Hunting Permits


How to obtain a refuge hunting permit:

  • Annual hunting permits are available starting the last week in August through the current hunting season. ┬áHunting season dates are set by the State ( .
  • Permit fees are payable by cash or check only.
  • Bring a copy of your current year Maine hunting license to the refuge headquarters in Wells, along with payment. You will be issued your permit and maps that outline permitted hunting areas.
  • Need a digital version of "Summary of Maine Hunting Laws"? Download this PDF copy to your computer or mobile device:

You may also purchase a Refuge hunting permit by mail. To do so, send a copy of your current Maine hunting license, species you wish to hunt, hunter contact information (name, phone number, mailing address), and payment (cash or check) to US Fish and Wildlife Service, Attn: Hunt Permit, 321 Port, Wells, ME 04090. Your permit and hunting maps will be mailed to you.

* Refuge hunt permits will be available for sale in late August 2018.

2018-2019 Hunt Permit Prices
$10 Big Game (deer/turkey; shotgun, archery, or both)
$10 Waterfowl
$5 Upland birds
$5 Falconry

If you have any questions, please contact the refuge office before entering the field:

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
321 Port Road
Wells, Maine 04090
Phone: (207) 646-9226

Please contact the refuge for a special use permit for other activities not mentioned as public activities on our website, including research projects.