees.  

Please read the Hunter Self-Orientation sheet and share with others who may hunt with you..   

Waterfowl Hunt Data

We are no longer posting waterfowl hunt data. Hunt data from previous years is listed below and includes blind number, number of hunters, shots fired, number of crippled birds, number of bagged birds, and species of bird.