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Rules, Regulations
And Improved Access

Information iconBon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. (Photo: © Stephanie Pluscht)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually publishes Station-specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations, an update in the Federal Register to Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Review and formal approval of the station-specific regulations are required before the Fish and Wildlife Service may open or expand hunting and sport fishing opportunities. The regulations ensure safe and compatible opportunities for hunters and anglers. The annual regulations open and expand hunting and sport fishing opportunities and revise existing regulations. Here are current regulations:

Before a national wildlife refuge or national fish hatchery is added to the list of stations opening or expanding hunting and fishing opportunities in 50 CFR parts 32 and 71, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service develops a hunting and fishing plan for the station. The Service incorporates the proposed hunting and fishing activities into the station’s comprehensive conservation plan (CCP) and/or other step-down management plans per guidance in 602 Fish and Wildlife Service Manual 1, 3 and 4. The Service prepares the CCP and step-down plan in compliance with:

Search below to find supporting documents pertaining to individual stations, including Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) documents, Environmental Assessment (EA) documents, Categorical Exclusion (CatEx) documents, Compatibility Determination (CD) documents, and/or hunt/fish plans or amendments. Supporting documents vary depending on the station. Search by state, station or keyword(s).

Past Years' Regulations

Here are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Station-specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations from past years:

Report Wildlife Crime

To report wildlife crimes or other crimes on refuges and other Service lands, please contact 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477) or Learn more.

Information iconBe sure your catch is legal size. (Photo: Courtesy David Reeden)