Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that the National Refuge System recognizes as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. It also happens to be a popular activity on Felsenthal NWR enjoyed by local residents and out of town visitors. Refer to the Refuge’s Public Use Regulations for a complete list specific seasons and regulations as they are updated annually.
NEW this year on the Refuge:
During waterfowl season, the Hebie Cut, Pine Island Boat Canal, and Tom Grider Slough will be posted with “No Wake” signs. The “No Wake” zone will be strictly enforced from 4am through 6am. A No Wake Zone is defined as the speed at which the vessel does not produce a wake, nor exceeds 5 mph.
During the Youth Deer hunts, all harvested deer are REQUIRED to be checked at a designated self-check station where a confirmation card should be obtained and kept with the deer while on the refuge.
Quota Hunt Information and Procedures:
Quota Hunt applications and all payments must be processed online. Read and review the following information regarding all procedures.
Applications are accepted during the month of January for Turkey Hunts and August for Deer Hunts.
All applicants are subject to a $5.00 non-refundable application fee for quota hunts. Successful applicants will be charged an additional $15.00 per permit fee. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Unclaimed permits will be available for both the Gun and Muzzleloader Quota Deer Hunts and may be purchased on a first come first serve basis during the two weeks prior to the scheduled Hunts.
For questions or help with applications or procedures please contact the Refuge Office at (870) 364-3167.