Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do the Pee Dee NWR hunting seasons take place at the same time as the State?

    No. The refuge firearms deer season starts earlier than the State to allow deer to be harvested in the waterfowl sanctuary before November 25th. After that date those areas will be closed to the public. Other seasons will also be shorter than the State to allow each type of hunting to take place individually, without conflict. For example we would not want to have a rabbit hunt and a quail hunt on the same day. The number of hunting days are also determined by the availability of each species and must be compatible with maintaining healthy populations.

  • Why can't the public hunt waterfowl on Pee Dee NWR?

    The refuge was established in 1964 as an inviolate sanctuary to provide wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl. This sanctuary area also includes approximately 3 1/2 miles of the Pee Dee River from the mouth of Brown Creek to the mouth of Pressley Creek.

  • When is the refuge open?

    The refuge is open every day from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. Sections of the refuge may be closed at certain times of the year within the waterfowl sanctuary areas or during refuge deer hunts. However, the public use area within the wildlife drive near the office is a no hunting zone and is always open during the day.

  • What types of public use activities do you provide?

    Hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation

  • Where are you located?

    The refuge is located in Anson and Richmond Counties in south-central North Carolina approximately 6 miles north of Wadesboro. See the refuge map for the locations of the more than 20 miles of gravel roads that weave through the refuge.