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Wednesday,

September 8, 2004

Part II

Department of the
Interior
Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Parts 31 and 32


2004–2005 Refuge-Specific Hunting and
Sport Fishing Regulations; Final Rule

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR regulations to ensure the continued Act (Recreation Act) of 1962 (16 U.S.C.
compatibility of hunting and sport 460k–460k–4) govern the administration
Fish and Wildlife Service fishing programs and to ensure that and public use of refuges.
these programs will not materially Amendments enacted by the National
50 CFR Parts 31 and 32 interfere with or detract from the Wildlife Refuge System Improvement
fulfillment of refuge purposes or the Act of 1997 (Improvement Act) build
RIN 1018–AT40
Refuge System’s mission. upon the Administration Act in a
2004–2005 Refuge-Specific Hunting Provisions governing hunting and manner that provides an ‘‘organic act’’
and Sport Fishing Regulations sport fishing on refuges are in Title 50 for the Refuge System similar to those
of the Code of Federal Regulations in that exist for other public Federal lands.
AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, part 32 (50 CFR part 32). We regulate The Improvement Act serves to ensure
Interior. hunting and sport fishing on refuges to: that we effectively manage the Refuge
ACTION: Final rule. • Ensure compatibility with refuge System as a national network of lands,
purpose(s); waters, and interests for the protection
SUMMARY: The Fish and Wildlife Service • Properly manage the fish and and conservation of our Nation’s
adds 10 new refuges and wetland wildlife resource(s); wildlife resources. The Administration
management districts to the list of areas • Protect other refuge values; Act states first and foremost that we
open for hunting and/or sport fishing • Ensure refuge visitor safety; and focus Refuge System mission on
programs and increases the activities • Provide opportunities for quality conservation of fish, wildlife, and plant
available at 7 other refuges. We also wildlife-dependent recreation. resources and their habitats. The
develop pertinent refuge-specific On many refuges where we decide to Improvement Act requires the Secretary,
regulations for those activities and allow hunting and sport fishing, our before allowing a new use of a refuge,
amend certain regulations on other general policy of adopting regulations or before expanding, renewing, or
refuges that pertain to migratory game identical to State hunting and sport extending an existing use of a refuge, to
bird hunting, upland game hunting, big fishing regulations is adequate in determine that the use is compatible.
game hunting, and sport fishing for the meeting these objectives. On other The Improvement Act established as the
2004–2005 season. refuges, we must supplement State policy of the United States that wildlife-
DATES: This rule is effective August 31, regulations with more-restrictive dependent recreation, when compatible,
2004. Federal regulations to ensure that we is a legitimate and appropriate public
meet our management responsibilities, use of the Refuge System, through
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
as outlined in the ‘‘Statutory Authority’’ which the American public can develop
Leslie A. Marler, (703) 358–2397; Fax
section. We issue refuge-specific an appreciation for fish and wildlife.
(703) 358–2248.
hunting and sport fishing regulations The Act established six wildlife-
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The when we open wildlife refuges to dependent recreational uses, when
National Wildlife Refuge System migratory game bird hunting, upland compatible, as the priority general
Administration Act of 1966 closes game hunting, big game hunting, or public uses of the Refuge System. These
national wildlife refuges to all uses until sport fishing. These regulations list the uses are: hunting, fishing, wildlife
opened. The Secretary of the Interior wildlife species that you may hunt or observation and photography, and
(Secretary) may open refuge areas to any fish, seasons, bag or creel limits, environmental education and
use, including hunting and/or sport methods of hunting or sport fishing, interpretation.
fishing, upon a determination that such descriptions of areas open to hunting or The Recreation Act authorizes the
uses are compatible with the purposes sport fishing, and other provisions as Secretary to administer areas within the
of the refuge and National Wildlife appropriate. You may find previously Refuge System for public recreation as
Refuge System (Refuge System or we) issued refuge-specific regulations for an appropriate incidental or secondary
mission. The action also must be in hunting and sport fishing in 50 CFR part use only to the extent that doing so is
accordance with provisions of all laws 32. In this rulemaking, we are also practicable and not inconsistent with
applicable to the areas, developed in standardizing and clarifying the existing the primary purpose(s) for which
coordination with the appropriate State language of these regulations. Congress and the Service established the
fish and wildlife agency(ies), consistent areas. The Recreation Act requires that
with the principles of sound fish and Plain Language Mandate any recreational use of refuge lands be
wildlife management and In this rule we made some of the compatible with the primary purpose(s)
administration, and otherwise in the revisions to the individual refuge units for which we established the refuge and
public interest. These requirements to comply with a Presidential mandate not inconsistent with other previously
ensure that we maintain the biological to use plain language in regulations; as authorized operations.
integrity, diversity, and environmental such, these particular revisions do not The Administration Act and
health of the Refuge System for the modify the substance of the previous Recreation Act also authorize the
benefit of present and future generations regulations. These types of changes Secretary to issue regulations to carry
of Americans. include using ‘‘you’’ to refer to the out the purposes of the Acts and
We annually review refuge hunting reader and ‘‘we’’ to refer to the Service, regulate uses.
and sport fishing programs to determine using the word ‘‘allow’’ instead of We develop specific management
whether to include additional refuges or ‘‘permit’’ when we do not require the plans for each refuge prior to opening it
whether individual refuge regulations use of a permit for an activity, and using to hunting or sport fishing. In many
governing existing programs need active voice. cases, we develop refuge-specific
modifications, deletions, or additions. regulations to ensure the compatibility
Changing environmental conditions, Statutory Authority of the programs with the purpose(s) for
State and Federal regulations, and other The National Wildlife Refuge System which we established the refuge and the
factors affecting fish and wildlife Administration Act (Administration Refuge System mission. We ensure
populations and habitat may warrant Act) of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee, as initial compliance with the
modifications to refuge-specific amended) and the Refuge Recreation Administration Act and the Recreation

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Act for hunting and sport fishing on Although proportionately to their prohibited by the refuge. The shot used
newly acquired refuges through an numbers, hunters generate more in deer hunting is too large to be
interim determination of compatibility revenue than nonconsumptive users. ingested by waterfowl and not normally
made at or near the time of acquisition. The Administration Act authorizes us, used in wetland areas. No changes were
These regulations ensure that we make when compatible, to allow both made to the regulation as a result of this
the determinations required by these consumptive and nonconsumptive comment.
acts prior to adding refuges to the lists activities, regardless of economic Comment: A commenter felt that the
of areas open to hunting and sport benefit. While bird watching and other Service has erred in categorically
fishing in 50 CFR part 32. We ensure nonconsumptive recreational activities excluding the proposed rule from
continued compliance by the do generate economic activity, they are National Environmental Policy Act
development of comprehensive not the subject of this proposed (NEPA) review and that an
conservation plans, specific plans, and rulemaking. No changes were made to Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
by annual review of hunting and sport the regulation as a result of this should have been prepared.
fishing programs and regulations. comment. Response: We disagree with the
Commenter: A commenter observed statement that the Service should have
Response to Comments Received that ‘‘65% of refuges are open to gratify prepared an EIS for the opening of the
In the June 30, 2004, Federal Register the demands of 4.56% of the United refuges to hunting and fishing covered
(69 FR 39552), we published a proposed States population.’’ They felt that by this rulemaking. Each individual
rulemaking identifying refuges and their allowing the hunting/fishing, therefore, refuge, when making a determination as
proposed hunting and/or fishing is not in the public interest. to whether or not to allow hunting and/
programs and invited public comments. Response: Those refuges that have or fishing, complies with NEPA when
We published corrections to the found hunting and fishing to be preparing an ‘‘opening package.’’ For
proposed rule on July 14, 2004 (69 FR compatible activities with the each of the refuges included in the
42127) and on July 23, 2004 (69 FR purpose(s) for which the refuge was rulemaking, we prepared Environmental
43964). We reviewed and considered all established have determined that Assessments and determined that EISs
comments received by July 30, 2004, allowing those activities are in the were unnecessary. No changes were
following a 30-day comment period. public interest. Additionally, the made to the regulation as a result of this
We received five comments on the Administration Act identifies hunting as comment.
proposed rule: Three in opposition to one of the priority general public uses Comment: A commenter felt that dogs
the openings, one with specific that should be facilitated when found to should not be used to hunt/kill/follow/
concerns about a particular refuge, and be compatible. The proportion of the torment any wildlife.
one ‘‘neither for nor against hunting and public that participates in these Response: On some refuges we allow
fishing per se’’ but with specific activities is not the subject of this dogs to point, flush, or retrieve game.
concerns about the content of the rule. regulation. No changes were made to the This allows more efficient harvest of
Of the five comments, one came from an regulation as a result of this comment. birds that may have otherwise been
individual and four represented Comment: A commenter felt that lead crippled and possibly lost to the hunter.
nongovernment organizations. shot used by hunters is a detriment to We prohibit dog owners to allow their
Comment: One commenter felt the the environment. dogs to run loose on the refuge pursuing
figures on retail trade from this change Response: We implemented a nongame animals. Dogs must be under
in the economic analysis section of the nationwide conversion to nontoxic shot the strict control of their owners at all
rule [addition of refuges to the list of for waterfowl hunting beginning with times. No changes were made to the
refuges open to hunting and fishing] are the 1991–1992 hunting season. In the regulation as a result of this comment.
misleading, inaccurate, and irrelevant. December 4, 1995, Federal Register (60 Comment: A commenter stated that
The major source of money/spending is FR 62035), we issued final regulations the 1997 Improvement Act does not
bird watching, a peaceful pursuit. In the adopting requirements to use nontoxic require us to open refuges to hunting.
same vein, another commenter felt that shot to hunt wildlife species other than Response: No, the Act does not
there is far more money spent by waterfowl and coots on certain refuges require us to open to hunting. However,
nonconsumptive users (birdwatchers) beginning with the 1996–1997 hunting it stipulates that hunting (along with
than by consumptive users (hunters/ season. In the September 3, 1998, fishing, wildlife observation and
anglers). Federal Register, we identified refuges photography, and environmental
Response: The inclusion of the subject to the rule. Regulations education and interpretation), if found
estimated economic impacts to retail contained in 50 CFR part 32 prohibit the to be compatible, is a legitimate and
trade and small businesses are not use or possession of toxic shotgun priority general public use of a refuge
irrelevant because these data are pellets by upland game hunters on that should be facilitated.
necessary to comply with the Regulatory WPAs and certain other areas (refuges or Comment: A commenter asked that
Flexibility Act. We base the estimated areas within refuges) of the Refuge we consider prohibiting bowhunting of
impacts to retail trade in Table 3 upon: System to the extent needed to protect deer, waterfowl hunting, and other
(1) The expected additional fishing and/ against significant lead exposure to forms of hunting that result in high
or hunting days, and (2) the average migratory birds. We delineated these wounding/low recovery rates of species.
expenditures per day for anglers and areas on maps, leaflets and/or signs Response: When we allow hunting on
hunters. These data are depicted in (available at each refuge headquarters or national wildlife refuges, our goal is to
Tables 1 and 2. We base the estimate for posted at each refuge) or as stated in manage hunt populations and provide
the expected additional fishing and/or refuge-specific regulations. We compatible wildlife-dependent
hunting days upon the refuge’s best specifically identify the shot allowed in recreation, as required by the
available information. We base the areas of the Refuge System by reference Improvement Act. One goal of a
estimate for the average daily to the shot identified in 50 CFR 20.21(j). managed hunt program is to provide a
expenditures upon the ‘‘2001 National The only species that we allow hunters hunt that minimizes loss or crippling of
Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and to use slugs and shot containing lead are animals. We do this, for instance, by
Wildlife-Associated Recreation.’’ for turkey and deer, unless specifically encouraging use of decoys and calling

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techniques which bring birds closer to adequately address the issue, since it is Our regulations in 50 CFR 25.21(f)
the hunter, resulting in reduced the refuge’s only literature source. call for ‘‘re-evaluation of compatibility
crippling or loss of birds. Also, many of Response: We disagree. When the CD determinations for existing wildlife-
our refuges near urban areas that have was written in 1997, the best available dependent recreational uses when
hunt programs require hunters to information was used to make the conditions under which the use is
‘‘qualify’’ at an approved firing range decision. The 1981 study, at that time, permitted change significantly, or if
with the weapon they will hunt with was the best source to document an there is significant new information
prior to hunting on the refuge. acceptable mortality rate. The manager regarding the effects of the use, or
Comment: A commenter expressed also used other information to formulate concurrently with the preparation or
concern with the proposal to allow sound professional judgment. The CD revision of a comprehensive
hunting of American woodcock on some also cites a 1995 report by the West conservation plan (CCP), or at least
refuges due to declining numbers of the Virginia Department of Natural every 15 years, whichever is earlier.’’
species. The commenter further Resources (DNR) that shows the The commenter has not provided, and
mentioned that the 1929 Migratory Bird reproductive potential in the West we are unaware of, more recent sources
Conservation Act (MBCA) authorized Virginia bear population is not being of information disputing that which
the Federal government to acquire land limited. It was also reported that the exists in the current CD. No changes
for migratory bird refuges to serve as Tucker County black bear population, as were made to the regulation as a result
‘‘inviolate sanctuaries’’ where hunting indexed by mortality, has been of this comment.
was prohibited. increasing during the past 10 years and Comment: A commenter stated that
Response: We generally establish that current (1997) West Virginia the CD for Canaan Valley does not
hunting programs on national wildlife harvest regulations do not appear to be adequately address impacts to other
refuges in accordance with State limiting the population. It should also wildlife species by bear-trailing dogs.
hunting regulations, although we may be noted that current refuge regulations Response: We disagree. Again, at the
be more restrictive than the State. We on black bear harvest are more time the CD was written in 1997, there
rely, in part, on the data and restrictive than State regulations with a was very little scientific information
professional judgment of State fish and 1 week shorter gun season. A 1996 that showed that pursuit dogs/trailing
wildlife agencies to establish hunting literature citation also states that black hounds have effects on other wildlife.
parameters, including seasons and bag bear harvest regulations in West Even so, the manager had sufficient
limits, on refuges. We also rely on Virginia protect female bears with cubs information to determine that the use
compatibility determinations specific to by allowing firearm hunting only in would not materially interfere with or
each refuge in establishing or December when most pregnant females detract from the purpose(s) of the
administering hunt programs. A and females with yearling cubs are refuge. The refuge manager used a 1990
component of the compatibility already in winter dens. It is further literature citation that addressed effects
determination that refuge managers are stated that this has resulted in bear on wild turkey hens. That study
required to complete prior to opening to population expansion in the State. represented the best available
a new hunting opportunity is to In 2002, the refuge completed a information at that time. To date, few
consider the biological impacts of the preacquisition CD for hunting, which is studies have addressed this issue. The
opening on the species to be hunted. available to the commenter for review. refuge is currently unaware of any
This consideration includes potential In this document, a West Virginia DNR definitive literature, nor did the
impacts to habitat and the refuge’s conservation officer supplied comments commenter provide any source of
wildlife resources. on existing hunting use in the Main information, that proves significant
Although we were to initially manage Tract, Canaan Valley. Specific to bear impact on nontarget wildlife
areas acquired under the MBCA as hunting, he stated ‘‘the main areas for populations from the use of pursuit
‘‘inviolate sanctuaries’’, that bear hunting are Cabin Mountain and dogs. The refuge manager reviewed
requirement of the MBCA was amended the Dolly Sods area adjoining the Refuge literature during the preacquisition CD
in 1949 to allow hunting on up to 25 to the southeast. Bear hunting occurs on writing on potential impacts to black
percent of each inviolate refuge. the slopes and ridge tops, not in the CV bear hunting, including: Higgins,
Another amendment in 1958 increased (Canaan Valley) wetlands. Many people Kristine. 1997. Hunting dynamics,
the total area of an inviolate refuge that hunt bears with dogs over bait, although condition estimates and movements of
could be opened for hunting up to 40 baiting is illegal. Archery hunting is black bears hunted with hounds in
percent. Whether an area is an inviolate probably the most popular method of Virginia. This report studied
sanctuary is a function of the bear hunting in the state and in Tucker populations of black bear hunted with
mechanism of its creation. If a refuge County. There is little interest in hounds and populations where hounds
was acquired as an inviolate sanctuary, hunting bears with dogs in the lower were prohibited. Findings included no
only 40 percent of the refuge area may areas of CV for two reasons: Bears are significant difference in reproduction
be opened at one time for hunting of scarce and there are few trees for dogs between the two populations (8 years of
migratory game birds. However, if the to tree bears.’’ Current data support the data).
refuge was not acquired as an inviolate low interest in bear hunting on the The refuge does not have any
sanctuary, 100 percent of the refuge area refuge. In the 2002–2003 hunting information showing that pursuit dog
may be opened for hunting. No changes season, the refuge issued 94 Special Use hunting impacts nontarget wildlife
were made to the regulation as a result Permits for bear hunting with 43 actual populations. If literature exists past
of this comment. hunters. No bear were reported 1997, the refuge would welcome the
Comment: A commenter believes a harvested. Last year, 2003–2004 hunter information. When the refuge’s CD is
1981 Brunnell and Tait study to support survey returns indicated that there were scheduled for review in 2007, the refuge
a 20 percent acceptability mortality rate only 13 bear hunters on the refuge with manager will review the most current
for bears referenced in a compatibility 1 bear reported harvested. This data is literature available. It should also be
determination (CD) by Canaan Valley based on 40 percent of hunters noted that few hunters are using trailing
National Wildlife Refuge in West responding, so the number of bear dogs to hunt bear in the refuge and that
Virginia is outdated and does not harvested may be low. most bear hunters pursue their sport

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with archery. The refuge is still from attacking other species. Both the commenter did not provide or reference
concerned about nontarget species refuge and biologists from the States are supporting documentation.
impacts and will address this further in unaware of any such cases, nor did the The commenter referred to the final
the comprehensive conservation plan commenter provide or reference compatibility regulations pursuant to
(CCP) in 2007. No changes were made supporting documentation. the Improvement Act published in 50
to the regulation as a result of this The commenter claims that the dogs CFR parts 25, 26, and 29. Although the
comment. could interfere with other compatible Service published these regulations in
Comment: A commenter questioned uses such as bird watching. The timing October after the refuge developed their
that Canaan Valley NWR’s CD’s of the States’ hunting seasons are set to CD in March of the same year, the
stipulations pursuant to the use of minimize conflict between users. Bear compatibility standard enacted in law
trailing dogs do not adequately address hunting season occurs in the fall and and applied in those regulations is the
the safety of other users of the refuge. winter when bird watching is minimal. same as was in use when the CD was
Response: We disagree. At the time While it is possible for a dog to flush a completed. No new information has
the CD was written, the refuge did not bird away from a bird watcher, the effect been presented that would cause the
consider hunting bear with trailing dogs is temporary, and the chance of it manager to revise the CD. The refuge
to be inconsistent with public safety. occurring is unlikely. The refuge does not believe that the use of trailing
Although not specifically stated, the experiences very light bear hunting (as dogs is incompatible and stands behind
timing of the bear hunting season in well as few bird watchers) during bear the CD written in 2000 and the current
mid-December separates other refuge season. To date the refuge has never hunting plan. The refuge will review the
users temporally from this activity. received a complaint about trailing dogs CD as part of the CCP currently in
There is very little visitor use of refuge (which we limit to four dogs per hunter) development which will satisfy the
trails in mid-to-late December. Roads impacting wildlife watching. According review requirement for this document.
and parking areas are usually not to New Hampshire Fish and Game, there No changes were made to the regulation
accessible due to snow conditions. The has never been a complaint of this type as a result of this comment.
majority of refuge visitor use is on cross- Comment: One commenter observed
at the State level either. The State of
country ski trails that we manage in that certain portions of Anniston-
Maine also confirmed they are unaware
cooperation with Whitegrass Ski Calhoun Fort McClellan Redevelopment
of any conflicts between wildlife
Touring. Recent communications with Joint Powers Authority (the ‘‘JPA’’) land
watchers and houndsmen. Maine
Whitegrass operations confirm that road located adjacent to the Mountain
observed that the species being run by
conditions limit hunter access in Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge in
hounds on State property (coyote, bears,
vicinity of ski trails and that most Alabama (Longleaf) and certain portions
and bobcat) ‘‘are pretty secretive and
hunters hunt the other side of the of Longleaf are ‘‘currently undergoing
have low public visibility. In addition,
mountain on U.S. Forest Service land. characterization for the presence of
houndsmen try to run their dogs away
In addition, the Refuge Hunt Plan military munitions.’’ ‘‘Military
from the main road systems so their
limits locations where hunters can munitions have been discovered on JPA
dogs do not get hit crossing a road. This land and on Longleaf. Entrance onto the
release dogs, such as Old Timberline
also lowers the probability of there JPA land is currently restricted by land
and Cortland Roads. This eliminates
being a conflict with viewers.’’ The use controls * * * [but] there is no
interactions on public use trails as well
commenter did not provide or reference consistent and distinctive boundary
as conflicts with adjacent private
supporting documentation. delineations, other than Service signage
landowners. The no-rifle zone further
provides for public safety concerns on The commenter states they believe and old U.S. Army signs between the
the refuge’s south end as most bear gun there are obvious impacts to refuge JPA land and Longleaf.’’ The commenter
hunters using dogs use rifles and will habitats. Prior to refuge ownership, is concerned that allowing the public to
not hunt in these locations, which hunting bear and coyote with trailing voluntarily enter Longleaf may result in
include Beall and Freeland public use dogs had been occurring for many years. inadvertent encroachment by members
trails. Both the refuge and the States have not of the public onto JPA land. ‘‘Such entry
We foresee no issues with the current seen any obvious impact to habitat from may expose these members of the public
hunt program. Staff evaluations and this activity, nor did the commenter to the potential serious dangers inherent
monitoring are ongoing and the refuge provide or reference supporting in the presence of military munitions in
can implement changes as needs arise. documentation. unknown and undisclosed locations.’’
No changes were made to the regulation The commenter claims that the CD Response: The commenter is correct
as a result of this comment. does not address potential impacts to in stating that portions of Longleaf are
Comment: A commenter felt that the other wildlife species by trailing dogs. contaminated with unexploded
CD prepared for Lake Umbagog NWR As with Canaan Valley NWR, at the time ordnance (UXO). The vast acreage once
(Maine and New Hampshire) should be the refuge wrote the CD in 2000, there owned by the Department of Defense
revised and more thoroughly completed was very little scientific information (DoD) has provided protection to many
prior to authorizing the use of trailing that showed that trailing dogs have species and habitats that were lost in the
dogs for hunting of black bear and effects on other wildlife. Dogs used to surrounding landscape. The DoD has
coyote. pursue bear or coyote are well trained recently begun to divest themselves of a
Response: The refuge feels the CD for before use, and their handlers are portion of these lands. When there is a
hunting at Umbagog is sufficient and a responsible for ensuring that the trail or clear public benefit to be provided by
valid and pertinent document prepared track is the species targeted. It would be continued protection of these lands or
with the best information available at counterproductive to the hunt if dogs we are legislatively instructed to do so,
the time in consultation with the States trailed nontarget species, such as the Service has assumed habitat
of Maine and New Hampshire (States), Canada lynx. In the unlikely event a management responsibilities for many
using data from both States on bear-trailing dog pursues a Canada lynx, former DoD areas, as is the case at
populations and take. the lynx would climb a tree and the Longleaf.
The commenter expressed concern handlers would turn dogs away, leaving Many areas where the Service has
that there is nothing to stop trailing dogs the animal unharmed. Again, the assumed habitat management

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responsibilities remain closed to the service, outfitter, club, organization, or Comment: A commenter questioned
public due to known contamination or other person who provides equipment, whether we allow commercial turtling
because the amount or location of services, or assistance on Refuge System on White River NWR (Arkansas), and
contamination is unknown. In the case lands for compensation. Failure to also felt that removing nongame ‘‘rough
of Longleaf, the DoD has identified comply with this provision subjects fish species’’ (by allowing commercial
those areas where we may allow public each hunter in the party to a fine if fishing with an SUP) appears to violate
use activities. In addition, the DoD has convicted of violation.’’ the Improvement Act’s requirement to
identified and implemented those land Comment: A commenter questioned maintain a diversity of species and
use controls that they believe are the completeness of a compatibility should be found incompatible.
necessary to prevent inadvertent determination (CD) for Cache River Response: White River NWR does not
trespass into contaminated areas. NWR in Arkansas relative to the refuge allow commercial turtling, and we have
Land use controls implemented by allowing commercial fishing activities removed that language from the
DoD on Longleaf are identical in almost with an SUP. regulations and added the qualifier:
all respects to those currently in place Response: Cache River NWR has ‘‘We prohibit commercial turtling on
on the adjacent JPA land that is also suspended, effective immediately, all both the North and South Units year-
open to the public and include: (1) commercial fishing activities on the round.’’ The refuge has suspended,
Creation of a ‘‘No Entry’’ buffer around refuge until such time as the revised CD effective immediately, all commercial
contaminated sites; (2) Gating or (a 10-year document, which expired fishing activities on the refuge until
permanently barricading all access July 27, 2004) has been signed by the such time as the revised CD (a 10-year
roads into the ‘‘No Entry’’ buffer; (3) Regional Director. The following document, which expired August 5,
Installation of UXO Warning signs at comments will be incorporated as an 2004) has been signed by the Regional
200-foot (60-m) intervals around the attachment to the CD currently in the Director. The following comments will
‘‘No Entry’’ buffer; (4) DoD- approval process to provide additional be added to the CD currently in the
implemented UXO education and detail about this activity. approval process to provide additional
information program; and (5) Restricting We utilize commercial fishing to remove detail about commercial fishing with an
public access to daylight hours only to fish commonly known as rough fish from the SUP.
avoid any inadvertent access into the refuge streams and oxbow lakes. The species Commercial fishing is an important
‘‘No Entry’’ buffer around contaminated targeted for removal include German carp, management tool which is used to maintain
sites. All hunters must sign and carry silver carp, big head carp, grass carp, black native fish populations on natural lakes,
with them a hunting permit stating that carp, buffalo, and catfish. Of the seven bayous, and streams located on White River
they understand the rules and species listed, the five carp species are NWR.
regulations regarding hunting on the exotics, which as a group have impacted and In accordance with State regulations,
refuge. This hunting permit contains a to a degree replaced the native fisheries commercial anglers are only allowed to
within the refuge and ecosystem. A recent remove rough or nongame fish from refuge
map showing the boundary of those study completed by Arkansas State
areas of the refuge that may be hunted. waters. This management tool has been in
University determined that 40 percent of the practice since White River NWR was
All land use controls identified by the fisheries located in the mid and upper established in 1935. At that time, the goal of
DoD as necessary to prevent inadvertent portion of the Cache River and its primary commercial fishing was to improve the
trespass into contaminated areas are in tributary, Bayou DeView, were carp. The waters for sport fisheries; however, this
place. Monitoring will be done to ensure overly abundant native buffalo, and to a management practice is even more critical
that these land use controls remain in lesser degree, catfish, also compete with today than it was in the 1930’s.
place and the public is protected from other native fisheries. Today, numbers of exotic fishes are on the
inadvertent trespass into contaminated One of the primary objectives of the Refuge increase and several species, which include
System is to remove exotics from refuges and German carp, silver carp, bighead carp, grass
areas.
to restore historic native populations. carp, and black carp, have successfully
Comment: A commenter asked that
Removal of these exotics and a reduction in invaded and established populations within
we remove language prohibiting the native rough fish population by refuge waters. While commercial anglers do
commercial activities unless authorized commercial harvest is a management practice remove native species such as catfish and
by a Special Use Permit for Bayou aimed at reducing the competition and buffalo through normal commercial fishing
Teche, Atchafalaya, Bayou Cocodrie, adverse impacts to native species, especially techniques, they also remove large numbers
and Bayou Sauvage NWRs in Louisiana. during early life stages. During early of nonnative carp (which have commercial
Response: After further review, we developmental stages, fry from these species value). The removal of these exotic species is
accept the changes suggested by the and native species both feed on micro and not imperative for the long-term health of the
requestor and have revised the macro organisms, which are no longer Lower White River Ecosystem (Lower White).
condition to simply prohibit available in historic concentrations due to A recent study by Arkansas State University
increased water turbidity and other factors. found that as many as 40 percent of the total
commercial activities on those refuges. Although humans are responsible for most of fish population in the Cache River Basin
We similarly made that change to Delta the turbidity, carp and buffalo (bottom consisted of carp. While the Cache River is
and Big Branch Marsh NWRs in feeders) also contribute and stir up upstream of White River, this same scenario
Louisiana. sediments, which increases turbidity and of a 40 percent carp component appears to
Comment: A commenter questioned impacts native fish nest and spawning be similar on the Lower White as is being
inclusion of language on the habitat. Fishery biologists with the Service demonstrated by an ongoing fish study of
requirement of a Special Use Permit have historically recommended commercial White River NWR oxbow lakes (Arkansas
(SUP) for commercial guiding services harvest of these species to refuge managers as Tech University).
on Overflow and Pond Creek NWRs in a management tool with the objective to Commercial fishing reduces competition
Arkansas if we do not allow those increase and restore native fish populations and adverse impacts to native species,
on refuges. Commercial harvest of these especially during early life stages of many
commercial activities. species at Cache River NWR is a management fish. During early developmental stages, fry
Response: We contacted the refuges in activity aimed at achieving the Service from these exotic species, as well as native
question, and they concur. We have mission of removal of exotics, restoration of fish species, feed on a wide array of
modified the language for both refuges native fish populations, and providing a invertebrates that in many cases are no longer
to read as follows: ‘‘No person will native and sport fishery for the enjoyment of present in sufficient numbers. This is due to
utilize the services of a guide, guide the public now and for future generations. the increased turbidity that is caused not just

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from influences from upstream areas, but Comment: A commenter observed When the cranes arrive in the area, we
from bottom-foraging activity of the there was no CD on file for commercial monitor their progress. As stated in the
nonnative carp. Without proper controls, the guiding, which would be required to hunt EA, we close the area immediately
bottom-foraging activity will, over time, issue an SUP, for Bill Williams River to hunting if a whooping crane is
continue to upset this delicate balance
having long-term impacts on native fish
NWR (Arizona). present. We also post whooping crane
populations throughout the basin.
Response: We disagree. We are not posters at the entrance to the hunt area.
Fish and Wildlife Service biologists within opening the refuge to hunting guides, This helps the hunter distinguish
the Refuge System, the Service, as well as we are simply informing the public of between sandhill and whooping crane.
numerous State fish and wildlife agencies the process we would require (an SUP) An ESA Section 7 was completed in
have recommended removal of rough fish by if an individual wanted to provide 1987 at Salt Plains. Whooping cranes
commercial methods as a management tool. commercial hunting guide services. were listed within the action area. The
Commercial harvest of these species at White Regulations at 50 CFR 25.41 authorize finding was as follows: ‘‘Whooping
River NWR, as well as numerous other managers to issue permits, and 50 CFR crane—no direct impact. Utilization of
national wildlife refuges, is a management 27.97 states ‘‘Soliciting business or the hunted area by whooping cranes is
activity aimed at achieving the Service conducting a commercial enterprise on
mission of removal of exotics, restoration of
limited. The cranes have a tendency to
native fish populations, and providing an
any national wildlife refuge is feed and roost on private land
assemblage of native fish species which will prohibited except as may be authorized surrounding the lake or in farm field C–
be maintained. by special permit.’’ The refuge is an area 1. Very rarely have they been reported
No change was made to the statement experiencing an increasing amount of to feed in the hunting unit and on
concerning commercial fishing with an SUP ecotourism, and they are attempting to private land adjacent to the hunted area.
as a result of this comment, but we did educate, inform, and provide notice to When whooping cranes are known to be
remove the statement on commercial turtling the public by providing the on the refuge they will be closely
with an SUP and inserted the statement requirements in this regulation. Further, monitored and on those occasions when
prohibiting commercial turtling. local magistrates have indicated that whoopers are feeding in the hunt area,
Comment: A commenter suggested any violations issued for improper upland game and migratory bird
that we prohibit sandhill crane hunting commercial guiding would most likely hunting will be closed until the
on Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge not be upheld without warning to the whooping cranes have left the refuge
(Lacreek) in South Dakota due to public. Therefore, they recommended hunt area. Hunters will be informed of
similarity of appearance with whooping including this language to aid in the potential of whooping cranes in the
cranes. successful enforcement. The refuge is area by the use of posters placed at the
scheduled to complete its CCP in 2009. check-in station.’’ Final determination:
Response: A number of safeguards A comprehensive management plan was hunting will not affect whooping cranes.
exists to provide protection for completed for the refuge in 1994, with Historically there have been very few
whooping cranes during their migration requisite CD’s completed for wildlife- sandhill cranes taken on the refuge.
(only one whooping crane has been dependent activities at that time. Since There were none in the 2003–2004
observed on the Little White River commercial guiding was not occurring season and only a couple in the 2002–
Recreation Area (Area) refuge since its (and has not occurred to date), it was 2003 season. The commenter did not
establishment). In the event that a not included in the CD. At such time as provide or reference supporting
whooping crane was documented using the refuge receives a request for that documentation, nor is the refuge aware
the Area, all public uses, including activity, they will prepare a CD. No of, any incidental take of whooping
sandhill crane hunting, could be changes were made to the regulation as crane at this refuge. The majority of
restricted under the authority of the a result of this comment. sandhill cranes are taken on private
Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 Comment: A commenter felt that property outside the refuge. We have
U.S.C. 1531–1544) until the whooping safety precautions, as provided in an contacted those private landowners and
cranes continued on their migration. environmental assessment (EA) placed posters in their blinds and asked
Hunters wishing to hunt sandhill cranes prepared in 1988, in place to protect them to curtail hunting if whooping
must secure a free sandhill crane permit whooping cranes on Salt Plains NWR cranes land on their fields.
issued by the State either from the (Oklahoma), were insufficient to protect The refuge plans to routinely review
refuge headquarters or from a the species. The commenter feels their CD concurrently with preparation
conservation officer. If a whooping sandhill crane hunting should be of the CCP, currently in draft form. No
crane was known to be in the area, the discontinued to protect the whooping changes were made to the regulation as
hunter would be notified and any cranes due to similarity of appearance. a result of this comment.
temporarily closed areas indicated. The Response: We disagree. The last Comment: A commenter feels that the
Area is also not ideal sandhill or sighting of a whooping crane (four in CD prepared for Washita NWR
whooping crane habitat. It is managed the hunt area for about 45 minutes) on (Oklahoma) fails to adequately protect
for recreation, including boating and the refuge was October 27, 1984. There whooping cranes in their migratory
fishing. The deeper waters required for was also a sighting on April 1, 1996, of game bird hunting program and that we
these activities do not provide suitable a whooping crane flying over the hunt are lacking a Section 7 consultation
habitat for either whooping or sandhill area or in the vicinity. The refuge closed under the Endangered Species Act. The
cranes. As a result, nearly all sandhill the hunting area at that time. The commenter feels we should revise our
crane hunters avoid hunting the Area majority of the whooping cranes roost regulations to terminate sandhill crane
and instead spend their time hunting on the southwest corner of Great Salt hunting.
private cropfields where they are much Plains Lake (8,690 acres) where we Response: We disagree. There are very
more likely to encounter sandhill prohibit migratory bird hunting. The few sandhill cranes taken on the refuge.
cranes. The remainder of Lacreek, where hunt area is located on the northeast The refuge last updated and reviewed
sandhill and whooping crane use is portion of the refuge’s 32,000 acres. the CD upon completion of the refuge’s
likely to occur, is closed to sandhill Staff and volunteers closely monitor CCP (now in draft). A Section 7
crane hunting. No change was made as the hunting areas during the time consultation was completed in 1981 and
a result of this comment. whooping cranes are migrating south. revised in 1994. This consultation

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determined ‘‘No effect’’ on bald eagle, believe that a 30-day comment period each refuge’s ‘‘opening package’’ (which
peregrine falcon, whooping crane, and gives the public sufficient time to the Region completes, the Regional
interior least tern. The commenter did comment and allows us to establish Director reviews, and the refuge copies
not provide or reference supporting hunting and fishing programs in time and sends to the Headquarters Office for
documentation nor is the refuge aware for the upcoming seasons. Many of these review of compliance with the various
of any incidental take of whooping rules also relieve restrictions and allow opening requirements): (1) Step-down
crane at this refuge. However, due to the the public to participate in recreational management plan; (2) appropriate
concerns raised by the commenter, the activities on a number of refuges. Even National Environmental Policy Act
refuge is currently reviewing their CD. after issuance of a final rule, we accept (NEPA) documentation (e.g., Categorical
They further plan to educate the public comments, suggestions, and concerns Exclusion, Environmental Assessment,
by posting whooping crane posters at for consideration for any appropriate or Environmental Impact Statement); (3)
the entrance to the hunt areas and subsequent rulemaking. appropriate NEPA decision
working with the State to provide documentation (e.g., Finding of No
hunter orientation and species Effective Date
Significant Impact, Record of Decision);
identification training. No changes were This rule is effective upon filing in (4) Endangered Species Act Section 7
made to the regulation as a result of this the Federal Register. We have evaluation; (5) copies of letters
comment. determined that any further delay in requesting State and, where appropriate,
Comment: Two commenters felt that a implementing these refuge-specific Tribal involvement and the results of
30-day public comment period was too hunting and sport fishing regulations the request(s); (6) draft news release; (7)
brief and felt that more time was needed would not be in the public interest, in outreach plan; and (8) draft refuge-
for adequate public response. that a delay would hinder the effective specific regulation. Upon approval of
Response: We disagree. The Refuge- planning and administration of the these documents, the Regional
Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing hunting and fishing programs. We Director(s) is certifying that the opening
Regulations are an annual process in provided a 30-day comment period for of these refuges to hunting and/or sport
which we routinely publish the the June 30, 2004, proposed rule. An fishing has been found to be compatible
proposed rule each summer with a 30- additional delay would jeopardize with the principles of sound fish and
day comment period. Other than the holding the hunting and/or fishing wildlife management and
new section (§ 32.9) dealing with programs this year or shorten their administration and otherwise will be in
specific areas of the United States duration and thereby lessen the the public interest.
Unincorporated Pacific-Insular management effectiveness of this
Possession remaining closed to In accordance with the
regulation. This rule does not impact
commercial fishing (which has been Administration Act and Recreation Act,
the public generally in terms of
removed from this final rule for we have determined that these openings
requiring lead time for compliance.
reproposal at a later date), there is are compatible and consistent with the
Rather it relieves restrictions in that it
nothing contained in this annual purpose(s) for which we established the
allows activities on refuges that we
regulation outside of the scope of the respective refuges and the Refuge
would otherwise prohibit. Therefore, we
annual review process where we add System mission. A copy of the
find good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3)
refuges or determine whether individual compatibility determinations for these
to make this rule effective upon date of
refuges need modifications, deletions, or respective refuges is available by request
filing.
additions made to them. We make every to the Regional office noted under the
attempt to collect all of the proposals New Hunting and Sport Fishing heading ‘‘Available Information for
from the refuges nationwide and process Programs Specific Refuges.’’
them expeditiously to maximize the In preparation for new openings, we We add the following hunting and
time available for public review. We include the following documents in sport fishing activities:

Upland
Migratory Big game
Unit State game Sport fishing
bird hunting hunting
unting

Waccamaw ............................................................................................... SC X X X X
Crescent Lake .......................................................................................... NE X .................... .................... ....................
Mountain Longleaf ................................................................................... AL X X X ....................
Red River ................................................................................................. LA X X X X
Trinity River .............................................................................................. TX .................... X X ....................
Cross Creeks ........................................................................................... TN X .................... .................... ....................
Tennessee ............................................................................................... TN X .................... .................... ....................
Cypress Creek ......................................................................................... IL .................... .................... .................... X
Big Oaks .................................................................................................. IN .................... X .................... ....................
Big Branch Marsh .................................................................................... LA .................... X .................... ....................
Savannah ................................................................................................. GA/SC X .................... .................... ....................
Devils Lake WMD .................................................................................... ND X X X X
Huron WMD ............................................................................................. SD X X X X
Lake Andes WMD .................................................................................... SD X X X X
Madison WMD ......................................................................................... SD X X X X
Sand Lake WMD ...................................................................................... SD X X X X
Waubay WMD .......................................................................................... SD X X X X

Lands acquired as ‘‘waterfowl manage as part of wetland management migratory game birds, upland game, big
production areas,’’ which we generally districts, are open to the hunting of game, and sport fishing subject to the

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provisions of State law and regulations recovery actions by the U.S. Army on enforcement of these regulations more
(see 50 CFR 32.1 and 32.4). We are portions of Mountain Longleaf National efficient. In addition to now finding
adding these existing wetland Wildlife Refuge in the State of Alabama. these conditions in part 32, visitors to
management districts to the list of This Order was in response to reported our refuges will usually find these terms
refuges open for all four activities in violations related to the disposal of and conditions reiterated in literature
part 32 this year: Huron, Lake Andes, UXO and/or MEC by a U.S. Army distributed by each refuge or posted on
Madison, Sand Lake, and Waubay contractor. These violations have now signs.
Wetland Management Districts in South been documented. The ADEM Order We have cross-referenced a number of
Dakota and Devils Lake Wetland specifically applies to prescribed existing regulations in 50 CFR parts 26
Management District in North Dakota. burning activities on the refuge. and 27 to assist hunting and sport
DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in The Service requested from the U.S. fishing visitors with understanding
Iowa is closing to migratory bird Army a determination of whether the safety and other legal requirements on
hunting this year but will continue to current Order or issues surrounding the refuges. This redundancy is deliberate,
remain open to big game hunting and Order would result in a change in their with the intention of improving safety
sport fishing. The refuge has offered a determination that public access may be and compliance in our hunting and
snow-goose-only hunt for the past four safely allowed within the public use sport fishing programs. We are not
seasons with poor success, so they are areas of the refuge. It has been accepting public comment on the
stopping the hunt due to very low determined that the public use areas of existing regulations cross-referenced in
harvest rates. Stillwater National the refuge are not directly related to the this rule for the benefit of visitors.
Wildlife Refuge in Nevada is closing to Order. The area of the refuge that we
Fish Advisory
sport fishing this year due to concerns plan to open to the public is not known
over mercury contaminants in the fish. or suspected to contain UXO. The areas For health reasons, anglers should
Johnston Island National Wildlife now being reexamined under this Order review and follow State-issued
Refuge closed to sport fishing this year. are outside of the designated public use consumption advisories before enjoying
An Air Force installation exists as an areas on the refuge. recreational sport fishing opportunities
‘‘overlay’’ at Johnston Island. On June The Service will continue to monitor on Service-managed waters. You can
15, 2004, the Air Force terminated its the issues relating to this Order. Should find information about current fish
current mission and all military and new information become available that consumption advisories on the Internet
civilian personnel were removed from would lead us to believe that public at: http://www.epa.gov/ost/fish/.
the island. The Service also removed safety may be compromised, we will We incorporate this regulation into 50
our personnel. The Air Force still has close the refuge to all public uses CFR parts 31 and 32. Part 31 contains
administrative jurisdiction and control including hunting in accordance with general provisions for wildlife species
over all the islands and Naval Defensive 50 CFR 25.21(e). Should the ADEM management. Part 32 contains general
Sea out to 3 nautical miles, but there are Order be modified in any way, we will provisions and refuge-specific
no people there to engage in evaluate its affect on public use on the regulations for hunting and sport fishing
sportfishing, and outsiders are refuge and close the refuge to the public, on refuges.
prohibited from entering the Naval if necessary. Prior to opening for
Regulatory Planning and Review
Defensive Sea, so there is no need for hunting, the refuge will work with the
recreational fishing regulations. U.S. Army to ensure that all land use In accordance with the criteria in E.O.
We are withdrawing the proposed 50 controls are properly in place and 12866, the Service asserts that this rule
CFR 32.9 ‘‘What specific areas of the remain sufficient to protect public is not a significant regulatory action.
United States Unincorporated Pacific- safety. The Office of Management and Budget
Insular Possessions remain closed to Medicine Lake National Wildlife (OMB) makes the final determination
commercial fishing?’’ We will address Refuge in the State of Montana was under E.O. 12866.
this issue separately at a later date. This inadvertently dropped from the 50 CFR a. This rule will not have an annual
does not alter the fact that Baker Island 32.45 with the printing of the 2002 economic effect of $100 million or
NWR, Howland Island NWR, Jarvis edition of the CFR. It is reinserted in adversely affect an economic sector,
Island NWR, Kingman Reef NWR, and that section in this final rule to correct productivity, jobs, the environment, or
Palmyra Atoll NWR are closed to this administrative error. It is still other units of the government. A cost-
commercial fishing. As we stated in the correctly listed in § 32.7 What refuge benefit and full economic analysis is not
Federal Register notice published on units are open to hunting and/or required. The purpose of this rule is to
June 30, 2004 (69 FR 39553), the fishing? add 10 refuges and wetland
proposal was intended to more clearly The 2004–2005 hunting and sport management districts to the list of areas
display and give notice to the public of fishing season will result in a net of open for hunting and/or sport fishing
this fact. In addition, we are seven refuges added to sport fishing and programs and increase the activities
withdrawing the proposed modification nine refuges added to hunting. This will available at 7 other refuges. These units
to the portion of 50 CFR 32.71 dealing bring our cumulative total of refuges are located in the States of Alabama,
with sport fishing at Midway Atoll open to hunting to 325 and refuges open Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana,
NWR. The regulations that currently to sport fishing to 282. Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina,
cover this use remain unaffected; we This document codifies in the Code of South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.
will address this issue separately at a Federal Regulations all of the Service’s Sport fishing and hunting are two of the
later date as well. hunting and/or sport fishing regulations wildlife-dependent recreational uses of
On July 30, 2004, the Alabama that are applicable at Refuge System refuges that Congress recognized as
Department of Environmental units previously opened to hunting and/ legitimate and appropriate and directed
Management (ADEM) issued an or sport fishing. We are doing this to that we should facilitate their pursuit,
Emergency Administrative Order better inform the general public of the subject to such restrictions or
(Order) related to unexploded ordnance requirements at each refuge, to increase regulations as may be necessary to
(UXO) and munitions and explosives of understanding and compliance with ensure their compatibility with the
concern (MEC) investigations and these requirements, and to make purpose of each refuge. Many of the 544

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existing refuges already have programs Madison, Sand Lake, and Waubay and hunting programs were a pure
where we allow sport fishing and Wetland Management Districts in South addition to the current supply of such
hunting. Not all refuges have the Dakota are already open to hunting of activities, it would mean a consumer
necessary resources and landscape that migratory game birds, upland game, big surplus of approximately $875,000
would make sport fishing and hunting game, and sport fishing. We do not annually and an estimated increase of
opportunities available to the public. By expect any change in visitation rates at 11,035 user days of hunting and 1,090
opening these refuges to new activities, these wetland management districts user days of sport fishing (Table 1).
we have determined that we can make because recreationists currently have However, the participation trend is flat
quality experiences available to the the option to participate in these in sport fishing and hunting activities
public. This rule establishes hunting activities. Therefore, there are no new
because the number of Americans
and/or sport fishing programs and economic impacts from these wetland
participating in these activities has been
activities at the following refuges: management districts.
There are marginal new economic stagnant since 1991. Any increase in the
Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife supply of these activities introduced by
Refuge in Alabama, Savannah National impacts anticipated from decreasing the
fishing opportunities at Stillwater NWR adding refuges where the activity is
Wildlife Refuge in Georgia and South available will most likely be offset by
Carolina, Cypress Creek National in Nevada. They estimate that only 12
anglers a year are impacted and other sites losing participants,
Wildlife Refuge in Illinois, Big Oaks
substitute sites are readily available. especially if the new sites have higher
National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana, Big
Because this impact is marginal, we do quality sport fishing and/or hunting
Branch Marsh and Red River National
not conduct a quantitative analysis. opportunities. Using the value of the
Wildlife Refuges in Louisiana, Crescent
Further, there are no impacts difference in the upper and lower
Lake National Wildlife Refuge in
anticipated from decreasing the fishing bounds of the 95 percent confidence
Nebraska, Waccamaw National Wildlife
opportunities at Johnston Island NWR interval for average consumer surplus to
Refuge in South Carolina, Cross Creeks
in U.S. Unincorporated Pacific Insular represent the estimate of the increase in
and Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
Possessions because the only anglers consumer surplus for higher quality
in Tennessee, and Trinity River
were resident military personnel and sport fishing and hunting (Walsh,
National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. We
contractors. Effective June 15, 2004, the Johnson, and McKean 1990 1) yields an
present impacts in 2003 dollars.
U.S. Air Force removed all personnel estimated increase in consumer surplus
All wetland management districts are from the island. Outsiders are
open to hunting and sport fishing of about $232,000 annually, which is a
prohibited from entering the 3 nautical
activities until closed, and the true estimate of the benefits.
mile Naval Defensive Sea surrounding
rulemaking reflects that Devils Lake Consequently, this rule will have a
Johnston Island.
Wetland Management District in North Following a best-case scenario, if the small, measurable, beneficial economic
Dakota and Huron, Lake Andes, refuges establishing new sport fishing impact on the U.S. economy.

TABLE 1.—ESTIMATED CHANGES IN CONSUMER SURPLUS FROM ADDITIONAL SPORT FISHING AND HUNTING
OPPORTUNITIES IN 2004/05
Current Additional
hunting Additional Additional fishing and
and/or
Unit fishing hunting hunting
fishing days days days com-
days bined
(FY03)

Waccamaw .............................................................................................................................. — 300 175 475


Crescent Lake .......................................................................................................................... 1,639 — 2,000 2,000
Mountain Longleaf ................................................................................................................... — — 4,000 4,000
Red River ................................................................................................................................. — 40 110 150
Trinity River .............................................................................................................................. 12,243 — 300 300
Cross Creeks ........................................................................................................................... 22,562 — 100 100
Tennessee ............................................................................................................................... 233,517 — 200 200
Cypress Creek ......................................................................................................................... 16,975 750 — 750
Big Oaks .................................................................................................................................. 9,188 — 150 150
Big Branch Marsh .................................................................................................................... 6,835 — 4,000 4,000
Savannah ................................................................................................................................. 6,856 — 900 900

Total Days Per Year ................................................................................................................ 309,815 1,090 11,935 13,025

Consumer Surplus per Day ..................................................................................................... ................ $63.57 $67.53


Consumer Surplus for Quality Change ................................................................................... ................ $24.13 $17.27
Change in Total Consumer Surplus ........................................................................................ ................ $69,296 $805,923 $875,219
Change in Quality Consumer Surplus ..................................................................................... ................ $26,306 $206,072 $232,378
Note 1: All estimates are stated in 2003 dollars.
Note 2: Fiscal year 2003 visitation numbers for Waccamaw, Mountain Longleaf, and Red River were not available.

1 Article presented at the Western Regional

Science Association Annual meeting in Molokai,


Hawaii, on February 22, 1990.

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b. This rule will not create Regulatory Flexibility Act money in the area of the refuge that they
inconsistencies with other agencies’ We certify that this rule will not have would not have spent there anyway,
actions. This action pertains solely to a significant economic effect on a they contribute new income to the
the management of the Refuge System. substantial number of small entities as regional economy and benefit local
The sport fishing and hunting activities defined under the Regulatory Flexibility businesses.
located on refuges account for Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). A Regulatory For purposes of analysis, we will
approximately 1 percent of the available Flexibility Analysis is not required. assume that any increase in refuge
supply in the United States. Any small, Accordingly, a Small Entity Compliance visitation is a pure addition to the
incremental change in the supply of Guide is not required. supply of the available activity. This
sport fishing and hunting opportunities Congress created the Refuge System to will result in a best-case scenario, and
will not measurably impact any other conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their we expect to overstate the benefits to
agency’s existing programs. habitats and facilitated this conservation local businesses. The latest information
mission by providing Americans on the distances traveled for sport
c. This rule will not materially affect opportunities to visit and participate in
entitlements, grants, user fees, loan fishing and hunting activities indicates
compatible wildlife-dependent
programs, or the rights and obligations that more than 80 percent of the
recreation, including sport fishing and
of their recipients. This rule does not participants travel less than 100 miles
hunting, as priority general public uses
affect entitlement programs. There are from home to engage in the activity.
of refuges and to better appreciate the
no grants or other Federal assistance value of, and need for, wildlife This indicates that participants will
programs associated with public use of conservation. spend travel-related expenditures in
refuges. This rule does not increase the their local economies. Since
number of recreation types allowed in participation is scattered across the
d. This rule will not raise novel legal country, many small businesses benefit.
or policy issues. This rule opens 10 the Refuge System but establishes
hunting and/or sport fishing programs The 2001 National Survey of Fishing,
additional refuges and wildlife Hunting, and Wildlife Associated
on ten refuges and in wetland
management districts for sport fishing Recreation identifies expenditures for
management districts. As a result,
and hunting programs and increases the opportunities for wildlife-dependent food and lodging, transportation, and
activities available at 7 other refuges. recreation on refuges will increase. The other incidental expenses. Using the
This rule continues the practice of changes in the amount of permitted use average expenditures for these
allowing recreational public use of are likely to increase visitor activity on categories with the expected maximum
refuges. Many refuges in the Refuge these refuges. But, as stated above, this additional participation on the Refuge
System currently have opportunities for is likely to be a substitute site for the System as a result of this rule yields the
the public to hunt and fish on refuge activity and not necessarily an increase following estimates (Table 2) compared
lands. in participation rates for the activity. To to total business activity for these
the extent visitors spend time and sectors.
TABLE 2.—ESTIMATION OF THE ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURES WITH AN INCREASE OF ACTIVITIES IN 7 REFUGES AND THE
OPENING OF 10 REFUGES AND WETLAND MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS TO FISHING AND/OR HUNTING FOR 2004/05
Average Possible
Current refuge
U.S. total expenditures expend. additional ref-
expenditures w/o dupli-
in 2001 per day uge expendi-
cation (FY2003)
($) tures

Anglers

Total Days Spent ....................................................................... 557 Mil .............. 6.7 Mil 1,090
Total Expenditures ..................................................................... $37.0 Bil 66 $441.8 Mil $72,395
Trip Related ........................................................................ $15.2 Bil 27 $181.7 Mil $29,777
Food and Lodging ............................................................... $6.1 Bil 11 $72.9 Mil $11,949
Transportation ..................................................................... $3.7 Bil 7 $43.6 Mil $7,143
Other ................................................................................... $5.5 Bil 10 $66.2 Mil $10,685

Hunters

Total Days Spent ....................................................................... 228 Mil .............. 2.2 Mil 11,935
Total Expenditures ..................................................................... $21.4 Bil 94 $206.5 Mil $1,119,139
Trip Related ........................................................................ $5.5 Bil 24 $52.6 Mil $285,195
Food and Lodging ............................................................... $2.5 Bil 11 $24.5 Mil $133,027
Transportation ..................................................................... $1.9 Bil 8 $17.9 Mil $97,157
Other ................................................................................... $1.1 Bil 5 $10.1 Mil $55,011
Note: All estimates are in 2003 dollars.

Using a national impact multiplier for ‘‘Sportfishing in America’’ for the the sport fishing and hunting occurs
hunting activities (2.73) derived from estimated increase in direct within 100 miles of a participant’s
the report ‘‘Economic Importance of expenditures yields a total economic residence, then it is unlikely that most
Hunting in America’’ and a national impact of approximately $3.3 million of this spending would be ‘‘new’’ money
impact multiplier for sport fishing (2003 dollars) (Southwick Associates, coming into a local economy and,
activities (2.79) from the report Inc., 2003). Since we know that most of therefore, this spending would be offset

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with a decrease in some other sector of the local economy and, therefore, the affected counties qualifies as small
the local economy. The net gain to the real impact would be on the order of businesses. With the small increase in
local economies would be no more than $651,000 annually. The maximum overall spending anticipated from this
$3.3 million and most likely increase (if all spending were new rule, it is unlikely that a substantial
considerably less. Since 80 percent of money) at most would be less than 2 number of small entities will have more
the participants travel less than 100 percent for local retail trade spending than a small benefit from the increased
miles to engage in hunting and sport (Table 3). recreationist spending near the affected
fishing activities, their spending A large percentage of the retail trade refuges.
patterns would not add new money into establishments in the majority of

TABLE 3.—COMPARATIVE EXPENDITURES FOR RETAIL TRADE ASSOCIATED WITH ADDITIONAL REFUGE VISITATION FOR
2004/05
Estimated Addition as a
Retail trade in Establish with
maximum ad- percentage of Total number
Unit/county(ies) 1997 <10 employ-
dition from total retail retail establish
(2003 dollars) ees
new refuge trade

Waccamaw
Horry, SC ................................................................ $2,872.0 Mil $12,083 0.0004 2,270 1,556
Georgetown, SC ..................................................... 552.5 Mil 12,083 0.002 492 347
Marion, SC .............................................................. 247.3 Mil 12,083 0.005 212 156
Crescent Lake
Garden, NE ............................................................. 11.0 Mil 188,000 1.701 21 18
Mountain Longleaf
Calhoun, AL ............................................................ 1,125.8 Mil 376,000 0.033 723 489
Red River
Natchitoches, LA ..................................................... 264.1 Mil 12,980 0.005 191 122
Trinity River
Liberty, TX .............................................................. 506.4 Mil 28,200 0.006 257 177
Cross Creeks
Stewart, TN ............................................................. 49.9 Mil 9,400 0.019 45 32
Tennessee
Henry, TN ............................................................... 280.4 Mil 6,267 0.002 218 160
Humphreys, TN ....................................................... 127.0 Mil 6,267 0.005 100 72
Benton, TN .............................................................. 106.0 Mil 6,267 0.006 106 80
Cypress Creek
Pulaski, IL ............................................................... 17.8 Mil 16,500 0.093 35 29
Union, IL ................................................................. 111.0 Mil 16,500 0.015 86 66
Alexander, IL ........................................................... 33.4 Mil 16,500 0.049 54 42
Big Oaks
Jefferson, IN ........................................................... 322.3 Mil 4,700 0.001 218 153
Jennings, IN ............................................................ 156.0 Mil 4,700 0.003 100 70
Ripley, IN ................................................................ 226.2 Mil 4,700 0.002 168 113
Big Branch Marsh
St. Tammany Parish, LA ........................................ 1,732.8 Mil 376,000 0.022 1,068 713
Savannah
Chatham, GA .......................................................... 2,828.1 Mil 28,200 0.001 1,760 1,179
Effingham, GA ........................................................ 190.0 Mil 28,200 0.015 114 79
Jasper, SC .............................................................. 88.2 Mil 28,200 0.032 95 61
Note 1: Data are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 1997 County Business Patterns & 1997 Economic Census.

Many small businesses may benefit employment or small business effects. individual industries, Federal, State, or
from some increased refuge visitation. This rule: local government agencies, or
However, we expect that much of this a. Does not have an annual effect on geographic regions. This rule will have
benefit will be offset as recreationists the economy of $100 million or more. only a slight effect on the costs of
spend the same money in a different The additional sport fishing and hunting and sport fishing opportunities
location. We expect that the incremental hunting opportunities at the 7 refuges for Americans. Under the assumption
recreational opportunities will be would generate angler and hunter that any additional hunting and sport
scattered, and so we do not expect that expenditures with a maximum fishing opportunities would be quality,
the rule will have a significant economic impact estimated at $3.3 participants would be attracted to the
economic effect (benefit) on a million per year (2003 dollars). refuge. If the refuge were closer to the
substantial number of small entities in Consequently, the maximum benefit of participants’ residences, then a
any region or nationally. this rule for businesses both small and reduction in travel costs would occur
Small Business Regulatory Enforcement large would not be sufficient to make and benefit the participants. The Service
Fairness Act this a major rule. The impact would be does not have information to quantify
scattered across the country and would this reduction in travel cost but assumes
The rule is not a major rule under 5 most likely not be significant in any that since most people travel less than
U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business local area. 100 miles to hunt and fish, the reduced
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. b. Will not cause a major increase in travel cost would be small for the
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fishing generated by this rule. We do not Civil Justice Reform (E.O. 12988) or sport fishing, we have determined
expect this rule to affect the supply or In accordance with E.O. 12988, the that Waccamaw National Wildlife
demand for sport fishing and hunting Office of the Solicitor has determined Refuge (for wood stork, red cockaded
opportunities in the United States and, that the rule does not unduly burden the woodpecker, peregrine falcon, and bald
therefore, it should not affect prices for judicial system and that it meets the eagle), Mountain Longleaf National
sport fishing and hunting equipment requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) Wildlife Refuge, Red River National
and supplies, or the retailers that sell of the Order. The regulation will clarify Wildlife Refuge, Trinity River National
equipment. Additional refuge hunting established regulations and result in Wildlife Refuge, Cross Creeks National
and sport fishing opportunities would better understanding of the regulations Wildlife Refuge, Tennessee National
account for less than 0.001 percent of by refuge visitors. Wildlife Refuge, Cypress Creek National
the available opportunities in the Wildlife Refuge, Big Oaks National
United States. Energy Supply, Distribution or Use Wildlife Refuge, and Big Branch
c. Does not have significant adverse (E.O. 13211) National Wildlife Refuge will not likely
effects on competition, employment, On May 18, 2001, the President issued adversely affect any endangered or
investment, productivity, innovation, or E.O. 13211 on regulations that threatened species or designated critical
the ability of United States-based significantly affect energy supply, habitat, and Waccamaw National
enterprises to compete with foreign- distribution, and use. E.O. 13211 Wildlife Refuge (for shortnose sturgeon,
based enterprises. This rule represents requires agencies to prepare Statements pondberry, Canby’s dropwort, and
only a small proportion of recreational of Energy Effects when undertaking American chaffseed), Savannah
spending of a small number of affected certain actions. Because this rule opens National Wildlife Refuge, and Crescent
anglers and hunters, approximately a seven refuges to hunting and/or sport Lake National Wildlife Refuge will not
maximum of $3.3 million annually in fishing programs and makes minor affect any endangered or threatened
impact. Therefore, this rule will have no changes to other refuges open to those species or designated critical habitat.
measurable economic effect on the activities, it is not a significant We also comply with Section 7 of the
wildlife-dependent recreation industry, regulatory action under E.O. 12866 and ESA when developing a CCP and step-
which has annual sales of equipment is not expected to significantly affect down management plans for public use
and travel expenditures of $72 billion energy supplies, distribution, and use. of refuges, and prior to implementing
nationwide. Refuges that establish Therefore, this action is a not a any new or revised public recreation
hunting and sport fishing programs may significant energy action and no program on a refuge as identified in 50
hire additional staff from the local Statement of Energy Effects is required. CFR 26.32. We also make
community to assist with the programs, determinations when required by the
Consultation and Coordination With ESA before the addition of a refuge to
but this would not be a significant
Indian Tribal Governments (E.O. the lists of areas open to hunting or
increase because only 10 refuges are
13175) sport fishing as contained in 50 CFR
adding new programs and only 7 refuges
are increasing activities by this rule. In accordance with E.O. 13175, we 32.7.
have evaluated possible effects on National Environmental Policy Act
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act federally recognized Indian tribes and
Since this rule applies to public use have determined that there are no We analyzed this rule in accordance
of federally owned and managed effects. We coordinate recreational use with the criteria of the National
refuges, it does not impose an unfunded on refuges with Tribal governments Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42
mandate on State, local, or Tribal having adjoining or overlapping U.S.C. 4332(C)) (NEPA) and 516 DM 6,
governments or the private sector of jurisdiction before we propose the Appendix 1. This rule does not
more than $100 million per year. The regulations. This regulation is consistent constitute a major Federal action
rule does not have a significant or with and not less restrictive than Tribal significantly affecting the quality of the
unique effect on State, local, or Tribal reservation rules. human environment. An environmental
governments or the private sector. A impact statement/assessment is not
Paperwork Reduction Act required.
statement containing the information
required by the Unfunded Mandates This regulation does not contain any A categorical exclusion from NEPA
Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) is not information collection requirements documentation applies to this
required. other than those already approved by amendment of refuge-specific hunting
the OMB under the Paperwork and sport fishing regulations since it is
Takings (E.O. 12630) Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) technical and procedural in nature and
In accordance with E.O. 12630, the (OMB Control Number is 1018–0102). we otherwise comply with NEPA at the
rule does not have significant takings See 50 CFR 25.23 for information specific refuge units.
implications. This regulation will affect concerning that approval. An agency Prior to the addition of a refuge to the
only visitors at refuges and describe may not conduct or sponsor and a list of areas open to hunting and sport
what they can do while they are there. person is not required to respond to a fishing in 50 CFR part 32, we develop
collection of information unless it specific management plans for the
Federalism (E.O. 13132) affected refuges. We incorporate these
displays a currently valid OMB control
As discussed in the Regulatory number. refuge hunting and sport fishing
Planning and Review and Unfunded activities in refuge CCPs and/or other
Mandates Reform Act sections above, Endangered Species Act Section 7 step-down management plans, pursuant
this rule does not have sufficient Consultation to our refuge planning guidance in 602
Federalism implications to warrant the We reviewed the changes in hunting FW 1, 3, and 4. We prepare CCPs and
preparation of a Federalism Assessment and sport fishing regulations herein step-down plans in compliance with
under E.O. 13132. In preparing this rule, with regard to Section 7 of the section 102(2)(C) of NEPA, and the
we worked with State governments, and Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 Council on Environmental Quality’s
our programs are consistent to the State U.S.C. 1531–1544, as amended) (ESA). regulations for implementing NEPA in
regulations to the degree practicable. For the refuges opening for hunting and/ 40 CFR parts 1500–1508. We invite the

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affected public to participate in the Primary Author State of Kansas, which was previously
review, development, and Leslie A. Marler, Management inadvertently omitted;
implementation of these plans. Analyst, Division of Conservation ■ d. Alphabetically adding ‘‘Red River
Planning and Policy, National Wildlife National Wildlife Refuge’’ in the State of
Available Information for Specific
Refuge System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Louisiana;
Refuges
Service, Arlington, Virginia 22203, is ■ e. Removing ‘‘Lake Umbagog National
Individual refuge headquarters retain the primary author of this rulemaking Wildlife Refuge’’ in the State of New
information regarding public use document. Jersey;
programs and the conditions that apply ■ f. Revising ‘‘MacKay Island National
to their specific programs and maps of List of Subjects Wildlife Refuge’’ to read ‘‘Mackay Island
their respective areas. You may also 50 CFR Part 31 National Wildlife Refuge’’ in the State of
obtain information from the Regional North Carolina;
Fish, Wildlife, Wildlife refuges. ■ g. Alphabetically adding ‘‘Devils Lake
Offices at the addresses listed below:
Region 1—California, Hawaii, Idaho, 50 CFR Part 32 Wetland Management District’’ in the
Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Fishing, Hunting, Reporting and State of North Dakota;
■ h. Revising the listing of ‘‘Hart
Regional Chief, National Wildlife Refuge recordkeeping requirements, Wildlife,
System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife refuges. Mountain National Wildlife Refuge’’ to
Eastside Federal Complex, 911 N.E. 11th read ‘‘Hart Mountain National Antelope
■ For the reasons set forth in the
Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97232–4181; Refuge’’ and placing it in alphabetical
preamble, we amend title 50, chapter I,
Telephone (503) 231–6214. order in the State of Oregon;
subchapter C of the Code of Federal
■ i. Alphabetically adding ‘‘Waccamaw
Region 2—Arizona, New Mexico, Regulations as follows:
National Wildlife Refuge’’ in the State of
Oklahoma, and Texas. Regional Chief, South Carolina;
National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. PART 31—[AMENDED]
■ j. Alphabetically adding ‘‘Devils Lake
Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box ■ 1. The authority citation for part 31 Wetland Management District,’’ ‘‘Huron
1306, 500 Gold Avenue, Albuquerque, continues to read as follows: Wetland Management District,’’ ‘‘Lake
New Mexico 87103; Telephone (505) Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 43 U.S.C. 315a; 16 Andes Wetland Management District,’’
248–6804. U.S.C. 460k, 668dd–ee, 685, 725, 690d, 715i, ‘‘Madison Wetland Management
Region 3—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, 664, 718(b); 48 Stat. 1270; sec. 4. 76 Stat. 654. District,’’ ‘‘Sand Lake Wetland
Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, ■ 2. Revise § 31.13 to read as follows: Management District,’’ and ‘‘Waubay
and Wisconsin. Regional Chief, National Wetland Management District,’’ and
Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. Fish and § 31.13 Do we allow commercial harvest of revising the listing of ‘‘Wauby National
fishery resources?
Wildlife Service, 1 Federal Drive, Wildlife Refuge’’ to read ‘‘Waubay
Federal Building, Fort Snelling, Refuge managers may allow National Wildlife Refuge’’ in the State of
Minnesota 55111; Telephone (612)– commercial harvest of fishery resources South Dakota; and
713–5400. by issuance of a permit or by refuge- ■ k. Revising the listing of ‘‘Johnston
specific regulation in compliance with Atoll National Wildlife Refuge’’ to read
Region 4—Alabama, Arkansas, applicable State and Federal laws when
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, ‘‘Johnston Island National Wildlife
compatible and in compliance with Refuge’’ in the United States
Mississippi, North Carolina, South § 29.1 of this subchapter C.
Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and Unincorporated Pacific Insular
the Virgin Islands. Regional Chief, PART 32—[AMENDED] Possessions.
National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. §§ 32.20 through 32.72 [Amended]
Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century ■ 3. The authority citation for part 32
Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia 30345; continues to read as follows: 5. In §§ 32.20 through 32.72 remove

Telephone (404) 679–7154. the entry ‘‘A. Hunting of Migratory Game
Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 16 U.S.C. 460k,
664, 668dd–668ee, and 715i. Birds.’’ and add in its place ‘‘A.
Region 5—Connecticut, Delaware,
Migratory Game Bird Hunting.’’ each
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New § 32.7 [Amended] place that it appears.
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, ■ 4. Amend § 32.7 ‘‘What refuge units are ■ 6. Amend § 32.20 Alabama by:
Virginia, and West Virginia. Regional open to hunting and/or sport fishing?’’ ■ a. Revising the listing of Blowing Wind
Chief, National Wildlife Refuge System, by: Cave National Wildlife Refuge to read
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 ■ a. Revising the listing of ‘‘Blowing Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge,
Westgate Center Drive, Hadley, Wind Cave National Wildlife Refuge’’ to placing it in alphabetical order, and
Massachusetts 01035–9589; Telephone read ‘‘Sauta Cave National Wildlife revising paragraph B.;
(413) 253–8302. Refuge’’ and placing it in alphabetical ■ b. Revising Choctaw National Wildlife
order, alphabetically adding ‘‘Grand Bay Refuge;
Region 6—Colorado, Kansas, National Wildlife Refuge,’’ and ■ c. Revising Eufaula National Wildlife
Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, alphabetically adding ‘‘Mountain Refuge;
South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge’’ in ■ d. Revising paragraphs A. and B. of
Regional Chief, National Wildlife Refuge the State of Alabama; Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge;
System, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ■ b. Revising the listing of ‘‘San ■ e. Adding Mountain Longleaf National
134 Union Blvd., Lakewood, Colorado Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge’’ Wildlife Refuge; and
80228; Telephone (303) 236–8145. to read ‘‘Don Edwards San Francisco Bay ■ f. Revising paragraphs B., C., and D. of
Region 7—Alaska. Regional Chief, National Wildlife Refuge’’ and placing it Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge to read
National Wildlife Refuge System, U.S. in alphabetical order in the State of as follows:
Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 E. California;
Tudor Rd., Anchorage, Alaska 99503; ■ c. Alphabetically adding ‘‘Marais des § 32.20 Alabama.
Telephone (907) 786–3354. Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge’’ in the * * * * *

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Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge wear hunter orange while on tree hunter education course. One adult may
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. stands. supervise no more than two youth
[Reserved] 5. We prohibit participation in hunters.
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow organized drives. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
hunting of squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, and 6. We prohibit mules and horses on hunting of squirrel and rabbit on
opossum on designated areas of the all refuge hunts. designated areas of the refuge in
7. We prohibit hunting by aid or accordance with State regulations
refuge in accordance with State
distribution of any feed, salt, or other subject to the following conditions:
regulations subject to the following
mineral at any time. 1. Conditions A1 and A5 apply.
conditions:
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in 2. We allow squirrel and rabbit
1. We prohibit hunting within 100
designated areas of the refuge in hunting on selected areas and days
yards (90 m) of the fenced-in Work
accordance with State regulations during the State season.
Center Area or the refuge boat ramp.
subject to the following conditions: 3. We prohibit dogs (see § 26.21(b) of
2. Access to the Middle Swamp is by
1. We allow fishing year-round, this chapter).
boat only. We prohibit access to the 4. We allow only shotguns.
except in the waterfowl sanctuary,
refuge from private land. 5. We prohibit mooring or storing of
which we close from December 1
3. We prohibit marking trees and use boats from 2 hours after legal sunset to
through March 1.
of flagging tape, reflective tacks, and 2. With the exception of the refuge 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise.
other similar marking devices. boat ramp, we limit access from 1⁄2 hour C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
4. You may take incidental species as hunting of white-tailed deer and feral
before legal sunrise to 1⁄2 hour after legal
listed in the refuge hunt permit during hog on designated areas of the refuge in
sunset.
any fall hunt with those weapons legal 3. You may use a rod and reel and accordance with State regulations
during those hunts. pole and line. We prohibit all other subject to the following conditions:
5. You must possess and carry a methods of fishing. 1. Conditions A1 and B5 apply.
signed refuge hunt permit when 4. We prohibit the taking of frogs or 2. We allow both archery deer and
hunting. turtles (see § 27.21 of this chapter). feral hog hunting during State archery
6. All youth hunters age 15 and 5. We prohibit bow fishing. and gun seasons.
younger must remain within sight and 6. We prohibit the use of airboats, 3. We close the portion of the refuge
normal voice contact of an adult age 21 hovercraft, and inboard waterthrust between Bustahatchee and Rood Creeks
or older, possessing a license. Youth boats such as, but not limited to, to archery hunting until November 1.
hunters must have passed a State- personal watercraft, watercycles, and 4. All youth hunters age 15 and
approved hunter education course. One waterbikes on all waters of the refuge. younger must remain within sight and
adult may supervise no more than two 7. We allow commercial fishing with normal voice contact of an adult age 21
youth hunters. the use of nets, seines, boxes, and or older, possessing a license. We allow
7. We prohibit overnight mooring or baskets only by Special Use Permit. youth gun deer hunting (ages 10–16)
storage of boats. 8. We prohibit mooring or storing of within the Bradley Unit on weekends
8. We require hunters to check all boats from 1⁄2 hour after legal sunset to during October where youth age 16 or
harvested game at the conclusion of 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise. under must be supervised by an adult.
each day at one of the refuge check-out Youth hunters must have passed a State-
stations. Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge
approved hunter education course. One
9. You may only use approved A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We adult may supervise no more than one
nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) #4 or allow hunting of mourning and youth hunter.
smaller, .22 caliber rimfire, or legal Eurasian-collared dove, duck, and goose 5. We close the portion of the refuge
archery equipment. on designated areas of the refuge in around the Upland Impoundment, also
10. We allow you to use dogs during accordance with State regulations designated by signs reading ‘‘Closed
the hunt, but the dogs must be under the subject to the following conditions: Seasonally November 15–February 28,’’
immediate control of the handler at all 1. You must possess and carry a to hunting after November 15.
times and not allowed to roam free (see signed refuge hunt permit when 6. We prohibit damaging trees or
§ 26.21(b) of this chapter). We prohibit hunting. hunting from a tree that contains an
dogs in the Middle Swamp area of the 2. We allow dove hunting on selected inserted metal object (see § 32.2(i)).
refuge. areas and days during the State dove Hunters must remove stands from the
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow season. You may only possess approved trees each day (see § 27.93 of this
hunting of white-tailed deer and feral nontoxic shotshells (see § 32.2(k)). chapter).
hog in accordance with State regulations 3. We allow goose and duck hunting 7. We allow access to the refuge for
subject to the following conditions: in the Kennedy and Bradley Units on all hunts from 11⁄2 hours before legal
1. Conditions B1 through B8 apply. selected days until 12 p.m. (noon) sunrise to 11⁄2 hours after legal sunset.
2. We require tree stand users to use during State waterfowl seasons. We 8. We prohibit hunting by aid or
a safety belt or harness. close all other areas within the refuge to distribution of any feed, salt, or other
3. We prohibit damaging trees or waterfowl hunting. mineral at any time (see § 32.2(h)).
hunting from a tree that contains an 4. You may only possess approved 9. We prohibit participation in
inserted metal object (see § 32.2(i)). nontoxic shotshells while in the field organized drives.
Hunters must remove stands from trees (see § 32.2(k)) in quantities of 25 or less 10. We prohibit mules and horses on
each day (see § 27.93 of this chapter). when hunting duck or goose. all refuge hunts.
4. During the spring muzzleloader 5. All youth hunters age 15 and 11. We require tree stand users to use
hunt for feral hog, muzzleloaders must younger must remain within sight and a safety belt or harness.
be .40 caliber or larger without scopes. normal voice contact of an adult age 21 D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in
We require hunters to wear hunter or older, possessing a license. Youth designated areas of the refuge in
orange in accordance with State big hunters must possess and carry accordance with State regulations
game regulations except you must also verification of passing a State-approved subject to the following conditions:

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1. We allow fishing, including subject to the following condition: You 5. We prohibit mules and horses on
bowfishing, from legal sunrise to legal must possess and carry a signed hunt all refuge hunts.
sunset only in refuge waters other than permit when hunting. 6. We allow hunting on designated
Lake Eufaula. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow areas Monday through Saturday. We
2. We prohibit taking frog or turtle hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit, prohibit hunting on Sunday.
(see § 27.21 of this chapter) from refuge groundhog, raccoon, opossum, beaver, 7. All youth hunters age 15 and
waters not connected with Lake Eufaula. and fox on designated areas of the younger must remain within sight and
3. We adopt reciprocal license refuge in accordance with State normal voice contact of an adult age 21
agreements between Alabama and regulations subject to the following or older, possessing a license. Youth
Georgia for fishing in Lake Eufaula. conditions: hunters must have passed a State-
Anglers fishing in refuge impounded 1. You must possess and carry a approved hunter education course. One
waters must possess and carry a license signed refuge hunt permit when adult may supervise no more than two
for the State in which they are fishing. hunting. youth hunters.
5. We prohibit use of boats with 2. We only allow hunting from legal 8. We prohibit mooring or storing of
motors in all refuge impounded areas. sunrise to legal sunset. boats from legal sunset to legal sunrise.
6. Condition B5 applies. 3. We prohibit the use of dogs (see 9. We prohibit marking trees and the
§ 26.21(b) of this chapter) to hunt or use of flagging tape, reflective tacks, and
Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge
pursue raccoon, opossum, or fox. other similar marking devices.
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We C. Big Game Hunting. We allow 10. We allow the use of dogs to hunt
allow hunting of mourning and hunting of white-tailed deer, bobcat, upland game, but the dogs must be
Eurasian-collared dove on designated coyote, feral hog, and turkey on under the immediate control of the
areas of the refuge in accordance with designated areas of the refuge in handler at all times and not allowed to
State regulations subject to the accordance with State regulations run free (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter).
following conditions: subject to the following conditions: C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
1. You must possess and carry a 1. Condition B1 applies. hunting of white-tailed deer on
signed refuge hunt permit when 2. We prohibit damaging trees or designated areas of the refuge in
hunting. hunting from a tree that contains an accordance with State regulations
2. We allow hunting on designated inserted metal object (see § 32.2(i)). subject to the following conditions:
areas from 12 p.m. (noon) to legal sunset Hunters must remove stands from trees 1. Conditions B1, B3, B4, B6, B8, and
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and each day (see § 27.93 of this chapter). B9 apply.
Saturdays. 3. We prohibit using dogs (see 2. We prohibit participation in
3. Hunters must park in designated § 26.21(b) of this chapter) to hunt or organized drives.
parking areas. We prohibit parking pursue big game. 3. We allow bows with broadhead
vehicles on refuge roads or in the fields D. Sport Fishing. [Reserved] arrows and flintlocks .40 caliber or
(see § 27.31 of this chapter). larger only.
4. All youth hunters age 15 and Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge
4. We prohibit damaging trees or
younger must remain within sight and * * * * * hunting from a tree that contains an
normal voice contact of an adult age 21 B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow inserted metal object (see § 32.2(i)).
or older, possessing a license. Youth hunting of upland game on designated Hunters must remove stands from trees
hunters must have passed a State- areas of the refuge in accordance with each day (see § 27.93 of this chapter).
approved hunter education course. One State regulations subject to the 5. We require tree stand users to use
adult may supervise no more than two following condition: Sauty Creek a safety belt or harness.
youth hunters. Wildlife Management Area regulations 6. We prohibit mules and horses on
5. We allow you to use dogs during apply. all refuge hunts.
the hunt, but the dogs must be under the * * * * * 7. We prohibit hunting by aid or
immediate control of the handler at all distribution of any feed, salt, or other
times and not allowed to roam free (see Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge mineral at any time (see § 32.2(h)).
§ 26.21(b) of this chapter). * * * * * 8. All youth hunters age 15 and
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow younger must remain within sight and
hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit, hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit, normal voice contact of an adult age 21
raccoon, and opossum on designated raccoon, and opossum on designated or older, possessing a license. Youth
portions of the refuge in accordance areas of the refuge in accordance with hunters must have passed a State-
with State regulations subject to the State regulations subject to the approved hunter education course. One
following conditions: following conditions: adult may supervise no more than one
1. Conditions A1 and A3 through A5 1. You must possess and carry a youth.
apply. signed refuge hunt permit when D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
2. We allow hunting on designated hunting. designated areas of the refuge in
areas from legal sunrise to legal sunset 2. You may only possess approved accordance with State regulations
Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) #4 or subject to the following conditions:
Saturdays, except that you may hunt smaller, .22 caliber rimfire, or legal 1. We prohibit bank fishing around
opossum and raccoon after legal sunset. archery equipment. the shoreline of the refuge headquarters.
* * * * * 3. You must unload and case or Consult with the refuge brochure for
dismantle firearms (see § 27.42 of this further information.
Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife chapter) before placing them in a 2. We open all other refuge waters to
Refuge vehicle or boat. fishing year-round unless otherwise
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 4. We prohibit hunting in the Triana posted.
allow hunting of woodcock on recreation area or within 100 yards (90 3. We prohibit fishing in the
designated areas of the refuge in m) of any public building, public road, Waterfowl Display Pool and other
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4. We prohibit airboats and hovercraft 1. Anyone for hire assisting or guiding javelina, and feral hog on designated
on all waters within the refuge a hunter(s) must obtain, possess, and areas of the refuge in accordance with
boundaries. carry a valid Special Use Permit issued State regulations subject to the
5. We prohibit inboard waterthrust by the refuge manager. following conditions:
boats such as, but not limited to, 2. Conditions A3 through A7 apply. 1. You may only hunt feral hog during
personal watercraft, watercycles, and D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in big game seasons. Each hunter must
waterbikes on all waters of the refuge accordance with State regulations possess and carry a valid hunting
except that portion of the Tennessee subject to the following conditions: license and big game permit for the
River and Flint Creek from its mouth to 1. We close the isolated grow-out cove season in progress. There is no bag
mile marker 3. near the visitor center to fishing as limit.
6. We prohibit mooring and storing of posted. 2. Conditions A1 through A3 and B3
boats from legal sunset to legal sunrise. 2. We prohibit personal watercraft apply.
(PWC as defined by State law), air boats,
■ 7. Amend § 32.22 Arizona by: and hovercraft on all waters within the * * * * *
■ a. Revising Bill Williams River boundaries of the refuge. Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
National Wildlife Refuge; 3. We designate all waters as wakeless
■ b. Revising paragraphs A., B., and C. of speed zones (as defined by State law). A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge; 4. Persons fishing from a boat or other * * *
and floating object must obtain, possess, and * * * * *
■ c. Revising paragraph A.4.iv. of Havasu carry a current Colorado River shared 4. * * *
National Wildlife Refuge to read as jurisdiction stamp. iv. We limit the number of shells
follows: waterfowl hunters may possess as
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge indicated in refuge brochures.
§ 32.22 Arizona. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We * * * * *
* * * * * allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, and
■ 8. Amend § 32.23 Arkansas by:
Bill Williams River National Wildlife mourning and white-winged dove on
■ a. Revising Bald Knob National
Refuge designated areas of the refuge in
Wildlife Refuge;
accordance with State regulations
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We ■ b. Revising paragraphs A., B., C., D.1.,
subject to the following conditions:
allow hunting of mourning and white- 1. You may only use firearms (see and D.5., and adding paragraph D.8. of
winged dove in accordance with State § 27.42 of this chapter) for the taking of Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge;
regulations subject to the following ■ c. Revising Cache River National
legal game. You may only carry and use
conditions: handguns in conjunction with a Wildlife Refuge;
1. We only allow shotguns. ■ d. Revising Felsenthal National
designated handgun season. We prohibit
2. You may only possess approved weapons in the No-Hunt Zone of the Wildlife Refuge;
nontoxic shot while in the field (see ■ e. Revising Holla Bend National
refuge headquarters, on Service property
§ 32.2(k)). in Brown Canyon, and in the Watchable Wildlife Refuge;
3. We only allow hunting in ■ f. Revising Overflow National Wildlife
Wildlife Areas located at Arivaca
accordance with State regulations for Cienega and Arivaca Creek. Refuge;
the listed species. 2. We allow stands, but you must ■ g. Revising Pond Creek National
4. We only allow hunting on the remove them at the end of the hunt (see Wildlife Refuge;
refuge in those areas south of the Bill § 27.93 of this chapter). ■ h. Revising paragraphs B., the
Williams Road and east of Arizona State 3. The No-Hunt Zones include: Clark introductory text of paragraph C.,
Rt. 95 and the south half of Section 35, Ranch Tract, Don Honnas Tract, all paragraphs C.1. and C.3. and paragraph
T 11N-R 17W as posted. Service property in Brown Canyon, D. of Wapanocca National Wildlife
5. Only upon specific consent from an Arivaca Creek from milepost 7 to Refuge; and
authorized refuge employee may you Arivaca and within 1⁄4 mile (.4 km) of ■ i. Revising White River National
retrieve game from an area closed to the creek bed, within 1⁄4 mile (.4 km) of Wildlife Refuge to read as follows:
hunting or entry. all refuge residences and structures, and
6. We prohibit hunting within 50 § 32.23 Arkansas.
within a 2-mile (3.2 km) radius of both
yards (45 m) of any building, road, or the refuge headquarters and the 10 mile * * * * *
levee. (16 km) Antelope Wildlife Drive. Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge
7. We prohibit target practice or any B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
nonhunting discharge of firearms (see hunting of cottontail rabbit, coyote, and A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
§ 27.42 of this chapter). skunk on designated areas of the refuge allow hunting of duck, goose, coot,
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow in accordance with State regulations snipe, woodcock, and dove on
hunting of quail and cottontail rabbit in subject to the following conditions: designated areas of the refuge in
accordance with State regulations 1. We only require a refuge permit to accordance with State regulations
subject to the following conditions: hunt coyote during April and May. subject to the following conditions:
1. Conditions A1 and A3 through A7 Permits are available at refuge 1. We require refuge hunting permits.
apply. headquarters. The permits are nontransferable, and
2. We only allow hunting of cottontail 2. Conditions A1 through A3 apply. anyone on refuge land in possession of
rabbit from September 1 to the close of 3. Hunting groups using more than hunting equipment must sign, possess,
the State quail season. four horses must possess and carry a and carry the permits at all times.
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow refuge permit. 2. We allow hunting of duck, goose,
hunting of desert bighorn sheep in 4. Each hunter using horses must and coot daily until 12 p.m. (noon)
Arizona Wildlife Management Areas provide water and feed and clear all throughout the State seasons, except for
16A and 44A in accordance with State horse manure from all campsites. season closures on the Farm Unit during
regulations subject to the following C. Big Game Hunting. We allow Gun Deer Hunt and for the exception
conditions: hunting of mule and white-tailed deer, provided in A3.

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3. We allow hunting for goose from 1⁄2 to February 28 for access beyond 13. We only allow rifles chambered
hour before sunrise until legal sunset Parking Areas. for rimfire cartridges.
after the closing of the duck season in 20. We prohibit entry into or hunting C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
January for the remainder of the State in waterfowl sanctuaries from hunting of deer and turkey on
goose season(s) and Snow, Blue, and November 15 through February 28. designated areas of the refuge in
Ross’ Goose Conservation Orders. 21. You must adhere to all public use accordance with State regulations
4. We allow hunting for dove, snipe, special conditions and regulations on subject to the following conditions:
and woodcock when their seasons the annual hunt brochure/permit. 1. Conditions A1, A5, A11, A15, A18,
correspond with duck and/or goose 22. We prohibit airboats, hovercraft, A19, A21, A22, and B8, B11, and B12
seasons. and personal watercraft (Jet Ski, etc.). apply.
5. We prohibit commercial hunting/ B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 2. We divide the refuge into two
guiding. hunting of squirrel, rabbit, quail, hunting units: Farm Unit and Mingo
6. You may only possess approved raccoon, opossum, beaver, muskrat, Creek Unit.
nontoxic shot shells while in the field nutria, armadillo, coyote, and feral hog 3. The archery/crossbow hunting
(see § 32.2(k)) in quantities of 25 or less. on designated areas of the refuge in season for deer begins on the opening
The possession limit includes shells accordance with State regulations day of the State season and continues
located in/on vehicles and other subject to the following special throughout the State season in the
personal equipment. conditions: Mingo Creek Unit and Farm Unit except
7. We prohibit hunting closer than 1. Conditions A1, A5, A11, A15, A17 for the season closure on the Farm Unit
100 yards (90 m) to another hunter or (for upland game hunting, one adult during the Gun Deer Hunt. We provide
hunting party. may supervise no more than two youth annual season dates and bag limits on
8. You must remove decoys, blinds, hunters), A18, A19, A21, and A22 the hunt brochure/permit.
boats, and all other equipment (see apply. 4. Muzzleloader hunting season for
§ 27.93 of this chapter) daily by 2:00 2. You may only possess approved deer will begin in October and will
p.m. nontoxic shot while in the field (see continue for a period of up to 9 days in
9. Waterfowl hunters may enter the § 32.2(k)). all hunting units with annual season
3. We allow fall squirrel hunting in
refuge parking areas at 4:45 a.m. and dates and bag limits provided on the
accordance with the State season on the
access the refuge at 5 a.m. hunt brochure/permit.
10. Hunters may leave boats with the Mingo Creek Unit and on the Farm Unit,
5. The Gun Deer Hunt will begin in
owner’s name and address permanently except for season closure on the Farm
November and continue for a period of
displayed or valid registration on the Unit during the Gun Deer Hunt. We
up to 9 days on the Farm Unit with
prohibit dogs, except for the period of
refuge from March 1 through October annual season dates and bag limits
January 15 through February 28. We do
31. provided on the hunt brochure/permit.
11. We prohibit possession of or not open for the spring squirrel season.
4. We allow rabbit hunting in We close the Mingo Creek Unit.
marking trails with materials other than 6. The fall archery/crossbow hunting
accordance with the State season on the
biodegradable paper flagging or season for turkey will begin on the
Mingo Creek Unit and on the Farm Unit,
reflective tape/tacks. opening day of the State season and
except for season closure on the Farm
12. We prohibit building or hunting continue throughout the State season on
Unit during the Gun Deer Hunt. We
from permanent blinds. the Mingo Creek Unit only.
prohibit dogs, except for the period of
13. We prohibit cutting of holes or 7. We prohibit spring and fall gun
January 15 through February 28.
manipulation of vegetation (i.e., cutting hunting for turkey.
5. We allow quail hunting in
bushes, mowing, weed-eating, herbicide accordance with the State season except 8. Immediately record the zone 002 on
use, etc.) and hunting from manipulated for season closure on the Farm Unit your hunting license and later at an
areas (see § 27.51 of this chapter). only during the Gun Deer Hunt. We official check station for all deer and
14. We allow retriever dogs. turkey harvested on the refuge.
allow dogs.
15. You must unload firearms (see 6. We allow hunting of raccoon and 9. You may only possess shotguns
§ 27.42(b) of this chapter) when carried opossum with dogs beginning in with rifled slugs, muzzleloaders, and
in/on land vehicles or boats under November and continuing for up to a 3- legal pistols during the modern Gun
power. week period. We list annual season Deer Hunt.
16. We allow waterfowl hunting from dates in the refuge hunting brochure/ 10. You may only use single-person
roads and levees. permit. We prohibit pleasure running or portable deer stands.
17. All youth hunters age 15 and 11. We prohibit hunting from a
training of dogs.
younger must remain within sight and 7. We prohibit the use of horses. vehicle or use of a vehicle as a deer
normal voice contact of an adult age 21 8. You may take beaver, muskrat, stand.
or older, possessing a license. For nutria, armadillo, feral hog, and coyote 12. You must permanently affix the
migratory bird hunting, one adult may during any refuge hunt with the weapon owner’s name and address to all deer
supervise no more than two youth allowed for that hunt. stands on the refuge.
hunters. 9. We prohibit entry into or hunting 13. You must remove all deer stands
18. We prohibit target practice or in refuge waterfowl sanctuaries from from the Waterfowl Sanctuaries by
nonhunting discharge of firearms (see November 15 to February 28. November 14, except for stands used by
§ 27.42 of this chapter). 10. We prohibit hunting from roads Gun Deer Hunt permit holders who
19. We only allow vehicle use on except by waterfowl hunters. must remove their stands by the last day
established roads and trails (see § 27.31 11. You may leave boats with the of the gun hunt. You must remove all
of this chapter). We limit vehicle access owner’s name and address or valid stands from the rest of the refuge by the
on the Mingo Creek Unit to ATV use, registration permanently displayed on last day of the archery season (see
only on marked ATV trails. You may the refuge from March 1 through § 27.93 of this chapter).
use conventional vehicles on the Farm October 31. 14. We prohibit the use of dogs.
Unit from March 1 to November 14. You 12. We prohibit hunting from a 15. We prohibit the possession of
may only use ATVs from November 15 vehicle. buckshot on all refuge lands.

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16. We prohibit hunting from a 3. You may take nutria, beaver, and 8. We only allow portable tree stands,
mowed and/or graveled road right-of- coyote during any refuge hunt with the and you must remove them daily (see
way. firearm allowed for that hunt, subject to § 27.93 of this chapter).
17. Refuge lands are located in State State seasons. 9. We prohibit driving metal or other
flood zone B, and we will close them to 4. All youth hunters age 15 and objects into trees or hunting from trees
all deer hunting when the White River younger must remain within sight and in which objects have been driven (see
gauge at Augusta reaches 31 feet (9.3 m), normal voice contact of an adult age 21 § 32.2(i)).
as reported by the National Weather or older, possessing a license. For small 10. We prohibit cutting, pruning, or
Service in the Arkansas Democrat game hunts, one adult may supervise no trimming vegetation (see § 27.51 of this
Gazette, and reopen them when the more than two youth hunters. chapter).
same gauge reading in this newspaper 5. We prohibit target practice or any 11. We prohibit target practice or any
falls to or below 19 feet (5.7 m). nonhunting discharge of firearms (see nonhunting discharge of firearms (see
18. We only allow Gun Deer Hunt § 27.42 of this chapter). § 27.42 of this chapter).
permit holders on the Farm Unit during 6. You may take opossum during a 12. Hunters may enter the refuge no
the Gun Deer Hunt. raccoon hunt. earlier than 1 hour before legal shooting
19. We close Waterfowl Sanctuaries to 7. We prohibit dogs except for time and depart no later than 1 hour
all entry and hunting from November 15 raccoon hunting. We prohibit pleasure after legal shooting time.
to February 28, except for Gun Deer running or training of dogs (see 13. An adult age 21 or older must
Hunt permit holders, who may hunt the § 26.21(b) of this chapter). supervise and remain within sight and
sanctuary when the season overlaps 8. You may only possess shotguns
normal voice contact of hunters age 15
with these dates. with approved nontoxic shot (see
and under. For big game hunts, one
20. An adult not less than age 21 must § 32.2(k)) and rifles firing .22 caliber
adult may supervise no more than 1
supervise and remain within sight and rimfire ammunition.
9. You must unload and case firearms youth.
normal voice contact of hunters age 15 D. Sport Fishing. * * *
and under. For big game hunting, one (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter) while in
a vehicle, on any refuge road, parking 1. We prohibit the use of limb lines
adult may only supervise one youth.
area, or boat ramp. and jug fishing.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing
and frogging in accordance with State 10. We prohibit firearms south of * * * * *
regulations subject to the following Highway 18 and at the Brights Landing 5. We prohibit ATVs, airboats,
conditions: boat access. personal watercraft, Jet Skis, and
1. Conditions A5, A19, A21, and A22 11. We prohibit boats from November hovercraft (see § 27.31(f) of this
apply. 1 through February 28, except on that chapter).
2. We close waterfowl sanctuaries to portion of the refuge open for public * * * * *
all entry and fishing/frogging from fishing with electric motors and Ditch 8. We prohibit possessing turtles (see
November 15 to February 28. We also 28. § 27.21 of this chapter).
close the Farm Unit to all entry and 12. We prohibit hunting from mowed
fishing during the Gun Deer Hunt. or gravel roads. Cache River National Wildlife Refuge
3. You may leave boats with the 13. We prohibit ATVs (see § 27.31(f) A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
owner’s name and address permanently of this chapter). allow hunting of duck, goose, coot,
displayed or valid registration on the 14. You must adhere to all public use snipe, woodcock, and dove on
refuge from March 1 to October 31. We special conditions and regulations on designated areas of the refuge in
prohibit use of boats from 12 p.m. the annual hunt brochure/permit. accordance with State regulations
(midnight) to 5 a.m. during duck season. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow subject to the following conditions:
4. We prohibit commercial fishing. hunting of white-tailed deer on 1. We require refuge hunting permits.
5. We limit nighttime use to anglers designated areas of the refuge in These permits are nontransferable, and
fishing/frogging with fishing and/or accordance with State regulations anyone on the refuge in possession of
frogging tackle only. subject to the following conditions: hunting equipment must sign and carry
6. We prohibit mooring houseboats to 1. Conditions B1, and B11 through
the permit at all times.
the refuge bank on the Red River. B14 apply.
2. We allow archery/crossbow 2. We allow hunting of duck, goose,
Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge hunting for white-tailed deer. We and coot daily until 12 p.m. (noon)
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. provide annual season dates in the hunt throughout the State seasons, except for
[Reserved] brochure/permit. refugewide season closures during Gun
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 3. Hunters may only possess long, Deer Hunt and the exception provided
hunting of squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, recurve, compound, or crossbows. We in A3.
nutria, coyote, beaver, and opossum on prohibit possession of firearms (see 3. We allow hunting for goose from 1⁄2
designated areas of the refuge in § 27.42 of this chapter) by archery/ hour before legal sunrise to legal sunset
accordance with State regulations crossbow hunters. after the close of duck season in January
subject to the following conditions: 4. We prohibit dogs. for the remainder of the State goose
1. We require refuge hunt permits. 5. We prohibit possession of or season(s) and Snow, Blue and Ross’
The permits are nontransferable and marking trails with materials other than Goose Conservation Order.
anyone on refuge land in possession of biodegradable paper/flagging or 4. We allow hunting for dove, snipe,
hunting equipment must sign and carry reflective tape/tacks. and woodcock when their seasons
the permit at all times. 6. Upon harvest of deer, hunters must correspond with duck and/or goose
2. We prohibit firearms (see § 27.42 of immediately record the deer zone 030 seasons.
this chapter) on the refuge, except on their license and later on official 5. No person, including but not
during refuge squirrel, rabbit, and check station records. limited to, a guide, guide service,
raccoon seasons. We provide annual 7. Hunters must check out (check outfitter, club, or other organization,
season dates in the refuge hunting harvested deer) at the Hunter will provide assistance, services, or
brochure/permit. Information Station. equipment on the refuge to any other

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person for compensation unless such 21. You must adhere to all public use Deer Hunt permit holders on the refuge
guide, guide service, outfitter, club, or special conditions and regulations on during this hunt.
organization has obtained a Special Use the annual hunt brochure/permit. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
Permit from the refuge. For the purposes 22. We close all other hunts during hunting of deer and turkey on
of this regulation, we will consider any the Gun Deer Hunt. We only allow Gun designated areas of the refuge in
fees or services rendered to a person for Deer Hunt permit holders on the refuge accordance with State regulations
lodging, meals, club membership or during this hunt. subject to the following conditions:
similar services as compensation. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 1. Conditions A1, A5, A6, A11, A15,
6. We prohibit hunting, taking, hunting of squirrel, rabbit, quail, A18 through A21, B9, and B10 apply.
possessing, or attempting to take raccoon, opossum, beaver, muskrat, 2. We divide the refuge into the
wildlife with a guide, guide service, nutria, armadillo, coyote, and feral hog following three hunting units: Unit I—
outfitter, club, or organization providing on designated areas of the refuge in refuge lands between Highway 79 and
assistance, service, or equipment who accordance with State regulations Interstate 40; Unit II—all refuge lands
does not possess and carry the required subject to the following conditions: east of Highway 33 between Interstate
refuge Special Use Permit. 1. Conditions A1, A5, A6, A7, A11, 40 and Highway 18 at Grubbs, Arkansas;
7. You may only possess approved A15, A17 (for upland game hunts, the Unit III—all refuge lands west of
nontoxic shot while in the field (see adult may supervise no more than two Highway 33, from Interstate 40 to
§ 32.2(k)). youth hunters), and A18 through A21 Highway 64.
8. You must remove decoys, blinds, apply. 3. Archery/crossbow hunting season
boats, and all other equipment (see 2. Fall squirrel season corresponds for deer begins on the opening day of
§ 27.93 of this chapter) daily by 2 p.m. with the State season on all refuge hunt the State season and continues
9. Waterfowl hunters may enter the units except for refugewide season throughout the State season in all refuge
refuge parking areas at 4:45 a.m. and closure during the Gun Deer Hunt. We hunting units except for refugewide
access the refuge at 5 a.m. prohibit dogs except during the period season closure during the Gun Deer
10. We prohibit boats on the refuge January 15 through February 28. We do Hunt. We provide annual season dates
from 12 p.m. (midnight) to 5 a.m. during not open for the spring squirrel season. and bag limits on the hunt brochure/
duck season. 3. Rabbit season corresponds with the permit.
State season on all refuge hunt units 4. Muzzleloader hunting season for
11. We prohibit possession of or
except for refugewide season closure deer will begin in October and will
marking trails with materials other than
during the Gun Deer Hunt. We prohibit continue for a period of up to 9 days in
biodegradable paper, flagging, or
dogs except during the period January all hunting units with annual season
reflective tape/tacks.
15 through February 28. dates and bag limits provided on the
12. We prohibit building, or hunting
4. Quail season corresponds with the hunt brochure/permit.
from, permanent blinds. 5. The Gun Deer Hunt will begin in
State season on all refuge hunt units
13. We prohibit cutting of holes or November and continue for a period of
except for refugewide season closure
other manipulation of vegetation (e.g., up to 9 days in all hunting units with
during the Gun Deer Hunt. We allow
cutting bushes, mowing, weed-eating, annual season dates and bag limits
dogs.
herbicide use, and other actions) or 5. We allow hunting of raccoon and provided on the hunt brochure/permit.
hunting from manipulated areas (see opossum with dogs on all refuge hunt 6. The fall archery/crossbow hunting
§ 27.51 of this chapter). units. We provide annual season dates season for turkey will begin on the
14. We allow retriever dogs. in the refuge hunting brochure/permit. opening day of the State season and
15. You must unload firearms when We prohibit pleasure running or continue throughout the State season in
carried in/on land vehicles or boats training of dogs. Hunt Units I, III, and Unit II lands
under power (see § 27.42(b) of this 6. We allow the use of horses for within the fall State archery/crossbow
chapter). raccoon and opossum hunters in refuge turkey zone except for refugewide
16. We allow waterfowl hunting on Hunt Unit I. We prohibit horse use in season closure during the Gun Deer
flooded roads. other refuge hunt units or by other Hunt. We close Unit II lands outside the
17. All youth hunters age 15 and refuge hunters or visitors. fall archery/crossbow turkey zone. We
younger must remain within sight and 7. You may take beaver, muskrat, do not open for fall gun hunting for
normal voice contact of an adult age 21 nutria, armadillo, feral hog, and coyote turkeys.
or older, possessing a license. For during any refuge hunt with the firearm 7. The spring gun hunt for turkey will
migratory bird hunting, one adult may allowed for that hunt. begin on the opening day of the State
supervise no more than two youth 8. We prohibit hunting from mowed season and continue throughout the
hunters. and/or graveled roads except by State season in Hunt Units I and III. We
18. We prohibit target practice or any waterfowl hunters during flooded close Unit II lands with the exception of
nonhunting discharge of firearms (see conditions. those refuge lands included in the
§ 27.42 of this chapter). 9. You may leave boats with the combined Black Swamp Wildlife
19. We prohibit ATVs except on owner’s name and address or valid Management Area/Cache River National
established roads used by conventional registration permanently displayed on Wildlife Refuge quota permit hunts
vehicles on refuge lands south of the refuge from March 1 through administered by the State.
Highway 38. We prohibit driving October 31. We prohibit boats on the 8. Immediately record the zone 095 on
around a locked gate, barrier, or beyond refuge from 12 p.m. (midnight) until 5 your hunting license and later at an
a sign closing a road to vehicular traffic. a.m. during the duck season. official check station for all deer and
We only allow vehicle use on 10. We prohibit hunting from a turkey harvested on the refuge.
established roads (see § 27.31 of this vehicle. 9. You may only possess shotguns
chapter). 11. We only allow rifles chambered with rifled slugs, muzzleloaders, and
20. We prohibit entry into or hunting for rimfire cartridges. legal pistols during the modern Gun
in Waterfowl Sanctuaries from 12. We close all other hunts during Deer Hunt on the Dixie Farm Unit
November 15 through February 28. the Gun Deer Hunt. We only allow Gun Waterfowl Sanctuary, adjacent

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waterfowl hunt area, and the Plunkett 3. We require a Special Use Permit for substance other than biodegradable
Farm Unit Waterfowl Sanctuary. all commercial fishing activities on the materials.
10. We only allow portable deer refuge. 10. We prohibit possession or use of
stands capable of being carried by a 4. We prohibit hovercraft, personal alcoholic beverages while hunting (see
single individual. watercraft (Jet Skis, etc.), and airboats. § 32.2(j)). We prohibit consumption of
11. We prohibit hunting from a alcohol in parking lots, on roadways,
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge
vehicle or use of a vehicle as a deer and in plain view in campgrounds.
stand. A. Hunting of Migratory Game Birds. 11. All persons born after 1968 must
12. You must permanently affix the We allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, posses a valid hunter education card in
owner’s name and address to all deer and woodcock on designated areas of order to hunt.
stands on the refuge. the refuge in accordance with State 12. All youth hunters age 15 and
13. You must remove all deer stands regulations subject to the following younger must remain within sight and
from the waterfowl sanctuaries by conditions: normal voice contact of an adult age 21
November 14 and from the rest of the 1. We allow hunting of duck, goose, or older, possessing a license. One adult
refuge by the last day of archery season and coot during the State duck season may supervise no more than two youth
(see § 27.93 of this chapter). except during scheduled quota refuge hunters.
14. We prohibit the use of dogs. Gun Deer Hunts. We allow hunting of 13. We only allow ATVs for wildlife-
15. We prohibit the possession of woodcock during the State season. Dates dependent activities such as hunting
buckshot on all refuge lands. for quota deer hunts are typically in and fishing. We restrict ATVs to
16. We prohibit hunting from a November, and we publish them designated times and designated trails
mowed and/or graveled road right-of- annually in the refuge hunt brochure. (see § 27.31 of this chapter) marked with
2. Hunting of duck, goose, and coot signs and paint. We identify these trails
way.
ends at 12 p.m. (noon) each day. and the dates they are open for use in
17. We will close refuge lands located 3. We only allow portable blinds. You
in State-designated Flood Prone Region the refuge hunt brochure. You may use
must remove all duck hunting horses on roads and ATV trails (when
B and reopen them to all deer hunting equipment (portable blinds, boats, guns,
in accordance with State-established open to motor vehicle use) as a mode of
and decoys) (see § 27.93 of this chapter) transportation on the refuge for wildlife-
gauge readings, when the Arkansas from the hunt area by 1:30 p.m. each
Democrat Gazette posts these gauge dependent activities.
day. 14. We prohibit hunting within 150
readings. 4. You may only possess approved feet (45 m) of roads and trails (see
18. We will close refuge lands located nontoxic shells (see § 32.2(k)) in § 27.31 of this chapter) open to motor
in State-designated Flood Prone Region quantities of 25 or less each day during vehicle use (including ATV trails).
C to all deer hunting when the Cache waterfowl season; hunters may not 15. We prohibit target practice with
River gauge at Patterson reaches 10 feet discharge more than 25 shells per day. any weapon or any nonhunting
(3 m), as reported by the National 5. We close areas of the refuge posted discharge of firearms (see § 27.42 of this
Weather Service in the Arkansas with ‘‘Area Closed’’ signs and identify chapter).
Democrat Gazette, and reopen them them on the refuge hunt brochure map 16. We only allow camping at
when the same gauge reading in this as a Waterfowl Sanctuary and closed to designated primitive campground sites
newspaper falls to or below 8.5 feet (2.6 all public entry and public use during identified in the refuge hunt brochure,
m). waterfowl hunting season. Exception: and we restrict camping to individuals
20. We will close refuge lands located we open the Waterfowl Sanctuary to all involved in wildlife-dependent refuge
in Flood Prone Region D to all deer authorized activities during the activities. Campers may stay no more
hunting when the White River gauge at September teal season. than 14 days during any 30 consecutive-
Clarendon reaches 28 feet (8.4 m), as 6. No person will utilize the services day period in any campground and
reported by the National Weather of a guide, guide service, outfitter, club, must occupy camps daily. We prohibit
Service in the Arkansas Democrat organization, or other person who all disturbances, including use of
Gazette, and reopen them when the provides equipment, services, or generators, after 10 p.m. You must
same gauge reading in this newspaper assistance on Refuge System lands for unload all weapons (see § 26.42(b) of
falls to or below 27 feet (8.1 m). compensation unless the guide, guide this chapter) within 100 yards (90 m) of
21. We close all other hunts during services, outfitter, club, organization, or a campground.
the Gun Deer Hunt. We only allow Gun person has obtained a Special Use 17. You may take beaver, nutria, feral
Deer Hunt permit holders on the refuge Permit from the refuge. It is the hog, and coyote during any daytime
during this hunt. responsibility of the hunter to verify refuge hunt with weapons and
22. An adult not less than age 21 must that the guide has the required Special ammunition allowed for that hunt.
supervise and remain within sight and Use Permit; failure to comply with this There is no bag limit. You may not
normal voice contact of hunters age 15 provision subjects each hunter in the transport live hogs.
and under. For big game hunting, one party to a fine if convicted of this 18. We prohibit blocking of gates and
adult may only supervise one youth. violation. roadways (see § 27.31(h) of this
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing 7. You must possess and carry a chapter).
and frogging in accordance with State refuge hunt brochure permit. These 19. We allow the use of retriever dogs.
regulations subject to the following hunt brochure permits are available in 20. We require you to unload and case
conditions: unlimited qualitites at the refuge office, any firearms (see § 27.42(b) of this
1. We close waterfowl sanctuaries to brochure dispensers at multiple chapter) transported in any land
all entrance and fishing/frogging from locations throughout the refuge, and at vehicle, boat under power, or on horses.
November 15 to February 28. We area businesses. We define ‘‘loaded’’ as any shells in the
prohibit refugewide entry and fishing 8. We prohibit possession and/or use gun or cap on a muzzleloader.
during the Gun Deer Hunt. of herbicides. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
2. Conditions A19, A21, B9, and B10 9. We prohibit marking trails with hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit,
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coyote on designated areas of the refuge stations on the same day of the kill. We in accordance with State regulations
in accordance with State regulations identify the check station locations in subject to the following conditions:
subject to the following conditions: the refuge hunt brochure. Carcasses of 1. We require refuge hunting permits.
1. Conditions A4 through A18 and deer taken must remain intact (except The permits are nontransferable, and
A20 apply. you may field dress) until checked. anyone on refuge land in possession of
2. We allow hunting on the refuge 9. You may only use portable deer hunting equipment must sign, possess,
during State seasons for this zone stands. You may erect stands 2 days and carry the permits at all times.
through January 31. We list specific before each hunt, but you must remove 2. You may only take all upland game
hunting season dates annually in the them within 2 days after each hunt (see mentioned above during the refuge
refuge hunt brochure. We close hunting § 27.93 of this chapter). archery season.
during refuge quota deer hunts. We 10. We prohibit horses and mules 3. We allow gun hunting of raccoon
annually publish dates for these quota during refuge quota deer hunts. and opossum with dogs every Thursday,
deer hunts in the refuge hunt brochure. 11. We open spring archery turkey Friday, and Saturday until legal sunrise
3. We do not open for spring squirrel hunting during the State spring turkey during the month of February. We
hunting season and summer/early fall season for this zone. We do not open for prohibit pleasure running or training of
raccoon hunting season on the refuge. fall archery turkey season. dogs (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter).
4. We prohibit possession of lead 12. We close spring archery turkey 4. You must unload and case firearms
ammunition except that you may use hunting during scheduled turkey quota (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter) when
rimfire rifle lead ammunition no larger gun hunts. traveling in vehicles on refuge roads.
than .22 caliber for upland game 13. The refuge will conduct one 2- 5. We prohibit target practice or any
hunting. We prohibit possession of shot day, youth-only (age 15 and under at the nonhunting discharge of firearms (see
larger than that legal for waterfowl beginning of the spring turkey season) § 27.42(a) of this chapter).
hunting. quota spring turkey hunt and two 3-day 6. We prohibit possession or use of
5. You may use dogs for squirrel and quota spring turkey hunts (typically in alcoholic beverages.
rabbit hunting from December 1 through April). Specific hunt dates and 7. We only allow ATVs for disabled
January 31. You may also use dogs for application procedures will be available hunters with a refuge ATV permit.
quail hunting and for raccoon/opossum 8. We prohibit the use of horses.
at the refuge office in January. We
hunting during open season on the 9. We prohibit hunting from a vehicle.
restrict hunt participants to those
refuge for these species. At other times, 10. We only allow vehicle use on
selected for a quota permit, except that
you must keep dogs and other pets on established roads and trails (see § 27.31
one nonhunting adult age 21 or older
a leash or confine them (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter).
must accompany the youth hunter C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
of this chapter). during the youth hunt.
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow hunting of deer and turkey on
14. An adult age 21 or older must designated areas of the refuge in
hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey
accompany and be within sight or accordance with State regulations
on designated areas of the refuge in
normal voice contact of hunters age 15 subject to the following conditions:
accordance with State regulations
and under. One adult may supervise no 1. Conditions B1 and B4 through B11
subject to the following conditions:
1. Conditions A6, A8 through A11, more than one youth hunter. apply.
and A13 through A18 and A20 apply. D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing, 2. Archery/crossbow season for deer
2. We allow archery deer hunting on frogging, and the taking of crawfish for and turkey begins October 1 and
the refuge from the opening of the State personal use on designated areas of the continues through November 30.
season for this deer management zone refuge in accordance with State 3. Spring archery/crossbow season for
through January 31. regulations subject to the following turkey has the same dates as the State
3. You must possess and carry a conditions: season.
refuge hunt brochure permit to archery 1. Conditions A6, A8, A9, A13, A16, 4. The firearms spring youth hunt for
deer hunt, and multiple copies of these and A18 apply. turkey is the same as the State. We
brochures are available at the refuge 2. We prohibit fishing in the restrict hunting to youths under age 16.
office, in brochure dispensers located at waterfowl sanctuary area during the One adult age 18 or older must
entrances throughout the refuge, and at waterfowl hunting season, with the accompany one youth hunter. We must
many area businesses. exception of the main channel of the receive applications for hunts by the last
4. We close archery deer hunting Ouachita River and the borrow pits day of February.
during the quota deer hunts. along Highway 82. We post the 5. We only allow portable deer stands.
5. The refuge will conduct only one Waterfowl Sanctuary area with ‘‘Area You may erect stands 2 days before the
2-day quota permit for the muzzleloader Closed’’ signs and identify those areas start of the season and must remove the
deer hunt (typically in October) and in refuge hunt brochures. stands from the refuge within 2 days
only two 2-day quota permits for the 3. You must reset trotlines when after the season ends (see § 27.93 of this
Gun Deer Hunts (typically in receding water levels expose them. chapter).
November). 4. We prohibit consumption of 6. You must permanently affix the
6. We restrict hunt participants for alcoholic beverages in parking lots, on owner’s name and address to all deer
quota hunts to those drawn for a quota roadways, and in plain view in stands on the refuge.
permit. The permits are nontransferable. campgrounds. 7. We prohibit the use of dogs.
Hunt dates and application procedures 8. We prohibit marking trees or trails
Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge
will be available at the refuge office in with plastic or paint.
July. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. 9. We prohibit hunting from paved,
7. The quota muzzleloader and Gun [Reserved] graveled, and mowed roads and mowed
Deer Hunt bag limit is one deer, either B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow trails (see § 27.31 of this chapter).
sex, on each hunt. hunting of squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, 10. We prohibit hunting with the aid
8. You must check all harvested deer opossum, beaver, armadillo, coyote, and of bait, salt, or ingestible attractant (see
during quota hunts at refuge deer check bobcat on designated areas of the refuge § 32.2(h)).

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11. We prohibit all forms of organized 6. No person will utilize the services no bag limit. We prohibit transportation
drives. of a guide, guide service, outfitter, club, of live hogs.
12. You must check all game at the organization, or other person who 18. We allow retriever dogs.
refuge check station. provides equipment, services, or 19. We require you to unload and case
D. Sport Fishing. We allow sport assistance on Refuge System lands for firearms (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter)
fishing in accordance with State compensation. Failure to comply with transported in any land vehicle, boat
regulations subject to the following this provision subjects each hunter in under power, or on horses. We define
conditions: the party to a fine if convicted of this ‘‘loaded’’ as shells in the gun or cap on
1. Conditions B6, B7, B8, B10, and violation. a muzzleloader.
B11 apply. 7. We require a refuge hunt brochure B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
2. Waters of the refuge are only open permit that is available in unlimited hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit,
for fishing March 1 through October 31 quantities at the refuge office, brochure raccoon, opossum, beaver, nutria, and
during daylight hours. dispensers at multiple locations coyote on designated areas of the refuge
3. We do not require a permit to fish throughout the refuge, and at area in accordance with State regulations
but do require an entrance pass to the businesses. You must possess and carry subject to the following conditions:
refuge. a signed permit when hunting on the 1. Conditions A4 through A17 and
4. We limit free-floating fishing refuge. A19 apply.
devices, trotlines, and tree limb devices 8. We prohibit possession and/or use 2. We allow hunting during State
to 20 per person. Each device must have of herbicides (see § 27.51 of this seasons (see State regulations for the
the angler’s name and address. chapter). appropriate zone) for the species listed
5. You must reset trotlines and limb 9. We prohibit marking of trails with above through January 31. We list
lines when receding water levels expose tape, ribbon, paint, or any other specific hunting season dates annually
them. substance other than biodegradable in the refuge hunt brochure.
6. We prohibit leaving trotlines and materials. 3. We do not open for the spring
other self-fishing devices overnight or 10. We prohibit possession or use of squirrel season and summer/fall racoon
unattended. alcoholic beverages while hunting (see hunting season.
7. We only allow bow fishing during § 32.2(j)). We prohibit consumption of 4. We prohibit possession of lead
daylight hours during August. ammunition except that you may use
alcoholic beverages in parking areas and
8. We prohibit commercial fishing. rimfire rifle lead ammunition no larger
on roadways.
9. We prohibit possessing turtles (see 11. All persons born after 1968 must than .22 caliber for upland game
§ 27.21 of this chapter). possess and carry a valid hunter hunting. We prohibit possession of shot
10. We prohibit hovercraft, personal education card in order to hunt. larger than that legal for waterfowl
watercraft (Jet Skis, etc.), and airboats. 12. All youth hunters age 15 and hunting.
younger must remain within sight and 5. You may use dogs for squirrel and
Overflow National Wildlife Refuge rabbit hunting January 1 through 31.
normal voice contact of an adult age 21
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We You may also use dogs for quail hunting
or older, possessing a license. One adult
allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, and and for raccoon/opossum hunting
may supervise no more than two youth
woodcock on designated areas of the during open season. At other times, you
hunters.
refuge in accordance with State 13. We only allow ATVs for wildlife- must keep dogs and other pets on a
regulations subject to the following dependent activities such as hunting, leash or confined (see § 26.21(b) of this
conditions: and we restrict them to designated times chapter).
1. We allow hunting of duck, goose, C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
and designated trails marked with signs
and coot during the State duck season. hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey
and paint. We identify these trails and
We do not open during the September on designated areas of the refuge in
the dates they are open for use in the accordance with State regulations
teal season. We allow hunting of refuge hunt brochure. You may use
woodcock during the State season. subject to the following conditions:
horses on roads and designated ATV 1. We allow archery deer hunting on
2. Hunting of duck, goose, and coot trails (when open to motor vehicle use) the refuge during the State season (see
ends at 12 p.m. (noon) each day. (see § 27.31 of this chapter) as a mode
3. We only allow portable blinds. You State regulations for appropriate zone)
of transportation on the refuge and for through January 31.
must remove portable blinds, boats, and wildlife-dependent activities. You may 2. Conditions A5 through A11, A13
decoys from the hunt area each day (see use ATVs on unmarked roads and through A17, and A19 apply.
§ 27.93 of this chapter). levees in the North Sanctuary beginning 3. We allow muzzleloader deer
4. You may only possess approved 2 days prior to the opening of deer hunting during the October State
nontoxic shotshells (see § 32.2(k)) in archery season through October 31. muzzleloader season for this zone (see
quantities of 25 or less per day during 14. We prohibit hunting within 150 State regulations for appropriate zone).
waterfowl hunting season; hunters may feet (45 m) of roads and trails (see 4. Bag limit for the October
not discharge more than 25 shells per § 27.31 of this chapter) open to motor muzzleloader deer hunt is one buck and
day. vehicle use (including ATV trails). one doe.
5. We close areas of the refuge by 15. We prohibit target practice with 5. We only allow portable deer stands.
posting ‘‘Area Closed’’ signs and/or any weapon or any nonhunting You may erect stands 2 days before each
marking with purple paint and discharge of weapons (see § 27.42 of this hunt, but you must remove them within
identifing on the refuge hunt brochure chapter). 2 days after each hunt (see § 27.93 of
map as Sanctuary to all public entry and 16. We prohibit blocking of gates and this chapter).
public use. Exception: we open the area roadways (see § 27.31(h) of this 6. We prohibit horses and mules
identified as North Sanctuary on refuge chapter). during the muzzleloader deer hunt.
hunt brochure map to all authorized 17. You may take beaver, nutria, feral 7. We allow spring archery turkey
public use activities from 2 days prior hog, and coyote during any daytime hunting during the State spring turkey
to opening of deer archery season refuge hunt with weapons and season. See State regulations for
through October 31. ammunition legal for that hunt. There is appropriate zones.

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8. We do not open for the fall turkey normal voice contact of an adult age 21 hunting during refuge quota Gun Deer
archery season and spring turkey gun or older, possessing a license. One adult Hunts.
season. may supervise no more than two youth 2. We do not open to spring squirrel
9. We do not open for the gun deer hunters. season and summer/early fall racoon
season and December muzzleloader deer 11. We only allow ATVs for wildlife- season.
season. dependent activities such as hunting 3. Conditions A4 through A16 and
10. An adult age 21 or older must and fishing and restrict them to A18 apply.
accompany and be within sight and designated times and designated trails 4. We prohibit possession of lead
normal voice contact of hunters age 15 marked with signs and paint (see § 27.31 ammunition, except that you may use
and under. One adult may supervise no of this chapter). We identify these trails rimfire rifle lead ammunition no larger
more than one youth hunter. and the dates they are open for use in than .22 caliber for upland game
D. Sport Fishing. [Reserved] the refuge hunt brochure. You may use hunting. We prohibit possession of shot
horses on roads and designated ATV larger than that legal for waterfowl
Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge
trails (when open to motor vehicle use) hunting.
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We (see § 27.31 of this chapter) as a mode 5. You may use dogs for squirrel and
allow hunting of duck, coot, and goose of transportation on the refuge for rabbit hunting December 1 through
on designated areas of the refuge in wildlife-dependent activities. January 31. You may also use dogs for
accordance with State regulations 12. We prohibit hunting within 150 raccoon/opossum hunting during open
subject to the following conditions: feet (45 m) of roads and trails (see season on the refuge for these species.
1. We allow hunting of migratory § 27.31 of this chapter) open to motor At other times you must keep dogs and
game birds during the State duck vehicle use (including ATV trails). other pets on a leash or confined (see
seasons, except we close during 13. We prohibit target practice with § 26.21(b) of this chapter).
scheduled quota refuge Gun Deer Hunts. any weapon or any nonhunting C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
Dates for quota deer hunts are typically discharge of firearms (see § 27.42 of this hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey
in November, and we publish them chapter). on designated areas of the refuge in
annually in the refuge hunt brochure. 14. We only allow camping at accordance with State regulations
We do not open for the September teal designated primitive campground sites subject to the following conditions:
season. identified in the refuge hunt brochure. 1. We allow archery deer hunting on
2. Hunting ends at 12 p.m. (noon) the refuge from the opening of the State
We restrict camping to the individuals
each day. season through January 31 (see State
involved in refuge wildlife-dependent
3. We only allow portable blinds. You regulations for appropriate zone).
activities. Campers may stay no more
must remove portable blinds, boats, and 2. Conditions A4, A5 (for archery deer
than 14 days during any consecutive 30-
decoys from the hunt area each day (see and muzzle-loader deer hunts and
day period in a campground and must
§ 27.93 of this chapter). spring archery turkey hunts), A6
4. No person will utilize the services occupy the camps daily. We prohibit all
through A9, A11 through A16, and A18
of a guide, guide service, outfitter, club, disturbances, including use of
apply.
organization, or other person who generators, after 10 p.m. You must
3. We close archery deer hunting
provides equipment, services, or unload all weapons (see § 27.42(b) of
during the quota Gun Deer Hunts.
assistance on Refuge System lands for this chapter) within 100 yards (90 m) of 4. We allow muzzleloader deer
compensation. Failure to comply with a campground. hunting during the October State
this provision subjects each hunter in 15. You may take beaver, nutria, feral muzzleloader season for this deer
the party to a fine if convicted of this hog, and coyote during any daytime management zone. The bag limit for the
violation. refuge hunt with weapons and October refuge muzzleloader hunt is one
5. We require a refuge hunt brochure ammunition allowed for that hunt. We buck and one doe.
permit; multiple copies of this permit prohibit the use of dogs. There is no bag 5. The refuge will conduct one 2-day
are available at the refuge office, limit. You may not transport live hogs. quota Gun Deer Hunt (typically in
brochure dispensers at multiple 16. We prohibit blocking of gates and November).
locations throughout the refuge, and at roadways (see § 27.31(h) of this 6. We restrict hunt participants for
area businesses. You must possess and chapter). this quota Gun Deer Hunt to those
carry a signed permit when hunting on 17. We allow the use of retriever dogs. drawn for a quota permit. Hunt dates
the refuge. 18. You must unload and case and application procedures will be
6. We prohibit possession and/or use firearms (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter) available at the refuge office in July. The
of herbicides (see § 27.51 of this transported in any land vehicle, boat permits are nontransferable.
chapter). under power, or on horses. We define 7. The quota Gun Deer Hunt bag limit
7. We prohibit marking trails with ‘‘loaded’’ as shells in the gun or cap on is one buck and one doe.
tape, ribbon, paint, or any other a muzzleloader. 8. You must check all deer taken
substance other than biodegradable B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow during the quota hunt at the refuge deer
materials. hunting of squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, check station on the same day of kill.
8. We prohibit possession or use of opossum, and beaver on designated You must keep carcasses of deer taken
alcoholic beverages while hunting (see areas of the refuge in accordance with intact (you may remove entrails) until
§ 32.2(j)). We prohibit consumption of State regulations subject to the checked.
alcoholic beverages in parking lots, on following conditions: 9. We prohibit horses and mules
roadways, and in plain view in 1. We allow hunting during State during refuge muzzleloader and quota
campgrounds. seasons (see State regulations for deer hunts.
9. All persons born after 1968 must appropriate zone) for the species listed 10. We open spring archery turkey
possess a valid hunter education card in above through January 31. We annually hunting during the State spring turkey
order to hunt. list specific hunting season dates and season for this zone. The State bag limit
10. All youth hunters age 15 and quota Gun Deer Hunt dates in the refuge for this turkey hunt applies. We do not
younger must remain within sight and hunt brochure. We close upland game open for fall archery turkey season.

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11. We close spring archery turkey We prohibit pleasure running or chapter) from the refuge by 1 p.m. each
hunting during scheduled turkey quota training of dogs. day.
permit gun hunts. 6. We allow raccoon hunters to use 5. North Unit waterfowl season and
12. The refuge will conduct one 2- horses/mules but prohibit their use by youth waterfowl hunts are concurrent
day, youth-only (age 15 and younger at other refuge hunters and visitors. with State season dates.
the beginning of the spring turkey 7. We prohibit hunting from or within 6. You may take coot, goose, and
season) quota spring turkey hunt and 50 yards (45 m) of graveled roads and woodcock during the State season.
one 3-day spring quota turkey hunt within 150 yards (135 m) of refuge 7. We restrict the South Unit
(typically in April). Specific hunt dates buildings. waterfowl season to the Jack’s Bay hunt
and application procedures will be C. Big Game Hunting. We allow area as indicated in the general user
available in January. We restrict hunt hunting of big game on designated areas permit. It is open every Tuesday,
participants on these hunts to those of the refuge in accordance with State Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday of the
drawn for a quota permit, except that regulations subject to the following concurrent State season dates.
during the youth hunt, a nonhunting conditions: 8. Waterfowl hunters may and access
adult age 21 or older must accompany 1. Conditions A1 and A4 and B4 the refuge no earlier than 4:30 a.m.
the youth hunter. apply. 9. The following refuge users (age 16
13. We prohibit the use of buckshot * * * * * or older) must sign and possess and
for gun deer hunting. 3. We specify annual season dates, carry a refuge general user permit and
14. You may only use portable deer bag limits, and hunting methods on the a refuge fee permit ($12.00): hunters,
stands erected 2 days before each hunt, annual hunting brochure/permit. anglers, campers, and ATV users.
but you must remove them within 2 * * * * * 10. We prohibit boating December 1
days after each hunt (see § 27.93 of this D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on through January 31 in the South Unit
chapter). designated areas of the refuge in Waterfowl Hunt Area, except during
15. An adult age 21 or older must accordance with State regulations designated waterfowl hunt days
accompany and be within sight and subject to the following conditions: between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m.
normal voice contact of hunters age 15 1. We allow fishing from March 15 11. We prohibit marking trails with
and under. One adult may supervise no through October 31 from 1⁄2 hour before materials other than biodegradable
more than one youth hunter during big legal sunrise to 1⁄2 hour after legal paper flagging or reflective tape/tacks.
game hunts. sunset. 12. We prohibit use and/or possession
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing, 2. We prohibit fishing in Big Creek of alcoholic beverages while hunting
frogging, and the taking of crawfish for and other ditches that flow through the (see § 32.2(j)).
personal use on designated areas of the refuge. 13. We prohibit cutting of holes in or
refuge in accordance with State 3. We prohibit the possession or use other manipulation of vegetation or
regulations subject to the following of live carp, shad, buffalo, or goldfish hunting in such areas (see § 27.51 of this
conditions: for bait. chapter).
1. You must reset trotlines when 4. We prohibit the possession or use 14. We prohibit waterfowl hunting on
exposed by receding water levels. of yo-yos, jugs, or other floating Kansas Lake Area.
2. Conditions A4, A6, A7, A11, A14, containers, drops or limb lines, 15. We prohibit loaded weapons in a
and A16 apply. trotlines, or commercial fishing tackle. vehicle or boat while under power (see
3. We prohibit consumption of 5. We prohibit fishing within 100 § 27.42(b) of this chapter). We define
alcoholic beverages in parking lots, on yards (90 m) of any refuge building. ‘‘loaded’’ as a muzzleloader containing
roadways, and in plain view in 6. We allow bank fishing but you a cap or any type of ignition device,
campgrounds. must park vehicles in designated cartridges, or shells in a magazine, or
parking areas. cartridges or shells in a chamber of a
Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge
7. We prohibit the taking of frogs, weapon.
* * * * * mollusks, and turtles (see § 27.21 of this 16. We allow duck hunting on
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow chapter). specific scattered tracts of land, in
hunting of squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, 8. You must use the public boat ramp accordance with the North Unit
nutria, beaver, coyote, feral hog, and off Highway 77 to launch boats into regulations. Consult the refuge office for
opossum in accordance with State Wapanocca Lake. further information.
regulations subject to the following 9. You must remove all boats daily B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
conditions: from the refuge (see § 27.93 of this hunting of squirrel, rabbit, beaver,
1. Conditions A1, A3, and A4 apply. chapter). We prohibit airboats, personal coyote, raccoon, and opossum on
2. We allow shotguns using approved watercraft, and hovercraft. designated areas of the refuge in
nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) and .22 accordance with State regulations
long-rifle caliber rifles. We prohibit White River National Wildlife Refuge subject to the following conditions:
possession of lead shot and .22 magnum A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 1. Conditions A1, A8, A10, A11, A12,
caliber rifles. allow hunting of duck and coot on and A14 apply.
3. We provide annual season dates for designated areas of the refuge in 2. You may hunt rabbit and squirrel
squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, and opossum accordance with State regulations on the North Unit during the concurrent
hunting on the hunt brochure/permit. subject to the following conditions: State season dates until January 31.
4. You may take nutria, beaver, feral 1. You must sign, possess, and carry 3. We allow dogs for hunting of rabbit
hog, and coyote during any refuge hunt a refuge permit. and squirrel December 1 through
with the firearm allowed for that hunt, 2. We allow duck hunting from legal January 31 on the North Unit.
subject to State seasons on these sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon). 4. You may hunt rabbit and squirrel
species. 3. We allow retriever dogs. on the South Unit from the beginning of
5. We prohibit dogs except for 4. You must remove blinds, blind the concurrent State season through
raccoon hunting where we require them. material, and decoys (see § 27.93 of this November 30.

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5. We prohibit dogs on the South Unit turkey hunting when the White River Highway 1. We open all other refuge
for the purpose of squirrel or rabbit gauge reading at St. Charles reaches 23 waters to sport fishing from March 1
hunting. feet (8.4 m), as reported by the National through November 30 unless posted
6. You may only possess approved Weather Service in the Arkansas otherwise.
nontoxic shot when hunting upland Democrat Gazette, and will reopen these 3. We require a refuge Special Use
game, except turkey (see § 32.2(k)). We lands when the same gauge reading in Permit to fish with any type tackle other
allow the possession of lead shot for this newspaper falls to or below 21 feet than hook and line.
hunting turkey. (6.3 m). 4. We allow frogging on all refuge-
7. We close all upland game hunts 15. We close refuge lands on the owned waters open for sport fishing as
during quota modern gun and quota South Unit to all deer hunting and fall follows: We allow frogging on the South
muzzleloader deer hunts. turkey hunting when the White River Unit from the beginning of the State
8. We allow spring squirrel hunting gauge reading at St. Charles reaches 23 season through November 30; we allow
with the concurrent State spring season feet (8.4 m) and the gauge at Lock and frogging on the North Unit for the entire
dates. Dam # 1 reaches 145 feet (43.5 m) State season.
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow the simultaneously as reported by news 5. We allow the use of bow and arrow
hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey release and will reopen these lands for taking bullfrogs or fish by a refuge
on designated areas of the refuge in when the same gauge reading reaches 21 Special Use Permit.
accordance with State regulations feet (6.3 m) and 143 feet (42.9 m), 6. We allow crawfishing.
subject to the following conditions: respectively, as reported by news 7. We require a Special Use Permit for
1. Conditions A1, A8, A10, A11, A12, all commercial fishing on the refuge in
release.
and A14 apply. 16. We restrict access and refuge use addition to compliance with State
2. Archery deer and turkey seasons on
during quota hunts to quota permit regulations governing commercial
the North Unit will begin with the
holders. We require a quota permit for fishing.
concurrent State archery season and end
all use during quota deer hunts. 8. We allow commercial fishing on
January 31.
3. Archery deer and turkey seasons on 17. We prohibit hunting with the aid the North Unit year-round. We prohibit
the South Unit will begin with the of bait, salt, or ingestible attractant (see commercial turtling on both the North
concurrent State archery season and end § 32.2(h)). and South Units year-round.
18. We prohibit the use of dogs and/ 9. We allow commercial fishing on
November 30.
4. Modern gun quota deer season is or horses other than specified in the the South Unit October 1 through
the first 3 days of the State season for general user permit. November 30 and annually when the
the North and South Units. We require 19. We prohibit all forms of organized White River exceeds 23.5 feet (7 m) at
a quota permit. You may take one deer drives. the St. Charles, Arkansas gauge.
20. We prohibit firearm hunting from 10. We prohibit take or possession of
of either sex.
5. The muzzleloader quota deer or across roadways, levees, and any freshwater mussels, and we do not
season is the first 3 days of the State maintained utility rights-of-way for deer open to mussel shelling.
season for the North and South units. only. 11. You must reset trotlines when
We require a quota permit. You may 21. We prohibit hunting from a tree in receding water levels expose them, and
take one deer of either sex. which a metal object has been driven to you cannot leave them unattended. The
6. We allow modern guns on the support a hunter. ends of trotlines must consist of a length
North Unit as per dates indicated in the 22. We prohibit leaving a hunt stand of cotton line that extends from the
general user brochure. We only allow after a hunt season. points of attachment into the water.
take of one legal buck. 23. We prohibit target practice or any
nonhunting discharge of firearms (see ■ 9. Amend § 32.24 California, by:
7. You may only hunt the North and
§ 27.42 of this chapter). ■ a. Revising paragraphs A. and B. of
South Unit by muzzleloader with a
24. We prohibit modern gun and Colusa National Wildlife Refuge;
quota hunt permit. You may only take
muzzleloader deer hunting on Kansas ■ b. Revising the introductory text of
one deer of either sex. We list the season
Lake Area after October 30. paragraph A., adding paragraphs A.10.
in the refuge hunt brochure/permit.
8. We allow muzzleloader guns on the 25. You may take beaver, nutria, and and A.11., revising the introductory text
North Unit for 6 consecutive days feral hog incidental to any daytime of paragraph B., and adding paragraph
following the 3-day muzzleloader quota refuge hunt with weapons allowed for B.8. of Delevan National Wildlife Refuge;
that hunt. ■ c. Revising the name of San Francisco
hunt.
9. State deer limits apply to archery D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing Bay National Wildlife Refuge to read Don
hunting season except during the refuge and frogging on desigated areas of the Edwards San Francisco Bay National
muzzleloader and modern gun season. refuge in accordance with State Wildlife Refuge and placing it in
10. We close all nonquota hunting regulations subject to the following alphabetical order, and revising Don
during the quota deer hunts. conditions: Edwards San Francisco Bay National
11. We do not open to the bear season 1. Conditions A8 and A10 apply. Wildlife Refuge;
on all refuge-owned lands, including 2. We allow fishing year-round in ■ d. Revising paragraphs A. and D. of
those lands in Trusten Holder Wildlife LaGrue, Essex, Prairie, Scrubgrass and Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge;
Management Area. Brooks Bayous, Big Island Chute, Moon ■ e. Revising paragraph A. of Merced
12. If you harvest deer and turkey on and Belknap Lakes next to Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge;
the refuge, you must immediately record Highway 1, Indian Bay, the Arkansas ■ f. Revising paragraphs A., B., and D. of
the zone 660 on your hunting license Post Canal and adjacent drainage Modoc National Wildlife Refuge;
and later at an official check station. ditches; those borrow ditches located ■ g. Revising the introductory text of
13. We prohibit muzzleloader and adjacent to the west bank of that portion paragraph A., adding paragraphs A.10.
modern gun deer hunting in the Kansas of the White River Levee north of the and A.11., revising the introductory text
Lake Area after October 30 of each year. Arkansas Power and Light Company of paragraph B., and adding paragraph
14. We close refuge lands on the powerline right-of-way; and all refuge- B.8. of Sacramento National Wildlife
North Unit to all deer hunting and fall owned waters located north of Arkansas Refuge;

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■ h. Revising the introductory text of moorhen, and snipe on designated areas Slough and Coyote Creek. You may only
paragraph A., revising paragraph A.1., of the refuge in accordance with State access the ponds by boat. You may land
and adding paragraphs A.4. and A.5. of regulations subject to the following your boat at specific points on the Bay
Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge; conditions: side of the levee as designated by refuge
■ i. Revising the introductory text of * * * * * signs. We prohibit hunting within 300
paragraphs A., revising paragraphs A.1., 10. We only allow overnight stays in feet (90 m) of the Union Pacific Railroad
A.3., A.4., A.5., A.6., adding paragraph vehicles, motor homes, and trailers at track.
A.12, revising the introductory text of the check station parking area. 3. We only allow walk-in hunting at
paragraph B., paragraphs B.1. and B.2., 11. You must restrain dogs on a leash the Ravenswood Unit northwest of the
revising the introductory text of within all designated parking areas (see Dumbarton Bridge. You must only
paragraph D., and revising paragraphs § 26.21(b) of this chapter). access all other areas by boat.
D.1. and D.2. of San Luis National B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 4. At the Ravenswood Unit only, we
Wildlife Refuge; hunting of pheasant only in the free- only allow portable blinds or
■ j. Revising paragraphs A. and B. of San construction of temporary blinds of
roam areas of the refuge in accordance
Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge; and with State regulations subject to the natural materials that readily
■ k. Revising the introductory text of
following conditions: decompose. We prohibit collection of
paragraph A., adding paragraphs A.7. these natural materials from the refuge.
and A.8., revising the introductory text of * * * * *
8. Conditions A10 and A11 apply. You must remove portable blinds (see
paragraph B., and adding paragraph B.7. § 27.93 of this chapter) at the end of
of Sutter National Wildlife Refuge. * * * * *
each day. Temporary blinds become
§ 32.24 California. Don Edwards San Francisco Bay available for general use on a first-come,
* * * * * National Wildlife Refuge first-served basis on subsequent days.
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We We prohibit permanent blinds, pit
Colusa National Wildlife Refuge blinds, or digging into the levees. We
allow hunting of goose, duck, and coot
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We on designated areas of the refuge in prohibit entry into closed areas of the
allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, accordance with State regulations refuge prior to hunting season in order
moorhen, and snipe on designated areas subject to the following conditions: to scout for hunting sites or to build
of the refuge in accordance with State 1. We allow hunting in tidal areas, blinds.
regulations subject to the following including salt marshes, sloughs, 5. You must remove all decoys, boats,
conditions: mudflats, and open waters of the San and other personal property from the
1. You may only possess approved Francisco Bay. Unless posted in the refuge at the end of each day. You must
nontoxic shot while in the field (see field and/or noted below, we allow remove all trash, including shotshell
§ 32.2(k)). hunting by boat in all refuge tidal areas hulls, when leaving hunting areas (see
2. Each hunter may not possess more up to the mean high-water line. We §§ 27.93 and 27.94 of this chapter).
than 25 shells while in the field. close the following tidal areas to 6. Hunters may enter closed areas of
3. Access to the hunt area is by foot the refuge to retrieve downed birds,
hunting and/or shooting:
traffic only. We prohibit bicycles and i. Newark Slough to hunting and provided they leave all weapons in a
other conveyances. shooting from its source to Hetch- legal hunting area. We encourage the
4. We prohibit building or use of retriever dogs. You must keep
Hetchy Aqueduct, a distance of 31⁄2
maintaining fires (see § 27.95 of this your dog(s) under the immediate control
miles (5.6 km);
chapter), except in portable gas stoves. of the handler at all times (see § 26.21(b)
5. You may only enter or exit at ii. Dumbarton Point Marsh to the
Hetch-Hetchy Aqueduct (west side of of this chapter).
designated locations (see § 27.31 of this 7. We prohibit target practice on the
chapter). Newark Slough); and
iii. The headwaters of Mallard Slough refuge or any nonhunting discharge of
6. Vehicles may only stop at
(Artesian Slough) in the vicinity of the firearms (see § 27.42 of this chapter).
designated parking areas (see § 27.31 of
Environmental Education Center to 8. You may only possess approved
this chapter). We prohibit the dropping
hunting, as designated by posted signs. nontoxic shot while in the field (see
of passengers or equipment or stopping
2. We allow hunting in the nine salt § 32.2(k)).
between designated parking areas.
7. We only allow overnight stays in evaporation ponds listed below. These 9. You must keep firearms unloaded
vehicles, motor homes, and trailers at ponds are surrounded by levees and (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter) until you
the check station parking area. were formerly part of the San Francisco are within the designated hunt area.
8. You must restrain dogs on a leash Bay. We have not opened any other B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]
within all designated parking areas (see ponds. You may access the salt ponds C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved]
§ 26.21(b) of this chapter). by pulling your boat across the levee D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow from the Bay. designated areas of the refuge in
hunting of pheasant only in the free- i. Ponds R–1 and R–2 in the accordance with State regulations
roam areas of the refuge in accordance Ravenswood Unit. These ponds are subject to the following conditions:
with State regulations subject to the located on the west side of the 1. We allow fishing from land at the
following conditions: Dumbarton Bridge between Ravenswood Coyote Creek Lagoon in Fremont, the
1. Conditions A1 through A8 apply. Slough and Highway 84. You may Faber-Laumeister Unit in East Palo Alto,
2. Mobility-impaired hunters should access these ponds by foot or bicycle the Dumbarton Fishing Pier, and along
consult with the refuge manager for from either of the two trailheads off the San Francisco Bay shoreline within
allowed conveyances. Highway 84. We prohibit hunting 1⁄2 mile (0.8 km) of the Dumbarton

* * * * * within 300 feet (90 m) of Highway 84. Fishing Pier. We also allow fishing from
ii. Ponds M–1, M–2, M–3, M–4, M–5, boats in the Bay and major slough
Delevan National Wildlife Refuge M–6, and A–19 in the Mowry Slough channels. We close Mallard Slough to
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We Unit. These ponds are located on the boats from March 1 through August 31,
allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, east side of the Bay between Mowry and we close Mowry Slough from March

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15 to June 15. We prohibit fishing in salt meters) of the assigned hunt site except 4. Dogs must remain under the
evaporation ponds or marshes. for placing and retrieving decoys, immediate control of their owners at all
2. We open fishing areas daily (except retrieving downed birds, or traveling to times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter).
we close the Dumbarton Fishing Pier and from the parking area. You must * * * * *
and adjacent shoreline on Thanksgiving, unload firearms (see § 27.42(b) of this
Christmas, and New Year’s Day). We chapter) while transporting them Modoc National Wildlife Refuge
open the Dumbarton Fishing Pier from between the parking lot and designated A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 1 through blind sites. allow hunting of goose, duck, coot,
March 31 and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 1 10. We open the waters of Hookton moorhen, and snipe on designated areas
through October 31. We open Coyote Slough (including Teal Island) and of the refuge in accordance with State
Creek Lagoon and Faber-Laumeister White Slough (including Egret Island) to regulations subject to the following
Unit from legal sunrise to legal sunset. hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, conditions:
3. We prohibit the collection of bait of Wednesdays, Federal holidays, and the 1. On the opening weekend of the
any type from the refuge except from the opening and closing day of the State hunting season, hunters must possess
Dumbarton Fishing Pier, where it is waterfowl hunting season. We have not and carry a refuge permit issued through
legal to collect bait for noncommercial opened the portion of the Hookton random drawing to hunters with
purposes. Slough unit between the dike and advance reservations only.
4. We prohibit the use of balloons to Hookton Road to hunting and firearms. 2. After the opening weekend of the
float hooks and bait farther than hand We have not opened the boat dock on hunting season, we only allow hunting
casting. the Hookton Slough Unit to hunting and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
5. We prohibit personal watercraft firearms and restrict use to Hunters must check-in and out of the
(e.g., Jet Skis, waterbikes) on the refuge. nonmotorized boats only. refuge by using self-service permits.
* * * * * 11. We open the Table Bluff Unit Hunters must completely fill out the
(southwest corner of South Bay) to ‘‘Refuge Hunt Permit’’ portion of the
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge
hunting. permit and deposit it in the drop box
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 12. We open portions of the Eureka prior to hunting. The hunter must
allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, Slough and Jacoby Creek Units to possess and carry the ‘‘Record of Kill’’
common moorhen, and snipe on hunting. We designate the Eureka portion of the permit while on the
designated areas of the refuge in Slough and Jacoby Creek Units as boat refuge and turned in prior to exiting the
accordance with State regulations access only. On the Eureka Slough and hunting area.
subject to the following conditions: Jacoby Creek Units, we prohibit hunting 3. In the designated spaced blind area,
1. We require adults age 18 or older within 100 yards (90 meters) of you must remain within 50 feet (15 m)
to accompany youth hunters age 16 and Highway 101. of the established blind stake for the
under. No more than three youth
* * * * * blind assigned to you.
hunters may accompany one adult
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on 4. We require adults age 18 or older
hunter.
the refuge in accordance with State to accompany youth hunters age 15 and
2. You may only possess approved
regulations subject to the following under.
nontoxic shot while in the field (see
condition: We allow fishing from the 5. You may only possess approved
§ 32.2(k)).
3. We prohibit public access into or designated shoreline trail and dock (for nontoxic shotshells (see § 32.2(k)) in
through closed areas and designate nonmotorized boats only) at the quantities of 25 or less after leaving the
closed areas as nonretrieval zones. Hookton Slough Unit from legal sunrise parking area.
4. You may only use portable blinds to legal sunset, only using pole and line 6. In the free-roam hunting areas, you
in the free-roam hunting areas (i.e., all or rod and reel. may only use portable blinds or blinds
hunt areas except Salmon Creek Unit). * * * * * constructed of vegetation.
5. You must remove all blinds, 7. You must remove all blinds,
Merced National Wildlife Refuge decoys, shell casings, other personal
decoys, shell casings, and other
personal equipment and refuse from the A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We equipment, and refuse from the refuge at
refuge at the end of each day (see allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, and the end of each day (see §§ 27.93 and
§§ 27.93 and 27.94 of this chapter) . moorhen on designated areas of the 27.94 of this chapter).
6. We require hunters to restrain dogs refuge in accordance with State 8. Hunters must enter and exit the
inside vehicles except when using them regulations subject to the following hunting area from the two designated
for authorized hunting purposes (see conditions: hunt parking lots, which we open 11⁄2
§ 26.21(b) of this chapter). 1. You must unload firearms (see hours before legal sunrise and close 1
7. On the Salmon Creek Unit, we § 27.42(b) of this chapter) before hour after legal sunset each hunt day.
allow hunting on Tuesdays and transporting them between parking 9. We only allow access to the hunt
Saturdays (except Federal holidays), areas and blind sites. Unloaded means area by foot, bicycle, and nonmotorized
and hunters must possess and carry a that no ammunition is in the chamber cart. We prohibit bicycles in the hunt
valid daily refuge permit. We issue or magazine of the firearm. area during the opening weekend of the
refuge permits prior to each hunt by 2. You may only possess approved hunting season.
random drawing conducted at the check nontoxic shotshells (see § 32.2(k)) in B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
station 11⁄2 hours before legal shooting quantities of 25 or less per day after hunting of pheasant on designated areas
time. leaving the parking lot. of the refuge in accordance with State
8. On the Salmon Creek Unit, you 3. Each hunter must remain inside his regulations subject to the following
may only possess approved nontoxic or her assigned blind, except for placing conditions:
shotshells (see § 32.2(k)) in quantities of decoys, retrieving downed birds, and 1. We limit hunting to junior hunters
25 or less per day. traveling to and from the parking area. only, age 15 or under, possessing a valid
9. On the Salmon Creek Unit, we We prohibit shooting from outside the State Junior Hunting License and refuge
restrict hunters to within 100 feet (30 blind. Junior Pheasant Hunt Permit.

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2. We require adults age 18 or older 5. We prohibit target practice on the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge
to accompany junior hunters. refuge or any nonhunting discharge of A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
3. You may only possess approved weapons (see § 27.42 of this chapter). allow hunting of goose, duck, and coot
nontoxic shot while in the field (see * * * * * on designated areas of the refuge in
§ 32.2(k)). accordance with State regulations
4. Hunters must enter and exit the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
subject to the following conditions:
hunting area from the two designated A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 1. Unless posted in the field and/or
hunt parking lots. allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, noted below, we only allow hunting in
* * * * * moorhen, and snipe on designated areas the open waters of San Pablo Bay and
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing of the refuge in accordance with State its navigable sloughs. We have not
only on Dorris Reservoir in accordance regulations subject to the following opened the following areas to hunting:
with State regulations subject to the conditions: i. Lower Tubbs Island; ii. Lower
following conditions: 1. You may only use portable blinds, Tubbs Setback;
1. We prohibit fishing from October 1 temporary blinds constructed of natural iii. Cullinan Ranch Unit; and
through January 31. materials, or existing concrete blinds. iv. Within 300 feet (90 m) of Highway
2. We only allow fishing from legal We prohibit cutting or breaking woody 37.
sunrise to legal sunset. vegetation (see § 27.51 of this chapter). 2. You may only hunt from a boat or
3. We only allow walk-in access to * * * * * a floating blind. We prohibit walk-in
Dorris Reservoir from February 1 hunting on the refuge.
3. You must dismantle any temporary 3. You may only possess approved
through March 31. blinds constructed of natural materials
4. We only allow use of boats on nontoxic shotshells (see § 32.2(k)) in
at the end of each day. quantities of 25 or less while in the
Dorris Reservoir from April 1 through
4. You may only hunt snipe within field.
September 30.
the free-roaming portion of the San Luis 4. You must remove all decoys, boats,
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Unit waterfowl hunting area. and other personal property from the
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 5. You may only possess approved refuge at the end of each day (see
allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, nontoxic shotshells (see § 32.2(k)) in § 27.93 of this chapter). Hunters must
moorhen, and snipe on designated areas quantities of 25 or less after leaving your remove all trash, including shotshell
of the refuge in accordance with State assigned parking lot or boat launch. hulls, when leaving hunting areas (see
regulations subject to the following 6. We prohibit dropping of passengers § 27.94 of this chapter).
conditions: or equipment or stopping between 5. We allow temporary floating blinds
designated parking areas. You must on the refuge subject to refuge manager
* * * * *
return your permits to the check stations approval. We allow blind installation
10. We only allow overnight stays in
immediately upon completion of your beginning on October 1, but hunters
vehicles, motor homes, and trailers at
hunt and prior to using any tour routes must remove blinds (see § 27.93 of this
the check station parking area.
11. You must restrain dogs on a leash or leaving the refuge vicinity. chapter) by February 1. Temporary
within all designated parking areas (see * * * * * floating blinds become available for
§ 26.21(b) of this chapter). 12. Dogs must remain under the general use on a first-come, first-served
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow immediate control of their owners at all basis on subsequent days. We prohibit
hunting of pheasant only in the free- times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter). entry to closed areas of the refuge prior
roam areas on the refuge in accordance B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow to the hunting season in order to scout
with State regulations subject to the hunting of pheasants on designated for hunting sites.
following conditions: areas of the refuge in accordance with 6. We only allow dogs engaged in
State regulations subject to the hunting activities on the refuge during
* * * * *
8. Conditions A10 and A11 apply. following conditions: waterfowl season. We prohibit other
1. You may only possess approved domesticated animals or pets. Hunters
* * * * * must keep their dog(s) under their
nontoxic shotshells (see § 32.2(k)) in
Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge quantities of 25 or less while in the immediate control at all times (see
field. § 26.21(b) of this chapter). We prohibit
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
2. Dogs must remain under the training of dogs on the refuge.
allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, and 7. We prohibit digging into levees or
moorhen on a hunt area along the immediate control of their owners at all
times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter). slough channels.
Salinas River on the southeast portion of 8. We prohibit target practice on the
the refuge, as designated by posted * * * * *
refuge or any nonhunting discharge of
signs, in accordance with State D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
firearms (see § 27.42 of this chapter).
regulations subject to the following designated areas of the refuge in 9. We allow foot access through the
conditions: accordance with State regulations refuge to the State’s Tolay Creek Unit for
1. You may only possess approved subject to the following conditions: waterfowl hunting. You must unload
nontoxic shotshells while on the refuge 1. We only allow fishing from legal and either break down or case all
(see § 32.2(k)) in quantities of 25 or less. sunrise to legal sunset, except on that shotguns (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter)
* * * * * portion of the San Joaquin River’s south while in transit through the refuge.
4. We only allow dogs engaged in (left descending) bank within the West B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
hunting activities on the refuge during Bear Creek Unit designated as open for hunting of pheasant only in areas of the
the waterfowl season. Hunters must fishing 24 hours per day. Tolay Creek Unit designated by posted
keep their dog(s) under their immediate 2. We only allow the use of pole and signs in accordance with State
control at all times (see § 26.21(b) of this line or rod and reel to take gamefish, regulations subject to the following
chapter). We prohibit training of dogs and anglers must attend their equipment conditions:
on the refuge. We prohibit other at all times. 1. You may only hunt on
domesticated animals or pets. * * * * * Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

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2. You may only possess approved 26.27.130. We have not opened to D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
nontoxic shotshells (see § 32.2(k)) in hunting from the perimeter canal or designated areas of the refuge in
quantities of 25 or less while in the levee and those areas posted as closed. accordance with State regulations
field. 3. The refuge open waterfowl season subject to the following conditions:
3. You may only access the Tolay is concurrent with the State season. The 1. We only allow fishing from legal
Creek Unit by foot or bicycle. refuge does not participate in any early sunrise to legal sunset.
4. We only allow dogs engaged in experimental seasons. Hunters may only 2. Special black bass regulations are
hunting activities on the refuge during take duck and coot. in effect within the boundaries of the
pheasant season. We prohibit other 4. We do not open to hunting on refuge. The daily creel limit is five black
domesticated animals or pets. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Christmas Day. bass per person, per day, where only
* * * * * 5. Refuge hunting hours are from 1⁄2
one bass may be over 14 inches (35 cm)
hour before legal sunset to 1 p.m.
Sutter National Wildlife Refuge in length.
Hunters may enter the refuge no earlier
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We than 5 a.m. and must be off the refuge 3. We allow fishing south of a line of
allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, by 3 p.m. latitude of 26.27.130 and in the rim
moorhen, and snipe on designated areas 6. Hunters must only enter and leave canal in the rest of the refuge. We
of the refuge in accordance with State the refuge at the Headquarters Area prohibit fishing in Management
regulations subject to the following (Boynton Beach) and the Hillsboro Area Compartments A, B, and C, and those
conditions: (Boca Raton) (see § 27.31 of this areas posted as closed to fishing or the
chapter). public.
* * * * *
7. We only allow overnight stays in 7. Hunters must unload and case or 4. We only allow the use of rods and
vehicles, motor homes, and trailers at dismantle firearms (see § 27.42(b) of this reels and poles and lines, and anglers
the check station parking area. chapter) when outside of hunting area must attend them at all times.
8. You must restrain dogs on a leash and when en route to or from the 5. We prohibit commercial fishing
within all designated parking areas (see hunting area. Hunters may only use no and the taking of frogs, turtles, and other
§ 26.21(b) of this chapter). greater than .10 gauge shotguns. We wildlife (see § 27.21 of this chapter).
B. Upland Game Hunting. We only prohibit all other firearms or weapons 6. We prohibit the possession or use
allow hunting of pheasant in the free- (see §§ 27.42 and 27.43 of this chapter). of cast nets, seines, trot lines, jugs, gigs,
roam areas of the refuge in accordance 8. We only allow temporary blinds of and other fishing devices.
with State regulations subject to the native vegetation. We prohibit the 7. Anglers may only launch boats at
following conditions: taking, removing, or destroying of refuge the Headquarters Area (Boynton Beach),
* * * * * vegetation (see § 27.51 of this chapter). the Hillsboro Area (Boca Raton), and 20
7. Conditions A7 and A8 apply. 9. Hunters must remove decoys and Mile Bend (West Palm Beach).
other personal property (see § 27.93 of
* * * * * 8. We only allow boats equipped with
this chapter) from the hunting area each
■ 10. Amend § 32.28 Florida by: day. outboards or electric motors and
■ a. Revising Arthur R. Marshall 10. We encourage the use of dogs to nonmotorized boats. We prohibit
Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge; retrieve dead or wounded waterfowl. airboats, Hovercraft, personal watercraft
■ b. Revising Cedar Keys National (Go Devils, Jet Skis, jet boats, and Wave
Dogs must remain under the immediate
Wildlife Refuge; control of the owner at all times (see Runners). We recommend that all boats
■ c. Revising Hobe Sound National operating within the hunt area fly a 12
§ 26.21(b) of this chapter). We prohibit
Wildlife Refuge; inch by 12 inch (30 cm x 30 cm) orange
■ d. Revising paragraphs B., C., and D. of
pets at all other times.
11. A hunter must complete a daily flag, 10 feet (3 m) above the vessel’s
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife waterline.
bag report card and place it in an
Refuge; 9. We prohibit motorized vehicles of
■ e. Revising paragraphs A. and D. of
entrance fee canister each day.
12. All youth hunters age 15 and any type on the levees and undesignated
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge; routes (see § 27.31 of this chapter).
■ f. Revising St. Marks National Wildlife
younger must remain within sight and
Refuge; normal voice contact of an adult age 21 10. For emergencies or to report
■ g. Revising paragraphs C. and D. of St. or older, possessing a license. Youth violations, contact law enforcement
Vincent National Wildlife Refuge; and hunters must have completed a hunter personnel at 561–936–4100. Law
■ h. Revising Ten Thousand Islands education course. enforcement officers monitor VHF
National Wildlife Refuge to read as 13. We only allow boats equipped Channel 16.
follows: with outboards or electric motors and
nonmotorized boats. We prohibit Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
§ 32.28 Florida. airboats, Hovercraft, and personal A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
* * * * * watercraft (Go Devils, Jet Skis, jet boats, [Reserved]
and Wave Runners). We recommend all B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee boats operating within the hunt area fly
National Wildlife Refuge C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved]
a 12 inch by 12 inch (30 cm x 30 cm)
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We orange flag, 10 feet (3 m) above the D. Sport Fishing. You may fish in salt
allow hunting of duck and coot on vessel’s waterline. water year-round in accordance with
designated areas of the refuge in 14. We prohibit motorized vehicles of State regulations subject to the
accordance with State regulations any type on the levees and undesignated following condition: We will close a 300
subject to the following conditions: routes (see § 27.31 of this chapter). foot (90 m) buffer zone beginning at
1. You must possess and carry a 15. For emergencies or to report mean high tide line and extending into
signed refuge waterfowl hunt permit violations, contact law enforcement the waters around Seahorse Key to all
while hunting. personnel at 561–936–4100. public entry from March 1 through June
2. We allow hunting in the interior of B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved] 30.
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Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge sight of and in normal voice contact of this chapter), in accordance with State
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. the youth hunter age 15 and under. muzzleloader regulations, during the
[Reserved] Parents or adult guardians are refuge muzzleloader season.
B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved] responsible for ensuring that youth 7. We prohibit hunting from a tree in
C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved] hunters do not engage in conduct that which a metal object has been driven.
would constitute a violation of the 8. You may leave temporary tree
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
refuge regulations. An adult can stands on the refuge starting on the last
designated areas of the refuge in
supervise no more than two youth weekend of August, but you must
accordance with State regulations
hunters. remove them by the last day of the
subject to the following conditions:
1. We only allow fishing from legal 10. We prohibit all commercial general gun-hunting season (see § 27.93
sunrise to legal sunset. activities, including guiding or of this chapter).
participating in a guided hunt. 9. All hunters (including all persons
2. We allow salt water fishing along
11. We prohibit target practice or any accompanying hunters) must wear a
the Atlantic Ocean and Indian River
nonhunting discharge of firearms (see minimum of 500 square inches (3,250
Lagoon year-round in accordance with
§ 27.42 of this chapter). cm2) of fluorescent orange visible above
State regulations.
12. We prohibit marking any tree or the waistline while hunting during all
3. We prohibit commercial fishing
other refuge feature with flagging, litter, refuge deer gun hunts.
and the taking of frogs, turtles, and other
paint, or blaze. 10. We prohibit the use of organized
wildlife (see § 27.21 of this chapter).
13. We allow marking trails with drives for taking or attempting to take
4. We prohibit motorized vehicles of
reflective markers, but you must remove game.
any type on the fire roads, undesignated 11. The refuge general gun season
routes, and areas posted as closed (see the markers (see §§ 27.93 and 27.94 of
this chapter) at the end of the refuge begins on the opening Saturday of the
§ 27.31 of this chapter). Florida State Central Management Zone
5. For emergencies or to report deer-hunting season.
14. Hunters utilizing the refuge are General Gun season and ends on the
violations, contact law enforcement
subject to inspection of licenses, following Friday. It reopens on the
personnel at 561–936–4100. Law
permits, hunting equipment, bag limits, Monday after the refuge limited deer
enforcement officers monitor VHF
vehicles, and their contents, during season and ends on the following
Channel 16.
compliance checks by refuge or State Sunday. The refuge general gun season
* * * * * law enforcement officers. lasts 14 days.
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife 15. Hunters must be at their vehicles 12. The refuge limited either-sex deer
Refuge by 1 hour after legal shooting time. hunt is on the second Saturday and
16. The refuge upland game hunting Sunday of the State Central
* * * * * season opens on the Monday after the Management Zone General Gun season.
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow Florida State Central Management Zone This coincides with the opening of the
hunting of gray squirrel, armadillo, general gun (antlered deer and wild hog) State’s either-sex hunt, deer-hunting
opossum, rabbit, raccoon, coyote, and season closes, and it ends on February season.
beaver on designated areas of the refuge 28. 13. The youth limited Gun Deer Hunt
in accordance with State regulations 17. You may only possess .22 caliber is the Saturday and Sunday following
subject to the following conditions: rimfire (but not .22 magnum caliber) the close of the refuge general gun
1. We require hunters to possess and firearms (see § 27.42 of this chapter) or season.
carry signed refuge hunt permits for all shotguns with shot no larger than #4 14. During the limited youth hunt, an
hunts. common. adult age 21 or older must accompany
2. We designate open and closed 18. We allow night hunting in the youth hunter but only the youth
refuge hunting areas on the map in the accordance with State regulations for hunter may hunt and handle the
refuge hunt permit that the hunter must raccoon and opossum on Friday and firearm.
possess and carry. Saturday nights from legal sunset until 15. We confine the limited youth hunt
3. You must park vehicles in a legal sunrise during the month of to the Levy County portion of the refuge,
manner that does not block roads or February. and hunters must access the refuge from
gates (see § 27.31(h) of this chapter). C. Big Game Hunting. We allow Levy County Road 347.
4. We prohibit the use of ATVs (see hunting of big game on designated areas 16. We allow hunting of deer (except
§ 27.31(f) of this chapter). of the refuge in accordance with State spotted fawns), feral hog (no size or bag
5. We prohibit horses. regulations subject to the following limit), gray squirrel, rabbit, armadillo,
6. We prohibit possession of a loaded conditions. opossum, raccoon, beaver, and coyote
firearm or bow and arrow (see § 27.42(b) 1. Conditions B1 through B15 apply. during the archery season.
of this chapter) while on a refuge road 2. We prohibit use of hunting and 17. Hunters may take deer with one or
right-of-way designated for motorized tracking dogs. more antlers at least 5 inches (12.5 cm)
vehicle travel or in any vehicle or boat. 3. We require quota hunt permits in length visible above the hairline and
We define ‘‘loaded’’ as shells in the (issued through a random draw) for the feral hog (no bag or size limit) during
chamber or magazine or percussion cap limited deer gun hunt and limited youth the muzzleloader and general-gun
on a muzzleloader, or arrow notched in Gun Deer Hunt. They cost the season.
a bow. participants selected $12.50. 18. Hunters may take one legal deer
7. We prohibit hunting from refuge 4. Quota hunt permits are of either sex and hog (no size or bag
roads open to public vehicle travel. nontransferable. limit) during the limited deer gun hunt
8. We prohibit construction of 5. Hunters may only use archery and limited youth Gun Deer Hunt.
permanent blinds or stands. equipment, in accordance with State 19. We prohibit all other public entry
9. In addition to State hunter archery regulations, during the refuge or use of the hunting area during the
education requirements, an adult archery season. limited gun and youth deer hunts.
(parent or guardian) age 21 or older 6. Hunters may only use During the limited gun hunt, the Dixie
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public vehicles, but we prohibit Playalinda Beach Road, or Scrub Ridge 2. You must remove blinds daily (see
firearms except for permit holders. Trail (see § 27.31 of this chapter). § 27.93 of this chapter).
20. Hunters must check all game 10. We prohibit construction of 3. Hunters may access the hunt area
harvested during the limited deer gun permanent blinds (see § 27.92 of this by boat.
hunt and limited youth Gun Deer Hunt chapter) or digging into dikes. 4. We allow retriever dogs to recover
at a refuge check station. 11. We prohibit hunting or shooting game.
21. You may only take turkey during from any portion of a dike, road, or B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
the State spring turkey hunting season. railroad grade. hunting of grey squirrel, rabbit, raccoon,
22. You may only take bearded 12. We prohibit hunting within 150 and feral hog in accordance with State
turkeys during the spring turkey hunt. yards (135 m) of SR 402 or SR 406. regulations subject to the following
23. Shooting hours for spring turkey * * * * * conditions:
begin 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise and D. Sport Fishing. We allow you to 1. We require refuge permits for
end at 1 p.m. fish, crab, clam, oyster, or shrimp in hunting upland game. Permits are
24. We only allow shotguns with shot designated areas of the refuge in available at no cost from the refuge
no larger than size 2 common shot or accordance with State regulations office. Each hunter must possess and
bows for spring turkey hunting. subject to the following conditions: carry a signed permit while
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in 1. You must possess and carry a participating in a hunt.
accordance with State regulations current, signed refuge permit at all times 2. Hunters must wear 500 square
subject to the following conditions: while on the refuge. inches (3,250 cm2) of fluorescent orange
1. Anglers may only take game and 2. We allow fishing at night in the above the waistline.
nongame fish with pole and line or rod waters of Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River 3. You may use .22 caliber rim-fired
and reel. Lagoon, Banana River, and Haulover rifles, shotguns with nontoxic shot (see
2. We prohibit take of frogs and turtles Canal. § 32.2(k)), or muzzleloaders. You may
(see § 27.21 of this chapter). 3. We allow launching boats at night use shotgun slugs, buckshot, or archery
3. We prohibit leaving boats on the from the following refuge boat ramps: equipment to take feral hogs. We
refuge overnight (see § 27.93 of this Bairs Cove, Beacon 42, and Bio Lab. prohibit the use or possession of other
chapter). 4. We prohibit crabbing or fishing weapons. You must unload all firearms
4. We prohibit consumption of from Black Point Wildlife Drive or any for transport in vehicles (uncap
alcoholic beverages or possession of side road connected to Black Point muzzleloaders) (see § 27.42 of this
open alcohol containers in the public Wildlife Drive except L Pond Road. chapter).
use areas of Shired Island boat launch/ 5. We prohibit launching boats, 4. We prohibit dogs in the hunt area.
fishing and parking lot area and the canoes, or kayaks from Black Point 5. There is no limit on the size or
Shell Mound fishing/recreational area. Wildlife Drive or any side road number of feral hogs that hunters may
connected to Black Point Wildlife Drive take.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
except L Pond Road. 6. We allow hunting on designated
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 6. Anglers and crabbers must attend areas of the refuge. Contact the refuge
allow hunting of duck and coot in their lines. office for specific dates.
accordance with State regulations 7. We prohibit harvesting or 7. We prohibit hunting from any
subject to the following conditions: possession of horseshoe crabs. named or numbered road.
1. You must possess and carry a 8. We prohibit use of personal 8. We prohibit cleaning of game
current signed refuge permit at all times watercraft, air thrust boats, and within 1,000 feet (300 m) of any
while hunting on the refuge. hovercraft. developed public recreation area, game
2. You must purchase and possess 9. Vessels must not exceed idle speed check station, or gate.
and carry a quota permit if you are in Bairs Cove and KARS Marina or slow 9. The refuge is only open to daylight
hunting in areas 1 or 4 from the speed/minimum wake in Haulover use.
beginning of the regular season through Canal. 10. You must check out all game
December 31. 10. We prohibit motorized vessels in taken at a game check station.
3. You may hunt Wednesdays, the Banana River within the posted C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
Saturdays, Sundays and the following ‘‘No-Motor Zone,’’ including any vessel hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog,
holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and having an attached motor or a and bearded turkey in accordance with
New Year’s Day within the State nonattached motor capable of use State regulations subject to the
waterfowl season. (including electric trolling motor). following conditions:
4. You may hunt in four designated 11. We prohibit anglers entering the 1. We require refuge permits, issued
areas of the refuge as delineated in the restricted areas of the Kennedy Space by lottery. Lottery applications are
refuge hunting regulations map. Hunters Center. available at the refuge office each year
may not enter the restricted areas of the * * * * * beginning in July. There is a fee for
Kennedy Space Center. permits. Permits are nontransferable.
5. You may hunt from 1⁄2 hour before St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge There is an additional fee for duplicate
legal sunrise until 1 p.m. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We permits. Each hunter must possess and
6. You may enter no earlier than 4 allow hunting of duck and coot on carry a signed permit when
a.m. for the purpose of hunting. designated areas of the refuge in participating in a hunt.
7. We require all hunters to accordance with State regulations 2. Conditions B4, B5, B8, and B10
successfully complete a State-approved subject to the following conditions: apply.
hunter education course. 1. We require refuge permits for 3. We prohibit hunting from any
8. We require an adult, age 18 or hunting the Piney Island unit. Permits named or numbered road (with the
older, to supervise hunters under the are available at no cost from the refuge exception of persons hunting in the
age 18. office. Each hunter must possess and mobility impaired hunt).
9. We prohibit accessing a hunt area carry a signed hunt permit when using 4. You may access the refuge hunt
from Black Point Wildlife Drive, the hunt area. areas by vehicle for prehunt scouting 2

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days prior to the hunt for which you are dismantle or case weapons (see § 27.42 16–18 and January 6–8. Hunters may
drawn. We prohibit weapons in the of this chapter) after 1:00 p.m. check-in and set up camp sites and
hunt area during the prehunt scouting D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on stands on November 17, December 15,
(see § 27.42 of this chapter). designated areas of the refuge in and January 5. Hunters must leave the
5. There is a two-deer limit per hunter accordance with State regulations island and remove all equipment by 11
as specified in C8 and C9 below. The subject to the following conditions: a.m. on November 21, December 19, and
limit for bearded turkey is one per day 1. We prohibit taking blue crabs from January 9 (see § 27.93 of this chapter).
and two per hunt. There is no limit on impoundments or canals on the St. 3. Hunters must check-in at the check
feral hogs. Marks Unit. stations on the island. We restrict entry
6. We prohibit the use of deer decoys. 2. We only allow fishing in refuge onto St. Vincent Island to the Indian
7. We prohibit the use of flagging, lakes, ponds, and impoundments from Pass and West Pass campsites. We
paint, or blazes. legal sunrise to legal sunset. restrict entry during the sambar deer
8. There are two fall archery hunts: 3. We allow fishing in tidal and hunt to the West Pass Campsite. All
hunters may harvest either sex deer, coastal waters 24 hours per day year- access to hunt areas will be on foot or
bearded turkey, or feral hogs during the round. by bicycle from these areas.
fall archery hunts. There will be a fall 4. We prohibit use of boats with 4. We close to public entry all areas
archery hunt on the Panacea and motors over 10 hp on any refuge lake, marked with eagle nesting area,
Wakulla Units. We prohibit other pond, or impoundment. shorebird closed area, or area closed
weapons in the hunt area (see § 27.43 of 5. We allow use of boats on signs.
this chapter). Contact the refuge office impoundments on the St. Marks Unit 5. Hunt hours are 1⁄2 hour before legal
for specific dates. from March 15 through October 15 each sunrise until 3 p.m. for the sambar deer
9. There is a winter archery/ year. hunt. All other hunt times will be in
muzzleloader hunt. Hunters may 6. We prohibit taking of frogs or accordance with Florida Wildlife
harvest doe deer, antlerless deer, turtles (see § 27.21 of this chapter). Commission regulations.
7. We prohibit use of cast nets, traps, 6. We restrict camping and fires (see
bearded turkey, or feral hogs. We define
or dip nets to take fish from any lake, § 27.95 of this chapter) to the two
‘‘antlerless deer’’ as deer with antlers
pond, or impoundment on the refuge. designated camping areas. We may
less than 1 inch above the hairline. We
8. You must attend all fishing
will give each hunter that harvests a doe restrict or ban fires during dry periods.
equipment.
deer a permit to harvest an antlered 7. Hunters may set up camp after
9. We prohibit bow fishing on refuge
deer. Archery equipment and receiving their hunting permit. We
lakes, ponds, and impoundments.
muzzleloaders must meet the 10. The interior ponds and lakes on allow camping beginning on the first
requirements set by the State. We the Panacea Unit are open year-round day of the hunt period, and campers
prohibit other weapons in the hunt area for bank fishing. We open vehicle access must remove all personal equipment
(see § 27.43 of this chapter). Contact the to these areas from March 15 through (see § 27.93 of this chapter) from St.
refuge office for specific dates. May 15 each year. Ponds and lakes that Vincent Island by 11 a.m. on Sunday of
10. There are two modern gun hunts. you can access from County Road 372 the hunt period.
Modern guns must meet State are open year-round for fishing and 8. You may only set up tree stands
requirements. We will hold one hunt on boating. after you check-in, and you must
the Panacea Unit and one on the 11. We prohibit commercial boats, air- remove them from the island at the end
Wakulla Unit. Hunters may harvest doe thrust boats, and personal watercraft to of the hunt (see § 27.93 of this chapter).
deer or antlerless deer. See definition launch at the saltwater boat ramp on the 9. You may only retrieve game from
for ‘‘antlerless deer’’ in C9 above. We St. Marks Unit. the closed areas if accompanied by a
will give each hunter that harvests a doe 12. We prohibit air-thrust boats or refuge officer.
deer a permit to harvest an antlered personal watercraft to launch from 10. All youth hunters age 15 and
deer. You may also harvest one bearded Wakulla Beach. younger must remain within sight and
turkey or feral hogs (no limit). Contact 13. All fish must remain in a whole normal voice contact of an adult age 21
the refuge office for specific dates. condition when being transported from or older, possessing a license. Each
11. There is one mobility-impaired the refuge. adult may only supervise one youth
hunt on the Panacea Unit in the area hunter.
west of Country Road 372. Hunters may St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge 11. We will issue permits for the
harvest doe deer, antlerless deer, * * * * * white-tailed deer December and January
bearded turkey, or feral hogs. See C. Big Game Hunting. We allow hunts beginning at legal sunrise on the
definition for ‘‘antlerless deer’’ in C9 hunting of white-tailed deer, sambar first day of the hunt period. You must
above. We will issue permits to those deer, raccoon, and feral hog on obtain permits at the check station prior
hunters that harvest a doe deer to designated areas of the refuge in to accessing the hunt area.
harvest an antlered deer. Hunters may accordance with State regulations 12. We issue permits for the sambar
have an able-bodied hunter accompany subject to the following conditions: deer hunt by computer drawing. You
them. You can transfer permits issued to 1. We require refuge permits. The may obtain applications after May 15
able-bodied assistants. We limit those permits are nontransferable and must be from the refuge office (P.O. Box 447,
hunt teams to two deer per hunt. possessed and carried while hunting. Apalachicola, FL 32329).
Contact the refuge office for specific Only signed permits are valid. We only 13. Primitive weapons hunters
dates. allow people with a signed refuge hunt (sambar deer and January white-tailed
12. There is one spring gobbler hunt. permit on the island during the hunt deer hunt), when outside the campsite
You may harvest one bearded turkey per periods. area, must wear a minimum of 500
day (with a limit of two turkey per 2. We restrict hunting to three hunt square inches (3,250 cm2) of a solid,
hunt). You may only use shotguns to periods: sambar deer, raccoon, and feral unbroken pattern of fluorescent orange-
harvest turkey. Contact the refuge office hog—November 18–20; and white-tailed colored material visible above the
for specific dates. You must unload and deer, raccoon, and feral hog—December waistline.

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14. We limit weapons to D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on 9. You may only take duck and coot
muzzleloaders or bow and arrow on the designated areas of the refuge in with a shotgun (no larger than a 10
sambar deer hunt and the January accordance with State regulations gauge). We prohibit possession of
white-tailed deer hunt. We limit the subject to the following conditions: handguns and long guns. We prohibit
December hunt to bow and arrow. 1. You may fish from legal sunrise to target practice on the refuge (see § 27.42
Weapons must meet all State legal sunset. of this chapter).
regulations. 2. We allow boats with electric 10. We prohibit air-thrust boats,
15. We allow only stand, still, and motors. You must remove all other hovercraft, personal watercraft, and off-
stalk hunting. We prohibit man drives. motors from the boats and secure them road vehicles at all times. We limit
16. We prohibit the use of flagging to a designated motor rack with a lock vessels to a maximum of a 25 hp
material and/or bright eyes. We prohibit and chain. outboard motor. We allow go-devil type
defacing of plants or trees (see § 27.51 3. We prohibit the use of live minnow motors.
of this chapter). as bait. 11. We require all guides to purchase,
17. We prohibit target practice on the 4. We allow fishing on Lakes 1 and 2 possess, and carry a refuge Special Use
refuge (see § 27.42 of this chapter). You and Oyster Pond from April 1 through Permit.
may discharge muzzleloaders at the September 30. 12. We allow and recommend use of
designated discharge area between 5 5. We allow fishing in Lakes 3, 4, and dogs for waterfowl retrieval. Dogs must
a.m. and 9 p.m. 5 from May 15 through September 30. remain under the immediate control of
18. Nonmovement stand hours for all 6. We prohibit leaving boats and their handlers at all times (see § 26.21(b)
hunts will be from legal morning fishing gear on the refuge overnight (see of this chapter). We allow dogs during
shooting time until 9 a.m. § 27.93 of this chapter). prehunt scouting.
7. We prohibit commercial fishing or 13. We allow youth hunt days in
19. We prohibit discharging of
the taking of frog or turtle (see § 27.21 accordance with State regulations.
weapons (including cap firing) in
of this chapter). Hunters under age 16 may hunt only
campgrounds (see § 27.42 of this 8. We only allow the use of rods and
chapter). with a nonhunting adult age 18 or older.
reels or poles and lines. You must Youth hunters must remain within sight
20. Weapons must have the caps
attend your fishing equipment at all and sound of the nonhunting adult.
removed from muzzleloaders and
times. B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]
arrows quivered before and after legal 9. You may only take fish species and
shooting hours. C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved]
fish limits authorized by State D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing
21. Hunters must check out at the regulations.
check station prior to leaving the refuge and crabbing on the refuge in
at the end of their hunt. A refuge staff Ten Thousand Islands National accordance with State regulations
member or volunteer must check the Wildlife Refuge subject to the following conditions:
campsites before the hunters leave the 1. We prohibit air-thrust boats,
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We hovercraft, personal watercraft, and off-
refuge. allow hunting of duck and coot in
22. We prohibit motorized equipment, road vehicles in the freshwater and
accordance with State regulations brackish marsh area south of U.S. 41.
generators, or land vehicles (except subject to the following conditions:
bicycles). We limit vessels to a maximum of a 25
1. We allow hunting daily during the
23. Refuge personnel must check and hp outboard motor. We allow go-devil-
early wood duck/teal season.
tag game harvested before the hunter 2. We allow only hunting on type motors.
leaves the island. 2. We allow fishing in the freshwater
Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays,
24. We prohibit littering (see § 27.94 and brackish marsh area of the refuge
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New
of this chapter) and cutting of live trees year-round from legal sunrise to legal
Year’s Day within the regular State
(see § 27.51 of this chapter). Only dead sunset. You may fish the tidal and
season.
and downed wood may be cut. 3. You must possess and carry a valid, barrier island area of the refuge year-
25. Bag limits: signed refuge hunt permit (free) at all round 24 hours a day.
i. Sambar deer hunt—two sambar 3. We only allow crabbing and crab
times while hunting on the refuge.
deer, no limit on feral hog or raccoon. 4. We allow only hunting in the areas pots for recreational use in the
ii. Archery hunt—one white-tailed posted and shown on the refuge hunt freshwater and brackish marsh area of
deer of either sex (no spotted fawns or brochure. the refuge. You may only use crab pots
spike bucks), no limits on feral hogs or 5. We post entry points with signs in accordance with State regulations.
raccoons. numbered 1, 2, and 3 along the south Abandoned or unchecked crab pots after
iii. Primitive weapons hunt—one side of U.S. 41. Hunters may enter the 72 hours are subject to impoundment.
white-tailed deer buck having one or refuge at 4 a.m. and shooting hours start 4. We prohibit commercial fishing
more forked antlers at least 5 inches 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise. You must and the taking of snake and frog in the
(12.5 cm) in length visible above the remove all decoys, guns, blinds, and freshwater and brackish marsh area of
hairline with points greater than 1 inch other related equipment (see § 27.93 of the refuge.
(12.5 cm) in length; we issue a limited 5. We prohibit the use of trotlines,
this chapter) by 1 p.m. daily.
number of either-sex permits. If you 6. We prohibit hunting within 100 gigs, spears, bush hooks, snatch hooks,
have an either sex permit, the bag limit yards (90 m) of the south edge of U.S. crossbows, or bows and arrows of any
is one deer that may be antlerless or a 41 and the area signed around the small type in the freshwater and brackish
buck legal antler configuration. There is access road extending south from U.S. marsh area of the refuge.
no limit on feral hog or raccoon. 41. ■ 11. Amend § 32.29 Georgia, by:
26. We prohibit bringing live game 7. We prohibit pit blinds and ■ a. Revising Banks Lake National
into the check station. permanent blinds (see § 27.92 of this Wildlife Refuge;
27. Hunters must observe quiet time chapter). ■ b. Revising paragraph C. of Blackbeard
in the campground between 9 p.m. and 8. We allow and recommend prehunt Island National Wildlife Refuge;
5 a.m. We prohibit loud or boisterous scouting from legal sunrise to legal ■ c. Revising Bond Swamp National
behavior or activity. sunset. Wildlife Refuge;

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■ d. Revising paragraph C. of Harris Neck 8. You must confine fires (see § 27.95 9. We prohibit entry into the
National Wildlife Refuge; of this chapter) to the camping area. designated hunt area by nonhunters
■ e. Revising Okefenokee National 9. We prohibit flagging, blazing, or during the hunts.
Wildlife Refuge; trail-marking devices to locate stands or 10. We prohibit hunting or possession
■ f. Revising Piedmont National Wildlife for any other purpose. of weapons in public use or other areas
Refuge; 10. We only allow bows. We prohibit posted ‘‘No Hunting Zone’’ or ‘‘Area
■ g. Revising paragraphs A., B., and C. of crossbows or firearms (see §§ 27.42 and Closed’’ or designated as no hunting
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge; and 27.43 of this chapter). areas on the hunt brochure map (see
■ h. Revising paragraph C. of Wassaw 11. We prohibit the use of organized §§ 27.42 and 27.43 of this chapter).
National Wildlife Refuge to read as drives for taking or attempting to take 11. We require you to bring any deer
follows: deer. or hog you harvest to the refuge check
12. You may take five deer of either station the day you kill it and before you
§ 32.29 Georgia. sex and State bonus tags will be issued leave the refuge.
* * * * * for two of these. There is no bag limit 12. We prohibit possession of field-
Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge on feral hog. dressed deer or hogs unless you have
13. Refuge personnel must check deer checked them at the refuge check
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. harvested during the scheduled hunt station.
[Reserved] before hunters may remove them from 13. We prohibit possession of
B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved] the refuge. alcoholic beverages while on the refuge.
C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved] 14. Hunters must be on their stands 14. We prohibit target practice or any
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on from 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise until nonhunting discharge of firearms (see
designated areas of the refuge in 9 a.m. and from 2 hours before legal § 27.42 of this chapter).
accordance with State regulations sunset until legal sunset. 15. We require each firearms hunter to
subject to the following condition: We 15. We prohibit target practice except wear at least 500 square inches (3,250
only allow the use of pole and line or in designated areas (see § 27.42 of this cm2) of hunter orange as an outer
rod and reel. For more information, chapter). garment above the waist.
contact the Okefenokee National 16. Hunters must be off the island by 16. We prohibit walking or
Wildlife Refuge at 912–496–7836. 12 p.m. (noon) on Sunday. trespassing on the railroad tracks to
Blackbeard Island National Wildlife 17. We close the refuge to the access the refuge.
Refuge nonhunting public 1 day prior to and 1 17. We prohibit removal of live hog
day after the hunt period, as well as on from the refuge.
* * * * * hunt days. 18. We prohibit the use of dogs.
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow 19. We allow the use of ATVs on
* * * * *
hunting of white-tailed deer and feral refuge roads to retrieve game (see
hog on designated areas of the refuge in Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge § 27.31 of this chapter), but you must
accordance with State regulations A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. obtain permission from refuge staff
subject to the following conditions: [Reserved] before using the ATV.
1. Hunters must possess and carry B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved] 20. We allow limited nonmotorized
signed refuge permits on their persons C. Big Game Hunting. We allow portable boat access at the Stone Creek
at all times. You may obtain information hunting for white-tailed deer and feral parking area.
on permits and the hunt at the refuge hog on designated areas of the refuge in 21. We prohibit the use of organized
headquarters in Savannah, Georgia. accordance with State regulations drives for taking or attempting to take
2. Hunters must check-in no more subject to the following conditions: game.
than 1 day in advance of the opening 1. We coordinate hunting seasons and D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
day of each hunt. We prohibit check-in limits with the State and annually list designated areas of the refuge in
after legal sunset of the second hunt them in the refuge hunting brochure. accordance with State regulations
day. 2. We require you to possess and carry subject to the following conditions:
3. Each hunter may place one stand a signed refuge hunt permit while 1. We allow fishing from March 15 to
on the refuge no earlier than 1 month archery hunting. You may obtain this October 15, except on the Ocmulgee
prior to the opening day of each hunt permit from the refuge office. River, which is open to fishing year-
but must remove the stand (see § 27.93 3. We require a refuge hunt permit round.
of this chapter) by the end of each hunt. and payment of a fee for the quota 2. We only allow access to the refuge
4. Hunters must check-in at the refuge firearms hunts. You may obtain and fishing from legal sunrise to legal
dock prior to setting up camp. We applications and information about the sunset.
require personal identification at check- hunt drawing from the refuge office. 3. We only allow fishing with pole
in. 4. We require you to sign in once and line or rod and reel.
5. We confine hunters to the camping prior to each hunt at the refuge check 4. We prohibit boats on all refuge
area until 12 p.m. (noon) of the first day station. waters, except the Ocmulgee River,
of check-in; we will allow scouting from 5. We allow access to the hunt area where we allow boats.
12 p.m. (noon) until 5 p.m. from 1 hour before legal sunrise to 1 5. We prohibit leaving boats or other
6. Within the refuge, you may only hour after legal sunset. We prohibit personal equipment on the refuge
travel by foot or bicycle, except in the overnight camping and/or parking. overnight (see § 27.93 of this chapter).
wilderness area where we allow only 6. We prohibit buckshot. 6. The minimum size limit for
foot travel. We limit entry and exit 7. We prohibit flagging, blazing, largemouth bass is 14 inches (490 cm).
points to the designated check stations painting, or any other trail-marking * * * * *
or other specified areas. We prohibit devices.
hunters to leave by boat to reach other 8. We prohibit hunting within 50 Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
parts of the island. yards (45 m) of a road open to vehicle * * * * *
7. You may only camp at the travel or within 200 yards (180 m) of a C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
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hog on designated areas of the refuge in 16. We prohibit the use of organized D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
accordance with State regulations drives for taking or attempting to take designated areas of the refuge in
subject to the following conditions: game. accordance with State regulations
1. Hunters must possess and carry a 17. We will close the refuge to the subject to the following conditions:
signed refuge permit on their person at nonhunting public on all hunt days. 1. We allow motorized boats with
all times. We require payment of a fee * * * * * motors 10 hp or less.
for the quota gun hunt only. You may 2. We prohibit possession of live bait
obtain information on permits, quota Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge fish.
hunt applications, and quota hunt A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. 3. We only allow the use of pole and
drawings at the refuge headquarters in [Reserved] line or rod and reel.
Savannah, Georgia. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 4. In the Suwannee Canal unit:
2. Each hunter may place one stand the hunting of rabbit, squirrel, bobwhite i. We prohibit fishing in the boat
on the refuge during the week (Monday quail, and turkey on the Cowhouse Unit basin.
through Friday only) preceding each of the refuge. The season will be ii. We prohibit fishing in ponds and
hunt, but you must remove stands by consistent with the adjacent Dixon canals along the Swamp Island Drive.
the end of each hunt (see § 27.93 of this Memorial Wildlife Management Area iii. We reserve the porch and canal
chapter). and in accordance with State hunting area behind the visitor center for youth
3. Hunters must be on their stands regulations subject to the following age 15 and under and physically
from 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise until conditions: disabled.
9 a.m. and from 2 hours before legal 1. We only allow foot and bicycle 5. Condition B3 applies.
sunset until legal sunset. traffic on the refuge portion of Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
4. We prohibit use of flagging, blazing, Cowhouse Island.
2. We only allow dogs to locate, point, A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
or trail-marking devices to locate stands
and retrieve during quail hunts. [Reserved]
or for any other purpose.
3. For more information, contact the B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
5. We prohibit hunting closer than hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit,
100 yards (90 m) to State Highway 131, refuge at 912–496–7836.
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow raccoon, and opossum on designated
the refuge entrance drive, refuge areas of the refuge in accordance with
headquarters, Barbour River Landing, hunting of turkey only on the Cowhouse
Island Unit of the refuge. We allow State regulations subject to the
Barbour River Road, or Gould’s following conditions:
Cemetery. hunting of white-tailed deer and feral
hog at the Suwannee Canal Recreation 1. We prohibit upland game hunting
6. We require personal identification during refuge deer or turkey hunts.
at check-in. Area, the Pocket Unit, and Cowhouse
Island Unit in accordance with State 2. We coordinate hunting seasons for
7. To hunt during the morning stand raccoon and opossum with the State and
hours, bow hunters must enter the regulations subject to the following
conditions: annually list them in the refuge hunt
refuge through the refuge entrance gate brochure.
only, between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. We will 1. In the Pocket Unit:
i. We only allow archery hunting and 3. You must possess and carry a
allow hunters to exit and re-enter signed refuge hunt permit while
through the entrance gate only, from 9 foot traffic.
ii. You must sign-in and out. hunting. You may obtain the permit
a.m. until 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. we from the refuge office.
iii. You must remove tree stands daily
prohibit entry to the refuge. 4. We require a refuge hunt permit to
(see § 27.93 of this chapter).
8. During the archery hunt, we will hunt on the Hitchiti Experimental
iv. We prohibit dogs.
restrict vehicles to the auto tour route Forest in accordance with refuge
2. In the Suwannee Canal Unit:
(see § 27.31 of this chapter) and allow i. We only allow two 1⁄2–day hunts hunting seasons and regulations.
two-way traffic. (dates will be announced) and shotguns 5. We prohibit hunting or possessing
9. During the archery hunt, we only with slugs or muzzleloaders. weapons in areas posted ‘‘No Hunting
allow bows. ii. We require a refuge permit through Zone’’ or ‘‘Area Closed’’ or designated
10. We require gun hunters to check- refuge lottery, which interested parties as no hunting areas on the hunt
in at the refuge headquarters between 4 should enter before August 31 (fee will brochure map (see §§ 27.42 and 27.43 of
a.m. and 5 a.m. and park in designated be announced). this chapter).
areas prior to hunting. We prohibit entry iii. Hunters must remain on stands 6. The refuge is a day-use-only area,
by boat. from 30 minutes before legal sunrise with the exception of legal hunting
11. You may take three deer of either until 9 a.m. activities.
sex (State bonus deer tags will be issued iv. You must sign-in and sign out. 7. We allow access to the hunt area for
for two of these). There is no bag limit v. You must tag your deer with quail, squirrel, and rabbit hunting from
on feral hog. special refuge tags. There is a limit of 1 hour before legal sunrise to 1 hour
12. During the gun hunt, you must two deer of either sex. after legal sunset. We prohibit overnight
only use shotguns with slugs 20 gauge vi. We only zone Chesser Island Hunt camping and/or parking.
or larger. area to accommodate wheelchair 8. We allow hunting for raccoon and
13. We prohibit target practice or any hunters. opossum from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on the
nonhunting discharge of firearms (see vii. Conditions B3, C1iii, and C1iv days listed as open in the refuge hunt
§ 27.42 of this chapter). apply. brochure.
14. Gun hunters must wear an outer viii. We prohibit dogs. 9. We only allow .22 caliber rimfire
garment with a minimum of 500 square 3. In the Cowhouse Island Unit: firearms for raccoon and opossum.
inches (3,250 cm2) of hunter-orange i. Dixon Memorial Wildlife 10. You may use dogs on designated
material above the waistline. Management Area rules, regulations, areas of the refuge in accordance with
15. Refuge personnel must check deer dates, and times apply. State regulations.
harvested during refuge hunts before ii. Conditions B1, B3, C1iii, and C1iv 11. You must keep your dogs confined
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you must remove your dogs upon your 16. We prohibit dogs for hunting big hunting on the refuge. Permits and hunt
departure from the refuge (see § 26.21(b) game. information are available at the refuge
of this chapter). 17. We prohibit the use of organized headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow drives for taking or attempting to take 2. We only allow .22 caliber rimfire
hunting for white-tailed deer, turkey, game. rifles or shotguns with #2 shot or
and feral hog on designated areas of the D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on smaller for squirrel hunting.
refuge in accordance with State designated areas of the refuge in 3. We prohibit handguns.
regulations subject to the following accordance with State regulations 4. We prohibit the use of dogs.
conditions: subject to the following conditions: 5. You may take feral hog with
1. Conditions B4, B5, and B6 apply. 1. We allow fishing from May 1 to weapons legal for this hunt (no bag
2. We coordinate hunting seasons and September 30. limit).
limits with the State and annually list 2. We only allow access to the refuge 6. We require a refuge big game
them in the refuge hunting brochure. and fishing from legal sunrise to legal license.
3. We require you to possess and carry sunset. 7. We require hunters to wear an outer
a signed refuge permit while archery 3. You may keep the following garment that contains a minimum of 500
hunting. You may obtain this permit numbers of fish each day: bass—5; square inches (3,250 cm2) of hunter-
from the refuge office. channel catfish—5; sunfish or bream— orange material above the waistline
4. We require a refuge hunt permit 15; all other species—State limit. (except during the archery-only deer
and payment of a fee for the quota 4. We only allow nonmotorized boats hunt, the turkey hunt, and the
firearms hunts. You may obtain and boats with electric motors in Pond waterfowl hunt).
applications and information about the 2A and Allison Lake. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
hunt drawing from the refuge office. 5. We limit fishing in Pond 21A to hunting of white-tailed deer, turkey, and
5. We have a special deer hunt for youths age 15 and under. feral hog on designated areas of the
disabled hunters confined to 6. We only allow fishing with pole refuge in accordance with State
wheelchairs. You may obtain and line or rod and reel.
regulations subject to the following
information about this hunt from the 7. We prohibit leaving boats or other
conditions:
refuge office. personal equipment on the refuge
1. You must possess and carry a
6. We prohibit entry into designated overnight (see § 27.93 of this chapter).
8. We prohibit the use of fish for bait. signed refuge permit at all times while
hunt area by nonhunters during the hunting on the refuge. We require a fee
hunts. 9. We prohibit placing or throwing in
the water feeds, grains, or other for the wheelchair-dependent hunters’
7. We allow access to the hunting area
materials to chum or attract fish. quota gun hunt for deer. Permits, quota
from 1 hour before legal sunrise to 1
10. You must immediately release any hunt applications, and information
hour after legal sunset. We prohibit
grass carp you catch. We are using these about the quota hunt drawing are
overnight camping and/or parking
fish to help combat an exotic weed available at the refuge headquarters in
except in the designated campground at
invasion in some ponds. Savannah, Georgia.
Pippins Lake. You must have a refuge
2. We allow archery hunting for deer
hunting permit to enter and use the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and hog from October 1 through 31 on
campground.
8. We prohibit buckshot. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We designated areas (consult the refuge
9. We only allow alcoholic beverages allow hunting of duck and coot on brochure for the areas).
in the designated campground. designated areas north of Georgia 3. We only allow bows for deer and
10. We prohibit flagging, blazing, Highway 25 of the refuge in accordance hog hunting during the archery hunt.
painting, or any other trail-marking with State regulations subject to the 4. We allow gun hunting for deer and
devices. following conditions: hog from November 1 through 30 on
11. We prohibit hunting within 50 1. You must possess and carry a designated areas of the refuge. We also
yards (45 m) of a road open to vehicle signed refuge permit at all times while allow hog (only) hunting during a
travel or within 200 yards (180 m) of a hunting on the refuge. We only require special 9-day hunt in March.
building. a fee for the quota youth waterfowl hunt 5. We only allow shotguns with slugs,
12. You must bring any deer, turkey, on the Solomon Tract. Permits and muzzleloaders, and bows for deer and
or hog you harvest to the refuge check quota hunt drawing information are hog hunting throuhgout the designated
station intact, except entrails, the day available at the refuge headquarters in hunt area. However, we only centerfire
you kill them and before you leave the Savannah, Georgia. rifles of .22 caliber or larger north of
refuge. We prohibit possession of 2. We only allow temporary blinds. Interstate Highway 95. We prohibit
dressed deer, turkey, or hog unless you You must remove decoys and other handguns.
have checked them at the refuge check personal property from the refuge daily 6. You may take five deer, no more
station. (see § 27.93 of this chapter). than three anterless and two antlered.
13. We prohibit ATVs on the refuge 3. We prohibit hunting within 100 There is no bag limit on feral hog.
except by disabled hunters with a refuge yards (90 m) of Georgia Highway 25; or 7. Doe days for refuge lands in
Special Use Permit. in or on Middle and Steamboat Rivers Georgia will only coincide with doe
14. We prohibit target practice on the and Houstown Cut, or closer than 50 days set by the Georgia Department of
refuge, including the shooting of yards (45 m) of the shoreline of these Natural Resources for Effingham
firearms or bows in the designated waterways. County.
campground, or any nonhunting B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 8. Condition B7 applies.
discharge of firearms (see § 27.42 of this hunting of squirrel November 1 through 9. We allow turkey hunting during a
chapter). November 30 on designated areas of the special 16-day turkey hunt in April.
15. We prohibit audio equipment refuge in accordance with State Turkey hunters may only harvest three
such as radios or other noise-making regulations subject to the following gobblers.
devices such as generators after 10 p.m. conditions: 10. We only allow shotguns with #2
or before 6 a.m. in the campground (see 1. You must possess and carry a shot or smaller and bows for turkey
§ 27.72 of this chapter). signed refuge permit at all times while hunting in accordance with State

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regulations. We prohibit possession of 15. Hunters may check-in at the 2. We prohibit use and possession of
slugs or buckshot during turkey hunts. refuge dock no more than 1 day in lead weights or sinkers.
* * * * * advance of the opening day of the hunt.
Camas National Wildlife Refuge
We will confine hunters to the camping
Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge area until 12 p.m. (noon) of the first day A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
* * * * * of check-in; we will allow scouting from allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, and
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow 12 p.m. (noon) until 5 p.m. snipe on designated areas of the refuge
hunting of white-tailed deer and feral 16. Hunters must be off the island the in accordance with State regulations
hog on designated areas of the refuge in day following the last day of the hunt. subject to the following conditions:
accordance with State regulations 17. Within the refuge, you may only 1. We prohibit public entry onto the
subject to the following conditions: walk or use a bicycle. We prohibit refuge prior to 1 hour before legal
1. Hunters must carry a signed refuge hunters to leave by boat to reach other hunting hours.
permit on their person at all times. We parts of the island. 2. You may only use portable blinds
18. We will close the refuge to the or construct temporary blinds of natural
only require payment of a fee for the
nonhunting public 1 day prior to, and vegetation. Blinds will be available for
quota gun hunt for deer. You may obtain
1 day after, the hunt period as well as general use on a first-come, first-served
information on permits, quota hunt
on the hunt days. basis. You must remove portable blinds
applications, and quota hunt drawings
at the refuge headquarters in Savannah, * * * * * (see § 27.93 of this chapter) at the end
Georgia. of each day.
■ 12. Amend § 32.31 Idaho by: 3. You may only transport firearms
2. We prohibit flagging, blazing, or ■ a. Revising paragraphs A., B., and D. of (see § 27.42 of this chapter) on the
trail-marking devices to locate stands or Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge; hunter access roads.
for any other purpose. ■ b. Revising paragraphs A. and B. of
4. You must remove all personal
3. We prohibit the use of organized Camas National Wildlife Refuge; property (see § 27.93 of this chapter),
drives for taking or attempting to take ■ c. Revising paragraph A. of Grays Lake
including decoys, from the refuge at the
game. National Wildlife Refuge; and end of each day.
4. Refuge personnel must check deer ■ d. Revising paragraphs A., B., and D.
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
harvested during scheduled hunts of Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge to
hunting of pheasant, grouse, and
before hunters leave the refuge. read as follows:
partridge on designated areas of the
5. You may take five deer of either sex § 32.31 Idaho. refuge in accordance with State
(State bonus tags issued for two of regulations subject to the following
these). There is no bag limit on feral * * * * *
conditions:
hog. Bear Lake National Wildlife Refuge 1. You may only possess approved
6. Hunters must be on their stands A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We nontoxic shotshells while in the field
from 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise until allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, and (see § 32.2(k)).
9 a.m. and from 2 hours before legal snipe on designated areas of the refuge 2. You may only transport firearms
sunset until legal sunset. in accordance with State regulations (see § 27.42 of this chapter) on the
7. We prohibit target practice or any subject to the following conditions: hunter access roads.
nonhunting discharge of firearms (see 1. We prohibit air-thrust boats. * * * * *
§ 27.42 of this chapter). 2. We allow nonmotorized and
8. We allow bows and muzzleloading motorized boats after September 20 Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge
rifles during the primitive weapons within the designated hunting area. We A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
hunt. prohibit air-thrust boats. allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, and
9. We allow shotguns, 20 gauge or 3. You may only use portable blinds snipe on designated areas of the refuge
larger (slugs only), centerfire rifles of .22 or construct temporary blinds of natural in accordance with State regulations
caliber or larger, bows, and primitive vegetation. Blinds will be available for subject to the following conditions:
weapons during the gun hunt. general use on a first-come, first-served 1. We only allow nonmotorized boats.
10. We prohibit mooring boats to the basis. You must remove portable blinds 2. You may only use portable blinds
government dock except for loading or from the refuge at the end of each day or construct temporary blinds of natural
unloading purposes. (see § 27.93 of this chapter). vegetation. Blinds will be available for
11. Hunters must check-in at the 4. You must remove all personal general use on a first-come, first-served
refuge dock prior to setting up camp. property, including decoys and boats, basis. You must remove portable blinds
We require personal identification at (see § 27.93 of this chapter) from the (see § 27.93 of this chapter) at the end
check-in. refuge at the end of each day. of each day.
12. We only allow camping at the B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 3. We only allow hunters and dogs to
designated camping area. You must hunting of pheasant, grouse, partridge, retrieve game in designated hunting
confine fires (see § 27.95 of this chapter) and cottontail rabbit on designated areas areas.
to the camping area. of the refuge in accordance with State 4. You must remove all personal
13. Each hunter may place one stand regulations subject to the following property, including decoys and boats,
on the refuge no earlier than 1 month condition: You may only possess (see § 27.93 of this chapter) from the
prior to the opening day of each hunt, approved nontoxic shotshells while in refuge at the end of each day.
but you must remove all stands by the the field (see § 32.2(k)). * * * * *
end of each hunt (see § 27.93 of this * * * * *
chapter). D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge
14. We require hunters to wear an designated areas of the refuge in A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
outer garment that contains a minimum accordance with State regulations allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, and
of 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of subject to the following conditions: snipe on designated areas of the refuge
hunter-orange material above the 1. We prohibit boats in the fishing in accordance with State regulations
waistline. area. subject to the following conditions:

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1. We only allow hunters and dogs to ■ e. Revising Port Louisa National v. Hunters must exit the Reserve by 2
retrieve game in designated hunting Wildlife Refuge; p.m.
areas. ■ f. Revising Two Rivers National vi. We prohibit entry to the Reserve
2. You may only use portable blinds Wildlife Refuge; and prior to 4:30 a.m.
or construct temporary blinds of dead ■ g. Revising paragraph A.1., adding vii. We prohibit hunting during the
natural vegetation. Blinds will be paragraphs A.6., A.7., revising special snow goose seasons after closure
available for general use on a first-come, paragraphs B.1., adding paragraph B.6., of the regular goose seasons.
first-served basis. You must remove revising paragraph C.1., and adding viii. We prohibit construction or use
portable blinds (see § 27.93 of this paragraph D.3. of Upper Mississippi of pit blinds (see § 27.92 of this chapter).
chapter) at the end of each day. We River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge ix. We prohibit hunting within 100
prohibit use of rock piles above the to read as follows: yards (90 m) of any private property
high-water mark for blind construction. boundary.
§ 32.32 Illinois.
We prohibit pit blinds (see § 27.92 of x. All hunting parties must be at least
this chapter). * * * * * 200 yards (180 m) apart.
3. We only allow vehicle parking in Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge xi. All hunters must sign in and out
designated parking lots. and report daily harvest at the hunter
4. On West Hunting Area (Lake A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. registration station.
Walcott), we allow hunting on the * * * B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
uplands and over water within 100 * * * * * hunting of squirrel, rabbit, bobwhite
yards (90 m) of the shoreline. We only 4. Hunters must remove boats, decoys, quail, raccoon, opossum, red fox, grey
allow use of boats for retrieval of game. and portable blinds (see § 27.93 of this fox, and coyote on designated areas of
5. On East Hunting Area (Tule Island), chapter) at the end of each day. the refuge in accordance with State
we allow boats during the waterfowl * * * * * regulations subject to the following
hunting season. conditions:
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge
1. Conditions A1, A2, and A3 apply.
hunting of pheasant, grouse, partridge, A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 2. We prohibit hunting after legal
and cottontail rabbit on designated areas allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, sunset, except we only allow raccoon
of the refuge in accordance with State woodcock, dove, and snipe on and opossum hunting after legal sunset
regulations subject to the following designated areas of the refuge in on refuge lands north of Perks Road.
condition: You may only possess accordance with State regulations C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
approved nontoxic shotshells while in subject to the following conditions: hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey
the field (see § 32.2(k)). 1. We require hunters to possess and on designated areas of the refuge in
* * * * * carry a free refuge hunting permit while accordance with State regulations
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on hunting on the refuge. subject to the following conditions:
the refuge in accordance with State 2. We prohibit leaving boats on the 1. Conditions A1, A2, A3, and A5
regulations and subject to the following refuge overnight (see § 27.93 of this apply.
conditions: chapter). D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
1. We allow bank fishing year-round. 3. We prohibit outboard motors larger designated areas of the refuge in
We only allow vehicle access (see than 10 hp. accordance with State regulations
§ 27.31 of this chapter) to shoreline 3. We prohibit the use of paint, subject to the following conditions:
fishing areas on designated routes. flagging, reflectors, tacks, or other 1. Condition A2 applies.
2. We allow ice fishing in accordance manmade materials to mark trails or 2. We prohibit the use of trotlines,
with State regulations. We prohibit hunting locations. jogs, yo-yos, nets, or any commercial
motor vehicles (see § 27.31 of this 4. Dove hunting: fishing equipment except in areas where
i. We allow dove hunting beginning State regulation authorizes commercial
chapter) on the ice.
3. We restrict boat fishing to on September 1 and continuing on the tackle.
designated areas as specified below: following Mondays, Wednesdays, and 3. We prohibit the use of more than
i. On Lake Walcott, we allow boats Saturdays throughout the State season. two poles per angler and more than two
from April 1 through September 30 ii. We only allow all dove hunting hooks or lures per pole.
within the area marked by buoys and from field borders. 4. We prohibit possession of bass less
iii. We prohibit dove hunting within
posted signs. than 15 inches (37.5 cm) in length from
ii. On Gifford Springs, we allow boats 100 yards (90 m) of roadways.
refuge ponds.
iv. We prohibit hunters from
within the area marked by posted signs 5. We prohibit possession of more
possessing guns while retrieving
during the open sport fishing season. than six channel catfish from refuge
iii. On Smith Springs, we allow boats downed doves from field interiors.
5. We only allow the use of portable ponds.
within the area marked by posted signs * * * * *
or temporary blinds. Hunters must
during the open sport fishing season.
4. We allow use of float tubes at all remove all blinds and decoys (see Great River National Wildlife Refuge
times and locations except south of the § 27.93 of this chapter) from the refuge
at the end of each day. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
southern buoy line on Lake Walcott. allow hunting of waterfowl and coot on
6. On the Bellrose Waterfowl Reserve:
■ 13. Amend § 32.32 Illinois by: i. We prohibit duck hunting. the Long Island Division of the refuge in
■ a. Adding paragraph A.4. of ii. You may only hunt goose following accordance with State regulations
Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge; the closure of the State duck hunting subject to the following condition: We
■ b. Revising Cypress Creek National season. only allow hunting from blinds
Wildlife Refuge; iii. We only allow goose hunting on constructed on sites posted by the
■ c. Revising Great River National Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Illinois Department of Natural
Wildlife Refuge; Sundays. Resources.
■ d. Revising Middle Mississippi River iv. We allow hunting from 1⁄2 hour B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
National Wildlife Refuge; before legal sunrise until 1 p.m. hunting of small game, furbearers,

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turkey, and game birds on Long Island regulations subject to the following shot to hunt turkey. We allow shotgun
Division and Fox Island of the refuge in conditions: slug or muzzleloading rifle for hunting
accordance with State regulations 1. We only allow portable blinds. coyotes.
subject to the following conditions: 2. Hunters must remove blinds, 2. We only allow squirrel hunting on
1. You may only possess approved decoys, and other equipment (see the Keithsburg Division from the
nontoxic shot while hunting for upland § 27.93 of this chapter) from the refuge beginning of the State season to
game except turkey (see § 32.2(k)). We at the end of each day. September 15.
allow possession of lead shot for B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 3. We allow hunting on the Horseshoe
hunting turkey. hunting of small game, furbearers, Bend Division from September 1 until
2. We only open Long Island Division turkey, and nonmigratory game birds on September 14 and from December 1
and Fox Island Division for upland the Meissner, Harlow, and Wilkinson until February 28. We allow spring
game hunting from 1⁄2 hour before legal Island Divisions in accordance with turkey hunting.
sunrise until 1⁄2 hour after legal sunset. State regulations subject to the 4. We allow hunting on the Big
3. We only allow turkey hunting on following conditions: Timber Division from September 1 until
the Fox Island Division during the State 1. We only allow hunting of February 28. We allow spring turkey
spring seasons, including youth season. furbearers from legal sunrise to legal hunting.
We do not open to fall turkey hunting. sunset. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
4. We close Fox Island Division to all 2. You may only possess approved hunting of white-tailed deer only on Big
hunting and nonhunting entry from nontoxic shot while hunting upland Timber and Horseshoe Bend Divisions
October 16 through December 31, except game, except turkey (see § 32.2(k)). in accordance with State regulations
the Division is open to deer hunting as C. Big Game Hunting. We allow subject to the following conditions:
described below in C2. hunting of white-tailed deer on the 1. We only allow the use of portable
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow Harlow, Meissner, and Wilkinson Island stands, and hunters must remove them
hunting of white-tailed deer on Divisions in accordance with State at the end of each day (see § 27.93 of
designated portions of the refuge in regulations subject to the following this chapter).
accordance with State regulations conditions: 2. We close Horseshoe Bend Division
subject to the following conditions: 1. We only allow archery hunting on to all public access from September 15
1. We only allow the use of portable the Harlow and Meissner Divisions. until December 1.
stands, and hunters must remove them 2. We only allow the use of portable D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in
from the refuge at the end of each day stands, and hunters must remove them accordance with State regulations
(see § 27.93 of this chapter). from the refuge at the end of each day subject to the following conditions:
2. On the Fox Island Division, we (see § 27.93 of this chapter). 1. We prohibit the taking of turtle or
only allow hunting during the D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on frog (see § 27.21 of this chapter).
the Harlow and Wilkinson Island 2. We only allow fishing from legal
‘‘Antlerless-Only’’ portion of the State
Divisions in accordance with State sunrise to legal sunset.
firearms deer season.
regulations subject to the following 3. We close the following Divisions to
3. On the Delair Division, we only
conditions: all public access: Louisa Division—
allow muzzleloader hunting subject to
1. We prohibit the taking of turtle and September 14 until February 1;
the following conditions:
frog (see § 27.21 of this chapter). Horseshoe Bend Division—September
i. You must possess and carry a refuge
2. We only allow fishing from legal 14 until December 1; Keithsburg
permit.
sunrise to legal sunset. Division—September 15 until January 1.
ii. We require hunters to check-in and 3. Anglers must remove all fishing 4. Anglers must remove boats and all
out of the refuge each day. devices (see § 27.93 of this chapter) at other fishing devices (see § 27.93 of this
iii. We require hunters to record all the end of each day’s fishing. chapter) at the end of each day’s fishing.
harvested deer with refuge staff before 5. We only allow motor boats on
removing them from the refuge. Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge
Horseshoe Bend Division for fishing
iv. Shooting hours end at 3 p.m. each A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We during the periods when flood water
day. allow hunting of migratory game birds enables access from the river over the
v. Hunters must park all vehicles only on the Big Timber Division in levee.
in designated parking areas. accordance with State regulations
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on subject to the following conditions: Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
the Long Island and Fox Island 1. Hunters must remove boats, decoys, A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
Divisions of the refuge in accordance and portable blinds (see § 27.93 of this allow hunting of migratory game birds
with State regulations subject to the chapter) at the end of each day. only on the Apple Creek Division in
following conditions: 2. We allow portable blinds on a daily accordance with State regulations
1. We prohibit the taking of turtle and basis at any location on first-come, first- subject to the following conditions:
frog (see § 27.21 of this chapter). served basis. 1. We only allow portable blinds.
2. On the Fox Island Division, we 3. We prohibit hunting on the Louisa, 2. Hunters must remove boats, decoys,
only allow bank fishing along any Horseshoe Bend, and Keithsburg and portable blinds (see § 27.93 of this
portion of the Fox River from January 1 Divisions. chapter) at the end of each day.
through October 15. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
* * * * * hunting of upland game only on Big upland game hunting only on the Apple
Timber, Keithsburg, and Horseshoe Creek Division and the portion of the
Middle Mississippi River National Bend Divisions in accordance with State Calhoun Division east of the Illinois
Wildlife Refuge regulations subject to the following River Road in accordance with State
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We conditions: regulations subject to the following
allow hunting of migratory game birds 1. You may only possess approved conditions:
on the Meissner and Wilkinson Island nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) while 1. You may only possess approved
Division in accordance with State hunting upland game. You may use lead nontoxic shot while hunting, except

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turkey (see § 32.2(k)). We allow occupied by 1 hour before legal sunrise paragraph C.1., C.2., and C.5., adding
possession of lead shot for turkey are available on a first-come, first-served paragraphs C.6., C.7., and C.8., and
hunting. basis. revising paragraph D. of Muscatatuck
2. We allow hunting from legal i. Iowa: Hunters may hunt from the National Wildlife Refuge; and
sunrise to legal sunset. shoreline or wade. You may build ■ c. Revising Patoka River National
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow permanent blinds anytime during the Wildlife Refuge and Management Area to
hunting of white-tailed deer on the year anywhere within the pools on the read as follows:
Apple Creek Division and the portion of Iowa side.
the Calhoun Division east of the Illinois § 32.33 Indiana.
ii. Illinois (excluding Potter’s Marsh
River Road in accordance with State Management Zone): Hunters may select * * * * *
regulations subject to the following permanent blind sites with a blind site Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge
condition: We only allow the use of marker beginning at 8 a.m. on the first
portable stands, and hunters must Saturday in August. We prohibit * * * * *
remove them at the end of each day (see occupying, improving, building a blind, B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
§ 27.93 of this chapter). or placing building materials on the site hunting of squirrel in accordance with
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on or in the adjacent area prior to this time. State regulations subject to the
the refuge in accordance with State The blind site marker must include the following condition: We require a refuge
regulations subject to the following name, address, date, time and telephone permit.
conditions: number of person(s) selecting the site. * * * * *
1. We prohibit the taking of turtle or Hunters must completely build and
frog (see § 27.21 of this chapter). Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
camouflage the blind by September 1 or
2. We only allow fishing from legal must remove the site selection marker * * * * *
sunrise to legal sunset. (see § 27.93 of this chapter). All blinds B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
3. From October 15 through December hunting of quail, rabbit and turkey on
must be a minimum of 4 by 8 feet (120
31, we close the Batchtown, Calhoun, designated areas of the refuge in
by 240 cm) in size and at least 200 yards
Gilbert Lake, and Portage Island accordance with State regulations
(180 m) from each other. Scull boat and
Divisions, and the portion of the subject to the following conditions:
boat blinds must be at least 200 yards
Calhoun Division north and west of the 1. We prohibit discharge of firearms
(180 m) from permanent blinds. Only
Illinois River Road to all public access. (see § 27.42 of this chapter) within 100
4. Anglers must remove boats and all during the early teal or goose season do
we allow hunters to hunt by standing or yards (90 m) of an occupied dwelling.
other fishing devices (see § 27.93 of this 2. We only allow hunting from legal
chapter) at the end of each day. wading in the water.
7. We allow the use of hunting dogs, sunrise to legal sunset.
5. We only allow boats on the Gilbert 3. We prohibit hunting from the
Lake Division for fishing during those provided the dogs remain under the
beginning of the second State
periods when flood water enables access immediate control of the hunter at all
muzzleloader deer season through the
from the river over the levee. times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter).
end of the year.
B. Upland Game Hunting. * * *
Upper Mississippi River National 4. You must possess and carry a
1. In areas posted ‘‘No Hunting Zone,’’
Wildlife and Fish Refuge refuge permit for turkey hunting.
we prohibit possession of firearms at all 5. We only allow turkey hunting on
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. times (see § 27.42 of this chapter). In weekdays from 1⁄2 hour before legal
* * * addition to areas posted ‘‘No Hunting sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon).
1. In areas posted ‘‘Area Closed’’ or Zone,’’ we prohibit hunting within 50 C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
‘‘No Hunting Zone,’’ we prohibit yards (45 m) of the Great River Trail at hunting of white-tailed deer on
hunting of migratory game birds at all Thomson Prairie, within 150 yards (135 designated areas of the refuge in
times. In addition to areas posted ‘‘No m) of the Great River Trail at Mesquaki accordance with State regulations
Hunting Zone,’’ we prohibit hunting Lake. subject to the following conditions:
within 50 yards (45 m) of the Great * * * * * 1. You must possess and carry a
River Trail at Thomson Prairie, within 6. We allow the use of hunting dogs refuge permit during the second State
150 yards (135 m) of the Great River provided the dogs remain under the muzzleloader season. We allow archery
Trail at Mesquaki Lake, and within 400 immediate control of the hunter at all hunting following the second
yards (360 m) of the Potter’s Marsh area times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter). muzzleloader season.
in Pool 13. C. Big Game Hunting. * * * 2. We only allow bow and arrow and
* * * * * 1. Condition B1 applies. muzzleloaders, except that hunters with
6. For Pools 12, 13, and 14, we allow * * * * * a State handicapped hunting license
the following: hunting from boat blinds D. Sport Fishing. * * * may use crossbows.
or scull boats; construction of * * * * * * * * * *
permanent blinds from dimensional 3. For the purpose of determining 5. Refuge hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
lumber (however, we prohibit use of length limits, slot limits, and daily creel during the deer hunts.
nonbiodegradable materials such as limits, the impounded areas of Spring 6. Hunters may only take one deer per
metal, plastic, or fiberglass); and use of Lake, Duckfoot Marsh, and Pleasant day from the refuge.
willow, cattail, bulrush, lotus, Creek in Pool 13 are part of the 7. Refuge personnel must check deer
arrowhead vegetation, and dead wood Mississippi River site-specific State harvested during scheduled hunts
on the ground for blind building and regulations. before hunters leave the refuge.
camouflage. We prohibit cutting or 8. We prohibit entry into the
removing any other trees or vegetation ■ 14. Amend § 32.33 Indiana by: designated hunt area by nonhunters
(see § 27.51 of this chapter). Hunters ■ a. Revising paragraph B. of Big Oaks during the second State muzzleloader
must place an identification card with National Wildlife Refuge; season.
name, address, and telephone number ■ b. Revising paragraphs B., the D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
inside the permanent blind. Blinds not introductory text of paragraph C., designated areas of the refuge in

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accordance with State regulations 3. We allow dogs for hunting B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
subject to the following conditions: provided the dog is under the hunting of ring-necked pheasant,
1. We allow bank fishing by wading immediate control of the hunter at all bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbit, and
in the water and from nonmotorized times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter). squirrel on designated areas of the
boats on Stanfield Lake from May 15 C. Big Game Hunting. We allow refuge in accordance with State
through October 15. We prohibit the use hunting of white-tailed deer in regulations subject to the following
of boats at other times and in other accordance with State regulations conditions:
refuge waters. subject to the following conditions: 1. You must possess and carry a
2. We only allow fishing with rod and 1. We prohibit construction or use refuge permit.
reel or pole and line. permanent tree stands or blinds (see 2. You may only possess approved
3. We allow fishing on Richart Lake § 27.92 of this chapter). We only allow nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) while
during periods as posted in the spring portable stands. hunting for any permitted bird or other
and fall. 2. Condition A4 applies. small game.
4. The minimum size limit for large- D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in 3. We allow hunting of upland game
mouth black bass taken from refuge accordance with State regulations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the dates
waters is 14 inches (35 cm). subject to the following conditions: posted at the refuge.
5. We allow ice fishing on Stanfield 1. We allow fishing from legal sunrise 4. All hunters must cover their head
Lake and other fishing areas designated to legal sunset, except on the Patoka and chest with one or more of the
by signs and when ice conditions River. following articles of visible, external,
permit. 2. We only allow fishing with rod and solid-blaze-orange clothing: a hat, vest,
6. We allow fishing from legal sunrise reel or pole and line. coat, jacket, sweatshirt, sweater, shirt, or
to legal sunset. 3. The minimum size limit for large- coveralls.
7. You may take frog and turtle by mouth bass on Snakey Point Marsh is 14 C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
hook and line from legal sunrise to legal inches (35 cm). hunting of white-tailed deer on
sunset. 4. You must possess and carry a designated areas of the refuge in
8. We allow ‘‘Belly boat’’-type refuge permit to take bait fish, crayfish, accordance with State regulations
inflatables as long as the occupant’s feet snapping turtle, and bull frog. subject to the following conditions:
remain in contact with the bottom. 5. Condition A2 applies. 1. You must possess and carry a
6. Anglers must remove boats (see refuge permit.
Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge § 27.93 of this chapter) at the end of 2. We only allow portable stands, and
and Management Area each day. hunters must remove them at the end of
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We each day (see § 27.93 of this chapter).
allow hunting of migratory game birds ■ 15. Amend § 32.34 Iowa by: 3. We only allow hunter access from
on designated areas of the refuge and ■ a. Revising paragraph A., the 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise until 1⁄2

the White River Wildlife Management introductory text of paragraph C., hour after legal sunset.
Areas in accordance with State paragraph C.1., and adding paragraph
D.8. of Desoto National Wildlife Refuge; * * * * *
regulations subject to the following
■ b. Revising paragraphs B. and C. of Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge
conditions:
1. We only allow the use of portable Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge;
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
blinds or temporary blinds constructed and
■ c. Revising Union Slough National
allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, rail
of native vegetation. Hunters must (Virginia and sora only), woodcock, and
remove all portable blinds and Wildlife Refuge to read as follows:
snipe on the Buffalo Creek Bottoms and
dismantle temporary blinds (see § 27.93 § 32.34 Iowa. Schwob Marsh units of the refuge in
of this chapter) at the end of each day. * * * * * accordance with State regulations
2. We only allow motorboats on subject to the following conditions:
Snakey Point Marsh east of the South DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge 1. We allow hunters on the refuge
Fork River and the Patoka River. You A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. from 1 hour before legal sunrise until 1⁄2
must operate motorboats at no-wake [Reserved] hour after legal sunset.
speed. We open other waters to hand- 2. You may only possess approved
* * * * *
powered or battery-driven motors. We C. Big Game Hunting. We allow nontoxic shot while in the field (see
prohibit airboats. archery and muzzleloader hunting of § 32.2(k)).
3. You must remove boats and decoys 3. We allow boats or other floating
white-tailed deer on designated areas of
(see § 27.93 of this chapter) at the end devices. We allow gasoline and electric
the refuge in accordance with State of
of each day. motors. We prohibit the use of air-thrust
Iowa and Nebraska regulations subject
4. We do not open Cane Ridge boats. You may not leave boats
to the following conditions:
Wildlife Management Area to all unattended.
1. You must possess and carry refuge
hunting. 4. You may construct blinds using
permits for archery hunting at all times
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow manmade materials or natural
while hunting.
hunting of bobwhite quail, cottontail vegetation found on the refuge. We
rabbit, squirrel (grey and fox), pheasant, * * * * * prohibit bringing plants or their parts
turkey (spring only), red and grey fox, D. Sport Fishing. * * * onto the refuge (see § 26.52 of this
coyote, opossum, and raccoon in * * * * * chapter).
accordance with State regulations 8. We prohibit taking or possession of 5. You must remove boats, decoys,
subject to the following conditions: turtle or frog at any time (see § 27.21 of and blinds (see § 27.93 of this chapter)
1. You may only possess approved this chapter). from the refuge at the end of each day.
nontoxic shot while hunting, except * * * * * 6. We allow the use of hunting dogs
while hunting for turkey (see § 32.2(k)). provided that the dogs remain under the
2. You must possess and carry a Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge immediate control of the hunter at all
refuge permit for furbearer hunting. * * * * * times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter).

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7. We prohibit entry into any closed D. Sport Fishing. We allow sport chicken, rabbit, and squirrel on
area to retrieve downed game, unless fishing from the County Road A–40 designated areas of the refuge in
the hunter has received written right-of-way and in Buffalo Creek south accordance with State regulations
permission from the refuge manager. of County Road 320th Street in subject to the following conditions:
8. We prohibit hunting on road rights- accordance with State regulations 1. Conditions A2, A3, A6, A7, A8i,
of-way on any portion of the refuge not subject to the following conditions: and A8ii apply.
open to hunting. The road right-of-way 1. We allow fishing from April 15 C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
extends to the center of the road. through September 30. hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 2. We allow fishing from legal sunrise on designated areas of the refuge in
hunting of pheasant, gray partridge, to legal sunset. accordance with State regulations
rabbit (cottontail and jack), squirrel (fox 3. We prohibit the use of boats, subject to the following conditions:
and gray), groundhog, raccoon, canoes, or other floating devices. 1. We only allow shotguns,
opossum, fox, coyote, and crow on 4. We prohibit the use or possession muzzleloading firearms (see § 27.42 of
Buffalo Creek Bottoms, Schwob Marsh, of lead terminal tackle. this chapter), and archery equipment for
and the Core Area in accordance with * * * * * deer hunting.
State regulations subject to the 2. We prohibit the use of deer game
following conditions: ■ 16. Amend § 32.35 Kansas by: tags on the refuge.
1. We only allow hunting in the Core ■ a. Revising Flint Hills National 3. We do not open for deer hunting
Area during the dates posted at the Wildlife Refuge; during the extended white-tailed deer
Refuge Headquarters. ■ b. Revising Kirwin National Wildlife antlerless season in January.
2. You may only possess approved Refuge; 4. We require the use of approved
nontoxic shot while in the field (see ■ c. Revising Marais des Cygnes National nontoxic shot for turkey hunting (see
§ 32.2(k)). We prohibit possession of Wildlife Refuge; and § 32.2(k)).
shotgun slugs. ■ d. Revising Quivira National Wildlife 5. Dogs used during the fall turkey
3. Hunters may only enter the refuge Refuge to read as follows: season must be under the owner’s
from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. immediate control at all times (see
§ 32.35 Kansas. § 26.21(b) of this chapter).
4. Conditions A6, A7, and A8 apply.
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow * * * * * 6. Conditions A2, A3, A7, and A8ii
hunting of deer and turkey on Buffalo apply.
Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
Creek Bottoms, Schwob Marsh, and the
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We designated areas of the refuge in
Core Area in accordance with State
allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, accordance with State regulations
regulations subject to the following
mourning dove, rail, woodcock, and subject to the following conditions:
conditions:
common snipe on designated areas of 1. We do not open areas on the north
1. Condition B1 and A8 apply.
2. Deer hunters in the Core Area must the refuge in accordance with State side of the Neosho River to all fishing
possess a valid State deer hunting regulations subject to the following from November 1 through March 1,
license and an unfilled deer conditions: except for the Dove Roost pond and the
transportation tag. 1. We only allow waterfowl hunting Upper Burgess marsh.
on portions of the refuge on the south 2. We only allow fish bait collecting
3. We only allow deer hunters to enter
side of the Neosho River. for personal use. We prohibit digging or
the refuge from 1⁄2 hour before legal
2. We prohibit hunting or possession habitat disturbance (see § 27.51 of this
sunrise until 1⁄2 hour after legal sunset.
4. Deer hunters may only possess shot of weapons on the Neosho River. chapter).
shells that shoot a single projectile (i.e., 3. We prohibit shooting from or over Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge
slugs). roads and parking areas.
4. We only allow portable blinds and A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
5. We prohibit turkey hunting in the allow hunting of goose, duck,
Core Area at all times. blinds made from natural vegetation.
We prohibit the construction or use of merganser, coot, mourning dove, and
6. We only allow turkey hunters to
permanent blinds and/or pits (see snipe on designated areas of the refuge
enter the refuge from 1⁄2 hour before
§ 27.92 of this chapter). in accordance with State regulations
legal sunrise until 1⁄2 hour after legal
5. We prohibit leaving decoys subject to the following conditions:
sunset. 1. You may only possess six shells per
7. Turkey hunters may only possess unattended at any time.
day in the area from the Quillback Cove
approved nontoxic shot while in the 6. Dogs must be under the owner’s
parking lot to the No Hunting Zone
field. immediate control at all times (see
boundary east of Dogtown.
8. We allow the use of temporary § 26.21(b) of this chapter). 2. You may use natural vegetation to
stands, blinds, platforms, or ladders. 7. We prohibit hunters or dogs construct a temporary blind.
You may construct blinds using retrieving game in areas closed to 3. You may use portable hunting
manmade materials or natural hunting. blinds.
vegetation found on the refuge. We 8. We allow crow hunting on 4. We prohibit construction or use of
prohibit bringing plants or their parts designated areas of the refuge subject to any permanent blind.
onto the refuge (see § 27.52 of this the following conditions: 5. We prohibit digging or using holes
chapter). i. We prohibit the use of centerfire or pits for blinds.
9. You must remove decoys, stands, rifles and pistols on the refuge; 6. We prohibit retrieval of waterfowl
blinds, platforms, and ladders from the ii. We close hunting areas on the from an area closed to waterfowl
refuge at the end of each day (see north side of the Neosho River to all hunting.
§ 27.93 of this chapter). hunting from November 1 through 7. We only allow waterfowl hunting
10. We prohibit entry into any closed March 1; and by boat in Bow Creek. You may not
area to retrieve downed game, unless iii. Conditions A2, A3, and A7 apply. create a wake while in Bow Creek.
the hunter has received written B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 8. We only allow motorized vehicles
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campgrounds, and boat ramps (see § 27.31 of this chapter). We prohibit subject to the following condition:
§ 27.31 of this chapter). motorized vehicles on the ice. Condition A2 applies.
9. We prohibit the use of ATVs or 3. We allow motorized boating in the
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
snowmobiles on the refuge (see main body of Kirwin Reservoir and in
§ 27.31(f) of this chapter). Bow Creek. You must not create a wake A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
10. We prohibit commercial guiding in Bow Creek or within 100 yards (90 allow hunting of goose, duck, coot,
on the refuge. m) of any shoreline or island in the Virginia and Sora rail, mourning dove,
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow main body of Kirwin Reservoir. We and common snipe on designated areas
hunting of pheasant, quail, prairie prohibit motorized boats in the Solomon of the refuge in accordance with State
chicken, squirrel, and rabbit on Arm of Kirwin Reservoir. regulations subject to the following
designated areas of the refuge in 4. We allow motorless boats in the conditions:
accordance with State regulations Solomon Arm of Kirwin Reservoir from 1. We open refuge hunting areas
subject to the following conditions: August 1 through October 31. September 1 through February 28.
1. You may only possess bow and 5. We prohibit access within 100 2. We may close refuge hunting areas
arrow or shotguns no larger than 10 yards (90 m) of a nesting endangered or to hunting without notice when
gauge on the refuge. threatened species. whooping crane are present or
2. We only allow hunting of rabbit 6. We allow noncommercial emergencies arise.
and squirrel during that portion of the collection of bait fish in accordance 3. We post refuge hunting areas as
State small game season that occurs with State regulations. ‘‘Public Hunting Areas’’ and delineate
during the State upland game season. 7. You must obtain a free Special Use them on the refuge hunting brochure
3. You may only possess six shells per Permit prior to conducting a fishing map.
day in the area from the Quillback Cove tournament on the refuge. 4. We allow hunters to enter the
parking lot to the ‘‘Closed to Hunting’’ 8. We prohibit disposal of fish refuge 1 hour before legal shooting
boundary east of Dogtown. cleanings on the refuge (see § 27.94 of hours, and they must exit the refuge up
4. We prohibit retrieval of upland this chapter). to 1 hour past legal shooting hours.
game from an area closed to upland 9. Conditions A9 and A10 apply. 5. We prohibit hunting from or across
game hunting. any road, trail, or parking area.
Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife 6. Hunters must park in designated
5. Conditions A8, A9, and A10 apply.
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow Refuge parking areas.
hunting of deer and turkey on A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 7. We only allow portable devices or
designated areas of the refuge in allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, rail, temporary blinds of natural vegetation.
accordance with State regulations snipe, woodcock, and mourning dove We prohibit construction of permanent
subject to the following conditions: on designated areas of the refuge in blinds or pits (see § 27.92 of this
1. We only allow archery hunting of accordance with State regulations chapter).
deer. subject to the following conditions: 8. We prohibit the retrieval of game
2. Deer hunters must obtain a free 1. Hunters must remove decoys (see from areas closed to hunting.
refuge permit and possess and carry a § 27.93 of this chapter) daily. 9. We prohibit the use of boats,
signed permit in the field while 2. We restrict outboard motor use to canoes, or other watercraft.
hunting. the westernmost 51⁄2 miles (8.8 km) of B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
3. You may use portable tree stands the Marais des Cygnes River. You may hunting of pheasant, quail, squirrel, and
and hunting blinds provided that you only use nonmotorized boats and rabbit on designated areas of the refuge
install them no more than 7 days prior electric trolling motors on remaining in accordance with State regulations
to the season and remove them no later waters in designated areas of the refuge. subject to the following conditions:
than 2 days after the season (see § 27.93 3. We prohibit discharge of firearms 1. Conditions A1 through A6, and A8
of this chapter). (see § 27.42 of this chapter) within 150 apply.
4. We prohibit construction or use of yards (135 m) of any residence or other 2. We only allow shotguns for hunting
any permanent stand or blind (see occupied building. on the refuge.
§ 27.92 of this chapter). B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved]
5. We prohibit digging or using holes hunting of cottontail rabbit, squirrel, D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
or pits for blinds. and bobwhite quail on designated areas all waters on the refuge in accordance
6. You may use natural vegetation to of the refuge in accordance with State with State regulations subject to the
construct a temporary blind. regulations subject to the following following conditions:
7. Archery hunters with a valid refuge conditions: 1. You may take fish species listed in
permit may retrieve deer from an area 1. Condition A3 applies. the State fishing regulations. We
closed to deer hunting. You must 2. We prohibit rimfire rifles and prohibit taking of frog, snake, or any
receive consent from a refuge employee pistols. other wildlife (see § 27.21 of this
prior to entering the closed area. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow chapter).
8. We prohibit retrieving turkey from hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey 2. We prohibit the use of trotlines and
an area closed to turkey hunting. on designated areas of the refuge in setlines.
9. Conditions A8, A9, and A10 apply. accordance with State regulations 3. We prohibit the use of seines for
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on subject to the following conditions: taking bait.
the refuge in accordance with State 1. Deer and spring turkey hunters 4. We prohibit fishing from water
regulations subject to the following must possess and carry a refuge permit. control structures and bridges.
conditions: 2. We prohibit centerfire rifles and 5. We restrict fishing in the
1. We allow access to Kirwin pistols. designated ‘‘Kid’s Pond,’’ approximately
1⁄4 mile (.4 km) WSW of headquarters,
Reservoir by foot to bank or ice fish. 3. Condition A3 applies.
2. We only allow motorized vehicles D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on to youth age 14 and under, and to a
on designated roads, parking lots, designated areas of the refuge in parent and/or guardian age 18 or older
campgrounds, and boat ramps (see accordance with State regulations accompanying a youth.

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6. The bag limit for the Kid’s Pond is 13. We only allow waterfowl hunting so as to make animals more susceptible
one fish per day. on the Sharpe-Elva Water Management to harvest.
7. We prohibit the use of boats, Unit on Saturdays and Sundays during D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
canoes, or other watercraft. the State waterfowl season. We only designated areas of the refuge subject to
allow hunting by individuals in State regulations subject to the
■ 17. Amend § 32.36 Kentucky by: possession of a refuge draw permit and following conditions:
■ a. Revising Clarks River National their guests. State regulations and the 1. Conditions A1 through A9 and A12
Wildlife Refuge; and following conditions apply: apply.
■ b. Revising Reelfoot National Wildlife
i. Application procedures and * * * * *
Refuge to read as follows: eligibility requirements are available
from the refuge office. Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge
§ 32.36 Kentucky.
ii. We allow permit holders and up to A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
* * * * *
three guests to hunt their assigned [Reserved]
Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge provided blind on the designated date. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We We prohibit guests in the blind without hunting of squirrel and raccoon on the
allow hunting of mourning dove, the attendance of the permit holder. refuge in accordance with State
woodcock, common snipe, Canada and iii. We prohibit selling, trading, or regulations subject to the following
snow goose, coot, and waterfowl listed bartering of permits. The permit is conditions:
nontransferable. 1. The refuge is a day-use area only,
in 50 CFR 10.13 under DUCKS on
iv. You may place decoys out with the exception of legal hunting/
designated areas of the refuge in
Saturday morning at the beginning of fishing activities.
accordance with State regulations
the hunt, and you must remove them by 2. We prohibit the use of motorized
subject to the following conditions:
Sunday at the close of the hunt (see off-road vehicles (e.g., ATVs) on the
1. The refuge is a day-use area only,
§ 27.93 of this chapter). refuge (see § 27.31(f) of this chapter).
with the exception of legal hunting/ 3. We set season dates and bag limits
v. We prohibit watercraft in Sharpe-
fishing activities. annually and publish them in the refuge
Elva Water Management Unit.
2. We prohibit the use of motorized B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow public use regulations available at the
off-road vehicles (e.g., ATVs) on the hunting of squirrel, rabbit, quail, refuge office.
refuge (see § 27.31(f) of this chapter). raccoon, opossum, crow, red and gray 4. You must possess and carry a valid
3. We prohibit target practice on fox, bobcat, and coyote on designated refuge permit and report game taken as
refuge property (see § 27.42 of this areas of the refuge in accordance with specified within the permit.
chapter). State regulations subject to the 5. We allow hunters to access the
4. We prohibit the use of mules and following conditions: refuge no more than 2 hours before legal
horses on all refuge hunts. 1. Conditions A1 through A12 apply. sunrise and no more than 2 hours after
5. You must possess and carry a valid 2. You may not kill or cripple a game legal sunset with the exception of
refuge permit while hunting on the animal without making a reasonable raccoon hunters, who we will allow
refuge. effort to retrieve the animal and include access from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
6. To retrieve or track game from a it in your daily bag limit. (midnight).
posted closed area of the refuge, the 3. You may only use rimfire rifles, 8. All youth hunters age 15 and
hunter must first request permission shotguns, and legal archery equipment younger must remain within sight and
from the refuge manager at 270–527– for taking upland game. normal voice contact of an adult age 21
5770 or refuge officer at 1–888–261– C. Big Game Hunting. We allow or older, possessing a license. One adult
2000. hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey hunter may supervise no more than two
7. We prohibit the use of flagging on designated areas of the refuge in youth hunters.
tape, reflective tacks, or other devices accordance with State regulations C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
used to identify paths to and mark tree subject to the following conditions: hunting for white-tailed deer and turkey
stands, blinds, or other areas. 1. Conditions A1 through A9, A12, on the refuge in accordance with State
8. We close those portions of and B2 apply. regulations subject to the following
abandoned railroad tracks within the 2. We only allow the use of portable conditions:
refuge boundary to vehicle access (see and climbing stands. You may place 1. Conditions B1 through B5, and B7
§ 27.31 of this chapter). stands in the field (not attached to apply.
9. No person will discharge a firearm trees—see § 32.2(i)) no earlier than 2 2. You may only participate in the
within 100 feet (90 m) of any public weeks prior to the opening of deer refuge firearms deer and turkey hunts
roadways running through or adjoining season, and you must remove them from with a special quota permit issued
refuge property. the field within 1 week after the season through random drawing. You may
10. Waterfowl hunters must pick up closes (see § 27.93 of this chapter). The obtain information on permit
decoys and equipment, unload firearms hunter’s name and address must appear applications at the refuge headquarters.
(see § 27.42(b) of this chapter), and be on all stands left in the field. 3. You may only possess approved
out of the field by 2 p.m. daily during 3. You must remove stands from the nontoxic shot while turkey hunting on
the State waterfowl season. tree when not in use, or they will be the refuge (see § 32.2(k)).
11. You may only use portable or subject to confiscation (see § 27.93 of 4. We only allow the use of portable
temporary blinds that must be removed this chapter). We prohibit the use of any blinds and tree stands on the refuge.
(see § 27.93 of this chapter) from the tree stand left attached and unattended. You must remove blinds, tree stands,
refuge each day. 4. You must use safety belts at all and all other personal equipment from
12. We close, as posted, the Sharpe- times when occupying the tree stands. the refuge at the end of each day (see
Elva Water Management Unit from 5. We prohibit organized deer drives § 27.93 of this chapter).
November 1 through March 15 to all of two or more hunters. We define 5. All youth hunters age 15 and
entry with the exception of drawn ‘‘drive’’ as: the act of chasing, pursuing, younger must remain within sight and
permit holders and their guests. disturbing, or otherwise directing deer normal voice contact of an adult age 21

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or older, possessing a license. One adult Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge One adult may supervise no more than
hunter may supervise no more than one A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We two youth hunters while hunting
youth hunter. allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, migratory game birds.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on 7. We prohibit any person or group to
snipe, and woodcock on designated
the refuge in accordance with State act as a hunting guide, outfitter, or in
areas of the refuge subject to the
regulations subject to the following any other capacity that any other
following condition: Hunting must be in
conditions: individual(s) pays or promises to pay
accordance with Sherburne Wildlife
1. We allow access to the Long Point directly or indirectly for services
Management Area regulations.
Unit (north of Upper Blue Basin) for rendered to any other person or persons
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
fishing from March 16 through hunting on the refuge, regardless of
hunting of squirrel, rabbit, raccoon,
November 14, and the Grassy Island whether such payment is for guiding,
opossum, nutria, muskrat, mink, fox,
Unit (south of Upper Blue Basin) for outfitting, lodging, or club membership.
bobcat, beaver, and otter on designated 8. We prohibit use or possession of
fishing from February 1 through areas of the refuge subject to the
November 14. any type of trail-marking material.
following condition: Hunting must be in 9. Coyote, beaver, feral hog, and
2. We allow fishing on the refuge from accordance with Sherburne Wildlife
legal sunrise to legal sunset. raccoon are incidental take species and,
Management Area regulations. as such, you may take them during any
3. We prohibit taking of frog or turtle C. Big Game Hunting. We allow open hunting season only with the
on the refuge (see § 27.21 of this hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey weapon allowed for that season, if you
chapter). on designated areas of the refuge subject are a hunter having the required
4. We prohibit airboats, hovercraft, or to the following condition: Hunting licenses and permits. There is no bag
personal watercraft (Jet Skis) on any must be in accordance with Sherburne limit on coyote and beaver. The feral
waters within the refuge boundary. Wildlife Management Area regulations. hog bag limit is 10 per year, and the
■ 18. Amend § 32.37 Louisiana by: D. Sport Fishing. We allow finfishing raccoon bag limit is 1 per day.
and shellfishing year-round in 10. We prohibit entering the refuge
■ a. Revising Atchafalaya National
accordance with Sherburne Wildlife from private property and/or hunt
Wildlife Refuge;
Management Area regulations subject to leases; you may use only designated
■ b. Revising Bayou Cocodrie National
the following condition: We prohibit all entry sites.
Wildlife Refuge;
commercial finfishing and shellfishing. 11. You must check all game taken on
■ c. Revising paragraphs D.1., D.3., D.6.,
and adding paragraphs D.7. and D.8. of Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife the refuge before leaving the refuge at
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge; Refuge one of the self-clearing check stations
■ d. Revising Bayou Teche National
indicated on the map in the refuge
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We Hunting and Fishing Regulations
Wildlife Refuge; allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, and
■ e. Revising Big Branch Marsh National
Brochure.
woodcock on designated areas of the 12. You must use boats to access the
Wildlife Refuge; refuge in accordance with State refuge from Bayou Cocodrie or Cross
■ f. Revising Black Bayou Lake National regulations subject to the following Bayou. We prohibit entering the refuge
Wildlife Refuge; conditions: from U.S. Highway 84. You must dock
■ g. Revising Bogue Chitto National 1. Hunters must possess and carry a all boats used to access the refuge on the
Wildlife Refuge; signed refuge permit. banks of the refuge. Boats used to cross
■ h. Revising Cameron Prairie National 2. We allow migratory game bird ‘‘low water crossings’’ at Cross Bayou
Wildlife Refuge; hunting on Tuesdays, Thursdays, may be left for a maximum of 3 days,
■ i. Revising Cat Island National Wildlife Saturdays, and Sundays until 12 p.m. and you must clearly mark them with
Refuge; (noon) during the State season. We do the name and address of the person
■ j. Revising Catahoula National Wildlife not open for the special teal season and responsible for the boat while it is on
Refuge; State youth waterfowl hunt. the refuge. We only allow outboard
■ k. Revising D’Arbonne National 3. We prohibit hunting within 150 motors in Cocodrie Bayou and
Wildlife Refuge; feet (45 m) of the maintained rights-of- tributaries accessible therefrom.
■ l. Revising Delta National Wildlife way of roads, refuge road or designated 13. We only allow ATVs on
Refuge; trail, building, residence, or designated designated trails (see § 27.31 of this
■ m. Revising Grand Cote National public facility. chapter) from September 1 through the
Wildlife Refuge; 4. You must remove temporary blinds hunting season. An all-terrain vehicle
■ n. Revising Lacassine National (see § 27.93 of this chapter) used for (ATV) is an off-road vehicle with factory
Wildlife Refuge; duck hunting by 12 p.m. (noon) on the specifications not to exceed the
■ o. Revising Lake Ophelia National last day of the State waterfowl season. following: weight 750 pounds (337.5
Wildlife Refuge; You must clearly mark any stand or kg), length 85 inches (212.5 cm), and
■ p. Revising Mandalay National blind left on the refuge with the name width 48 inches (120 cm). We restrict
Wildlife Refuge; and address of the person using the ATV tires to those no larger than 25 x
■ q. Adding Red River National Wildlife stand or blind. You must remove decoys 12 with a maximum 1 inch (2.5 cm) lug
Refuge; daily. height and a maximum allowable tire
■ r. Revising Sabine National Wildlife 5. We only allow dogs to locate, point, pressure of 7 psi as indicated on the tire
Refuge; and retrieve when hunting for migratory by the manufacturer.
■ s. Revising Tensas River National game birds. 14. We require all refuge users to sign
Wildlife Refuge; and 6. Youth hunters under age 16 must in at a designated check station upon
■ t. Revising Upper Ouachita National have completed a hunter education entering the refuge and sign out upon
Wildlife Refuge to read as follows: course and possess and carry evidence their departure.
of completion. An adult age 21 or older 15. Hunters with mobility
§ 32.37 Louisiana. must closely supervise youth hunters impairments must possess and carry a
* * * * * (within sight and normal voice contact). valid special access permit from the

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refuge to use special access ATV trails addition, we require a hat or cap of 5. We only allow fishing during
(see § 27.31 of this chapter). State unbroken hunter orange. You must wear daylight hours.
requirements for ‘‘Mobility-Impaired’’ the solid hunter-orange items while in
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife
classification apply. Mobility-impaired the field.
Refuge
hunters must present their State 6. You may place temporary stands no
‘‘Disabled Hunter’’ card at the refuge more than 2 days prior to the opening * * * * *
headquarters to apply for the refuge of the respective season, and you must D. Sport Fishing. We allow finfishing
special access permit. remove them by the last day of archery and shellfishing on designated areas of
16. You may only possess approved season (see § 27.93 of this chapter). You the refuge in accordance with State
nontoxic shot while hunting on the must clearly mark any stand left on the regulations subject to the following
refuge (see § 32.2(k)). This requirement refuge with the name and address of the conditions:
only applies to the use of shotgun person using the stand. 1. The refuge is daylight use only.
ammunition. 7. We only allow deer hunting with * * * * *
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow modern firearms during the lottery deer 3. We only allow sport fishing with
hunting of squirrel and rabbit on hunt. We require special limited permits hand-held rod and reel or hand-held rod
designated areas of the refuge in for the lottery deer hunt. We only allow and line. You may take bait shrimp with
accordance with State regulations hunters with a valid lottery deer hunt cast nets 8 feet (2.4 m) in diameter or
subject to the following conditions: permit (must possess and carry the less. You may take crawfish (up to 100
1. We allow squirrel and rabbit permit) to use the refuge during the pounds (45 kg) per person) with wire
hunting during the State season except lottery deer hunt. nets up to 20 inches (50 cm) in
during the open youth hunt for deer, the 8. We open archery season on the diameter. We allow recreational
youth lottery hunt, the muzzleloader Saturday closest to October 31, and keep crabbing with a limit of 12 dozen per
hunt, and the lottery deer hunt. it open until the end of the State season, person. You must attend all fishing,
2. Conditions A1, A3, and A7 through except we close the refuge to archery crabbing, and crawfishing equipment at
A16 apply. hunting during the refuge youth hunt, all times.
3. We allow the use of dogs to hunt youth lottery hunt, and lottery deer * * * * *
squirrel and rabbit during that portion hunt. 6. We prohibit air-thrust boats,
of the season designated as ‘‘With/ 9. We allow deer hunting with motorized pirogues, mud boats, and air-
Without Dogs.’’ We list specific season muzzleloaders subject to State cooled propulsion engines on the
dates in the refuge brochure. regulations. Specific open dates will refuge.
4. While engaged in upland game appear in the annual Refuge Hunting 7. We prohibit feeding of any wildlife
hunting, we prohibit possession of and Fishing Regulations Brochure. within the refuge.
firearms (see § 27.42 of this chapter) 8. We prohibit all commercial
10. We prohibit possession or use of
larger than .22 caliber rimfire, shotgun finfishing and shellfishing.
buckshot.
slugs, or buckshot.
11. We prohibit possession or use of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge
5. Hunters must enter the refuge no
climbing spikes.
earlier than 2 hours before legal sunrise A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
and must exit the refuge within 2 hours 12. We prohibit possession or
allow hunting of migratory game birds
after legal sunset. distribution of bait or hunting with the
on designated areas of the refuge in
6. Youth hunters under age 16 must aid of bait, including any grain, salt,
accordance with State regulations
have completed a hunter education minerals, or other feed or any
subject to the following conditions:
course and possess and carry evidence nonnaturally occurring attractant on the 1. You must possess and carry a
of completion. An adult age 21 or older refuge (see § 32.2(h)). signed Public Use Permit while on the
must closely supervise youth hunters 13. Youth hunters under age 16 must refuge. This permit is free and available
(within sight and normal voice contact). have completed a hunter education on the front cover of the refuge’s
One adult may supervise no more than course and possess and carry evidence brochure.
one youth hunter while hunting upland of completion. An adult age 21 or older 2. We prohibit hunting in and/or
game. must closely supervise youth hunters shooting into or across any open field,
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow (within sight and normal voice contact). roadway, or canal.
hunting of white-tailed deer on One adult may supervise no more than 3. Youth hunters under age 16 must
designated areas of the refuge in one youth hunter while hunting big have completed a hunter education
accordance with State regulations game. course and possess and carry evidence
subject to the following conditions: D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on of completion. An adult age 21 or older
1. Conditions A1, A3, A7 through the refuge in accordance with State must closely supervise youth hunters
A16, and B5 apply. regulations subject to the following (within sight and normal voice contact).
2. The bag limit is one deer (of either conditions: One adult can supervise no more than
sex) per day. The State season limit 1. Conditions A11 through A15 apply. two youth hunters while hunting
applies. 2. You must tend trotlines daily. You migratory game birds. All hunters and
3. You must check all deer on the must attach ends of trotlines by a length adult supervisors must possess and
same day taken during lottery deer of cotton line that extends into the carry proof of completion of a State
hunts at a staffed refuge check station. water. Hunter Education Course.
4. Archery hunters must possess and 3. We prohibit commercial fishing. 4. All hunters must have a refuge
carry proof of completion of the Recreational fishing using commercial lottery hunting permit prior to hunting.
International Bowhunters Education gear (slat traps, etc.) requires a special You will find applications for refuge
Program. refuge permit (that you must possess permits (that you must possess and
5. We require a minimum of 400 and carry) available at the refuge office. carry) inside the refuge hunting, fishing,
square inches (2,600 cm2) of unbroken 4. We prohibit the taking of alligator and public use brochures.
hunter orange as the outermost layer of snapping turtle (see § 27.21 of this 5. All hunters must check-in prior to
clothing on the chest and back, and in chapter). hunting and check out after hunting at

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a refuge self-clearing check station. You open no other units to hunting of 5. Conditions A1 and A5 through A8
must report all game taken on the refuge upland game. apply.
when checking out by using the check 5. We prohibit dogs.
6. Conditions A1 through A8 and A13 Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife
card.
apply. Refuge
6. We prohibit airboats and marsh
buggies (tracked vehicles) on the refuge. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow the A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. You
We restrict motorized boat use to hunting of white-tailed deer on may hunt duck, coot, and goose on
existing canals, ditches, trenasses, designated areas of the refuge in designated areas of the refuge during the
ponds, and from areas marked as accordance with State regulations State waterfowl season in accordance
nonmotorized areas only. subject to the following conditions: with State regulations subject to the
7. We prohibit parking, walking, or 1. We only allow hunting of deer with following conditions:
hunting within 150 feet (45 m) of any firearms (see § 27.42 of this chapter) 1. We allow waterfowl hunting on
active oil well site, production facility, during 7 specific days in November. A Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and
or equipment. We also prohibit hunting youth gun hunt will occur during the Sundays, until 12 p.m. (noon),
within 150 feet (45 m) of any public first weekend in November. The first of including the special teal season and
road, refuge road, trail, building, two general gun hunts will occur on the youth waterfowl hunt.
third weekend, and the final general gun 2. We do not open the refuge to goose
residence, or designated public facility.
hunt will occur during the final full hunting for that part of the season that
8. We prohibit feeding of any wildlife
weekend of November. These gun hunts extends beyond the regular duck season.
within the refuge. 3. You must remove blinds and
9. We allow hunting until 12 p.m. include both Saturday and Sunday only,
except the final general gun hunt will decoys (see § 27.93 of this chapter) by
(noon). We allow hunters to enter the noon.
refuge up to 2 hours before legal sunrise. additionally include the Friday
4. We only allow dogs to locate, point,
10. We open the refuge to hunting of immediately before the weekend.
2. We allow hunting of deer with and retrieve when hunting for migratory
migratory game bird on Wednesdays, game birds.
Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays of archery equipment from the start of the
5. You must possess and carry a valid
the State waterfowl season. State archery season until the last day
refuge hunt permit.
11. We allow hunting in the of November, except for those days that 6. We prohibit air-thrust boats,
Centerville, Garden City, Bayou Sale, deer gun hunts occur. motorized pirogues, mud boats, and air-
North Bend—East, and North Bend— 3. All archery hunters must possess cooled propulsion engines on the
West Units through November 30. After and carry proof of completion of the refuge.
November 30, we allow hunting in the International Bowhunters Education 7. Youth hunters under age 16 must
Centerville, Garden City, and Bayou Program. have completed a hunter education
4. We allow hunting in the course and possess and carry evidence
Sale Units only. We open no other units
Centerville, Garden City, Bayou Sale, of completion. An adult age 21 or older
to hunting of migratory game birds.
North Bend—East, and North Bend— must closely supervise youth hunters
12. We only allow dogs to locate,
West Units only. We do not open the (within sight and normal voice contact).
point, and retrieve when hunting for
Bayou Sale Unit for all big game firearm One adult may supervise no more than
migratory game birds.
hunts. two youth hunters while hunting
13. You may only possess approved 5. We only allow each hunter to
nontoxic shot while hunting on the migratory game.
possess 1 deer of either sex per day. 8. We only open the refuge during
refuge (see § 32.2(k)). This requirement State season limits apply.
only applies to the use of shotgun daylight hours.
6. You may take no other native or 9. We prohibit possession of
ammunition. feral wildlife other than white-tailed
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow buckshot, slugs, rifles, or rifle
deer while engaged in big game hunting ammunition.
hunting of squirrel and rabbit on (see § 27.21 of this chapter). 10. We prohibit hunting within 150
designated areas of the refuge in 7. We prohibit possession of feet (45 m) of the maintained rights-of-
accordance with State regulations buckshot. way of roads, refuge road, trail,
subject to the following conditions: 8. We require a minimum of 400 building, residence, designated public
1. We only allow hunting from the square inches (2,600 cm2) of unbroken facility, above-ground oil and gas or
start of the State squirrel and rabbit hunter orange as the outermost layer of electrical facilities, or from across ATV
seasons until the last day of State clothing on the chest and back, and, in trails (see § 27.31 of this chapter).
waterfowl season in the West Zone. addition, we require a hat or cap of 11. You may only possess approved
2. We prohibit upland game hunting unbroken hunter orange. You must wear nontoxic shot while hunting on the
on days corresponding with refuge deer the solid hunter-orange items while in refuge (see § 32.2(k)).
gun hunts. the field. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
3. We allow hunters to enter the 9. Conditions A1 through A8 and B3 hunting of squirrel, rabbit, snipe,
refuge up to 2 hours before legal sunrise, apply. woodcock, quail, gallinule, and rail in
but they must leave the refuge 1 hour D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in accordance with State regulations
after legal sunset. all refuge waters in accordance with subject to the following conditions:
4. We allow hunting 7 days a week State regulations subject to the 1. We allow upland game hunting
beginning with the opening of State following conditions: during the open State season using only
seasons in the Centerville, Garden City, 1. We only allow recreational fishing. approved nontoxic (see § 32.2(k)) shot
Bayou Sale, North Bend—East, and We prohibit all commercial fishing size #4 or smaller.
North Bend—West Units through activity. 2. You may only use dogs for squirrel
November 30. After November 30, we 2. We prohibit the use of unattended and rabbit after the close of the State
only allow hunting on Wednesdays, nets, traps, or lines (trot, jug, bush, etc.). gun deer season.
Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in 3. The refuge is daylight use only. 3. We only allow dogs to locate, point,
the Centerville, Garden City, and Bayou 4. We prohibit the take of turtle (see and retrieve when hunting for snipe,
Sale Units until 12 p.m. (noon). We § 27.21 of this chapter). woodcock and quail.

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4. Conditions A5 through A11 apply. special teal season and State youth selling raccoon and opossum taken on
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow waterfowl hunt. the refuge for human consumption.
hunting of white-tailed deer and feral 4. We prohibit accessing the hunting 4. We allow use of dogs to hunt
hog on designated areas of the refuge in area by boat from Black Bayou Lake. squirrel and rabbit after the refuge
accordance with State regulations 5. You may enter the refuge no earlier archery deer hunt.
subject to the following conditions: than 4 a.m. 5. We allow use of horses and mules
1. We are open during the State 6. We prohibit hunting within 150 to hunt raccoon and opossum at night
season for archery hunting of deer. feet (45 m) of the maintained rights-of- only after obtaining a Special Use
2. We only allow portable stands. way of roads, from or across ATV trails Permit at the refuge office.
3. We prohibit dogs and driving deer. (see § 27.31 of this chapter), and from 6. We prohibit opossum and raccoon
4. You may take deer of either sex for above-ground oil or gas or electrical night hunters from using ATVs.
the entire archery deer season. The State 7. You may enter the refuge no earlier
transmission facilities.
season limits apply. than 4 a.m. and must exit no later than
7. We prohibit leaving boats, blinds,
5. You must remove all deer stands 1 hour after legal shooting hours.
and decoys unattended. 8. You may only possess approved
within 14 days of the end of the refuge 8. We only allow dogs to locate, point,
deer season (see § 27.93 of this chapter). nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) while
and retrieve when hunting for migratory hunting on the refuge. This requirement
6. You may only take hogs during the game birds.
refuge archery hunt with bow and only applies to the use of shotgun
9. Youth hunters under age 16 must ammunition.
arrow. successfully complete a State-approved
7. We prohibit possession or C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
hunter education course. While hunting, hunting of white-tailed deer on
distribution of bait or hunting with the each youth must possess and carry a
aid of bait, including any grain, salt, designated areas of the refuge in
card or certificate of completion. Each accordance with State regulations
minerals or other feed or any youth hunter must remain within sight
nonnaturally occurring attractant on the subject to the following conditions:
and normal voice contact of an adult age 1. Conditions A1, A4, A6, A10, A11,
refuge (see § 32.2(h)). 21 or older. One adult may supervise
8. Conditions A5 through A11 apply. and B7 apply.
two youth hunters. 2. We allow archery deer hunting
9. Youth hunters under age 16 must
10. We prohibit any person or group during October, November, and
have completed a hunter education
to act as a hunting guide, outfitter, or in December north of ‘‘cemetery pipeline’’
course and possess and carry evidence
any other capacity that any other and east of the main body (permanent
of completion. An adult age 21 or older
individual(s) pays or promises to pay water) of Black Bayou Lake.
must closely supervise youth hunters 3. We prohibit gun deer hunting.
directly or indirectly for services
(within sight and normal voice contact). 4. The daily bag limit is one deer of
rendered to any other person or persons
One adult may supervise no more than either sex. The State season limit
hunting on the refuge, regardless of
one youth hunter while hunting big applies.
whether such payment is for guiding,
game. 5. Hunters must possess and carry
outfitting, lodging, or club membership.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in proof of completion of the International
11. We only allow ATVs on trails (see
designated waters of the refuge in Bowhunters Education Program.
§ 27.31 of this chapter) designated for
accordance with State regulations 6. We prohibit leaving deer stands,
their use and marked by signs. We do
subject to the following conditions: blinds, and other equipment
1. You may only fish during from not open ATV trails March 1 through
August 31. An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) unattended.
legal sunrise to legal sunset. 7. Youth hunters under age 16 must
2. You must only use rods and reel or is an off-road vehicle with factory
specifications not to exceed the successfully complete a State-approved
pole and lines while fishing. hunter education course. While hunting,
3. We prohibit trotlines, slat traps, jug following: weight 750 lbs. (337.5 kg),
length 85 inches (212.5 cm), and width each youth must possess and carry a
lines, or nets. card or certificate of completion. Each
4. We allow recreational crabbing. 48 inches (120 cm). We restrict ATV
tires to those no larger than 25 x 12 with youth hunter must remain within sight
5. We prohibit all commercial and normal voice contact of an adult age
finfishing and shellfishing. a maximum of 1 inch (2.5 cm) lug height
and a maximum allowable tire pressure 21 or older. One adult may supervise no
6. We prohibit the taking of turtle (see more than one youth hunter.
§ 27.21 of this chapter). of 7 psi as indicated on the tire by the
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
7. Condition A6 applies. manufacturer.
designated areas of the refuge in
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife accordance with State regulations
hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit,
Refuge subject to the following conditions:
raccoon, and opossum on designated 1. You may enter the refuge 1⁄2 hour
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We areas of the refuge in accordance with before legal sunrise, and you must exit
allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, and State regulations subject to the no later than 1⁄2 hour after legal sunset.
woodcock on designated areas of the following conditions: 2. You may only launch boats at the
refuge in accordance with State 1. Conditions A1, A2, A4, A6, A9, and concrete ramp adjacent to the visitor
regulations subject to the following A10 apply. center. We prohibit launching boats
conditions: 2. We prohibit possession of firearms with motors greater than 50 hp. We
1. You must possess and carry a (see § 27.42 of this chapter) larger than prohibit personal watercraft (Jet Skis).
signed refuge hunt permit. .22 caliber rimfire, shotgun slugs, and 3. We prohibit trotlines, limb lines,
2. We allow hunting north of buckshot. yo-yos, traps, or nets.
‘‘cemetery pipeline’’ and east of the 3. You may hunt raccoon and 4. We prohibit commercial fishing.
main body (permanent water) of Black opossum from 1⁄2 hour before sunrise to 5. We prohibit leaving boats or other
1⁄2 hour after sunset of rabbit and
Bayou Lake. equipment on the refuge overnight (see
3. We allow waterfowl hunting until squirrel season and at night during § 27.93 of this chapter).
12 p.m. (noon) during the State season December and January. You may use 6. We require a boat launch fee. You
except we do not open during the dogs for night hunting. We prohibit must pay launch fees and fill out and

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properly display your launch permit 4. You may use dogs for raccoon; the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife
before launching boat. season is typically during the months of Refuge
7. We prohibit take of frog, turtle, and January and February. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
mollusk (see § 27.21 of this chapter). 5. We will close the refuge to hunting allow hunting of goose (except Canada
8. We prohibit crossing the water (except waterfowl) and camping when goose), duck, coots, snipe, and dove on
hyacinth blooms in a boat. the Pearl River reaches 15.5 feet (4.65 designated areas of the refuge in
m) on the Pearl River Gauge at Pearl accordance with State regulations
Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge River, Louisiana. subject to the following conditions:
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 6. We prohibit the take of feral hog
1. The waterfowl hunt is a youth hunt
allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, and during any upland game hunts.
only. We set hunt dates in September,
woodcock on designated areas of the 7. Condition A3 (upland game hunts),
and you may obtain information from
refuge in accordance with State and A5 through A8 apply.
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow the refuge. We will accept permit
regulations subject to the following applications September 1 through
conditions: hunting of white-tailed deer, turkey, and
feral hog on designated areas of the October 15 and limit applications to a
1. We allow hunting from 1⁄2 hour choice of 2 dates. We will notify
before legal sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon). refuge in accordance with State
regulations subject to the following successful applicants.
2. We only allow woodcock hunting 2. Youth hunters under age 16 must
using approved nontoxic shot (see conditions:
1. Conditions A3 (one adult can only successfully complete a State-approved
§ 32.2(k)) size #4 or smaller. hunter education course. While hunting,
3. Youth hunters under age 16 must supervise one youth hunter during
refuge Gun Deer Hunts), A5 through A7, each youth must possess and carry a
successfully complete a State-approved card or certificate of completion. Each
hunter education course. While hunting, and B5 apply.
2. You must remove all deer stands youth hunter must remain within sight
each youth must possess and carry a and normal voice contact of an adult age
certificate of completion. Each youth within 14 days following the end of the
refuge deer season (see § 27.93 of this 21 or older. For waterfowl hunts, one
hunter must remain within sight and adult may supervise two youth hunters.
normal voice contact of an adult age 21 chapter).
3. We typically open archery deer 3. We require every hunter to possess
or older. For waterfowl hunts, one adult and carry signed refuge hunting
may supervise two youth hunters. season (either sex) from October 1
through 31 and also for 1 to 2 weeks in regulations and permit.
4. We only allow dogs to locate, point, 4. You must complete a Hunter
and retrieve when hunting for migratory January.
4. General Gun Deer Hunts are Information Card at a self-clearing check
game birds. station after each hunt before leaving
typically in November and December.
5. We require a signed refuge hunt the refuge.
5. Primitive weapons season is
permit. 5. We allow dove hunting in
typically open in December.
6. We allow public hunting refuge- 6. We prohibit the use of dogs. designated areas on Tuesdays,
wide during the open State season for 7. We prohibit using shot larger than Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays
listed species, except for the east levee No. 2 during turkey season. from 12 p.m. (noon) to legal sunset
of the Pearl River Navigation Canal as 8. You may only take gobblers. during the first split of State dove
indicated on refuge permit map. 9. You may take hogs during refuge season only.
7. We prohibit hunting within 150 archery and general Gun Deer Hunts 6. We allow snipe hunting in
feet (45 m) of any public road, refuge only. Additionally, you may take hogs designated areas on Tuesdays,
road, trail, building, residence, typically during varying dates in Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays
designated public facility or from or January and February, and you must from 12 p.m. (noon) to legal sunset for
across above-ground oil or gas or only take them with the aid of trained the remainder of the State season after
electrical facilities. hog-hunting dogs from legal sunrise to closure of the waterfowl season.
8. We prohibit possession of slugs, legal sunset. 7. We prohibit hunting within 150
buckshot, or rifle or pistol ammunition 10. You must kill all hogs prior to feet (45 m) of any public road, refuge
larger than .22 caliber rimfire. removal from the refuge. road, trail, building, residence, or
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 11. We prohibit possession or designated public facility.
hunting of squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, and distribution of bait or hunting with the 8. We prohibit any person or group to
opossum on designated areas of the aid of bait, including any grain, salt, act as a hunting guide, outfitter, or in
refuge in accordance with State minerals, or other feed or nonnaturally any other capacity that any other
regulations subject to the following occurring attractant on the refuge (see individual(s) pays or promises to pay
conditions: § 32.2(h)). directly or indirectly for services
1. You may only possess approved D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing rendered to any other person or persons
nontoxic shot while hunting on the year-round in accordance with State hunting on the refuge, regardless of
refuge (see § 32.2(k)). This requirement regulations subject to the following whether such payment is for guiding,
only applies to the use of shotgun conditions: outfitting, lodging, or club membership.
ammunition. 1. We only allow cotton limb lines. B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]
2. You may use dogs for squirrel 2. Condition B5 applies. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
during a portion of the squirrel season, 3. We close the fishing ponds at the archery as the only form of hunting for
typically in November and from after Pearl River Turnaround to fishing white-tailed deer in designated areas of
the close of the refuge gun deer season during the months of April, May, and the refuge in accordance with State
until the end of the State squirrel June. regulations subject to the following
season. 4. We prohibit boats in the fishing conditions:
3. You may use dogs for rabbit during ponds at the Pearl River Turnaround. 1. You must possess and carry proof
a portion of the squirrel season, 5. We prohibit the take of turtle (see of completion of the International
typically in November and after the § 27.21 of this chapter). Bowhunters Education Program to
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2. Conditions A2 (for big game hunt, Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge 13. We prohibit horses or mules.
one adult may supervise no more than 14. We only allow parking in
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
one youth hunter), A3, A4, A7, and A8 designated parking areas.
allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, and 15. We prohibit camping or overnight
apply. woodcock on designated areas of the
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing, parking on the refuge.
refuge as shown on the refuge hunt 16. We prohibit air-thrust boats on the
boating, crabbing, and cast netting on brochure map in accordance with State
designated areas of the refuge in refuge.
regulations subject to the following 17. We prohibit all other hunting
accordance with State regulations conditions:
subject to the following conditions: during the special youth and Gun Deer
1. We require hunters/anglers age 16 Hunts.
1. You must fish with a rod and reel and older to possess and carry a signed 18. We allow waterfowl hunting on
or a pole and line. We prohibit the refuge hunting/fishing/ATV permit. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and
possession of any other type of fishing 2. Each hunter must sign in at the Sundays until 12 p.m. (noon) during the
gear, including limb lines, gill nets, jug refuge check station when entering and designated State duck season, except
lines, yo-yos or trotlines. leaving the refuge. during the refuge quota deer hunts.
2. You may fish, crab, or cast net in 3. The refuge opens at 4 a.m. and 19. You must remove boats, blinds,
the East Cove unit year-round from legal closes 1 hour after legal sunset. and decoys (see § 27.93 of this chapter)
sunrise to legal sunset, except during 4. We prohibit possession of firearms daily.
the State waterfowl season and when we in areas posted as ‘‘No Hunting Zones.’’ 20. We only allow dogs to locate,
close the Grand Bayou Boat Bay. 5. You may only enter and exit the point, and retrieve when hunting for
3. We prohibit fishing, crabbing, or refuge from designated parking areas. migratory game birds.
cast netting from or trespassing on 6. Youth hunters under age 16 must B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
refuge water control structures at any successfully complete a State-approved hunting of squirrel and rabbit on
time. hunter education course. While hunting, designated areas of the refuge as shown
4. We prohibit walking, wading, or each youth must possess and carry a on the refuge hunt brochure map in
climbing in or on the marsh, levees, or card or certificate of completion. Each accordance with State regulations
structures. youth hunter must remain within sight subject to the following conditions:
5. We allow sport fishing, crabbing, and normal voice contact of an adult age 1. Conditions A1 through A17, and
and cast netting in the Gibbstown Unit 21 or older. Each adult must possess A19 apply.
Bank Fishing Road waterways and and carry a refuge permit and may 2. We allow the use of .22 caliber or
adjacent borrow pits and the Outfall supervise no more than two youth less rimfire rifles and 12 gauge or higher
Canal from March 15 through October hunters during waterfowl/upland game shotguns to hunt upland game.
15 only. hunting. 3. We allow the use of squirrel and
6. We only allow nonpowered boats 7. We allow take of beaver, feral hog, rabbit dogs from the day after the close
in the Bank Fishing Road waterways. nutria, raccoon, and coyote incidental to of the State-designated deer rifle season
7. We only allow recreational any refuge hunt with weapons legal for to the end of the State-designated
crabbing with cotton hand lines or that hunt until you take the daily bag season. We allow up to two dogs per
dropnets up to 24 inches (60 cm) limit of game. hunting party.
outside diameter. 8. You must report all harvested game 4. We require the owner’s name and
8. You must attend all lines, nets, and at the refuge check station upon leaving phone number on the collars of all dogs.
bait and remove them from the refuge 5. You may only possess approved
the refuge. If you harvest game at a time
(see § 27.93 of this chapter) when you nontoxic shot while hunting on the
when the refuge is closed to vehicular
leave. refuge (see § 32.2(k)). This requirement
traffic, you must report it to the refuge
9. We allow a daily limit of five dozen only applies to the use of shotgun
office.
crabs per boat or vehicle. ammunition.
9. We allow use of all-terrain vehicles C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
10. We allow recreational cast netting on designated refuge trails (see § 27.31 hunting of white-tailed deer on
for shrimp during the Louisiana Inland of this chapter) for wildlife-dependent designated areas of the refuge as shown
Shrimp Season when we open the East activities from the first Saturday in on the refuge hunt brochure map in
Cove Unit for boats. September to the last day of the State- accordance with State regulations
11. You may only use a cast net that designated rabbit season. An all-terrain subject to the following conditions:
does not exceed a 5 foot (12.5 cm) vehicle (ATV) is an off-road vehicle 1. Conditions A1 through A17, and
hanging radius. with factory specifications not to exceed A19 apply.
12. We allow a daily limit of 5 gallons the following: weight 750 lbs. (337.5 kg), 2. You must only hunt deer using bow
(19 L) of heads-on shrimp per boat. length 85 inches (212.5 cm), and width and arrow during the State-designated
13. We only allow recreational cast 48 inches (120 cm). We restrict ATV deer season, except during the refuge
netting for bait year-round when we tires to those no larger than 25 x 12 with quota deer hunts and the youth deer
open the East Cove Unit for boats. a maximum 1 inch (2.5 cm) lug height hunt.
14. We prohibit the use of ATVs, air- and a maximum allowable tire pressure 3. You must possess and carry proof
thrust boats, personal motorized of 7 psi as indicated on the tire by the of completion of the International
watercraft (Jet Skis), and air-cooled manufacturer. Bowhunter Education Course to archery
propulsion engines (go devil-style 10. We prohibit transport of loaded hunt on the refuge.
motors) in any refuge area (see § 27.31(f) weapons on an ATV (see § 27.42(b) of 4. You must only use portable deer
of this chapter). this chapter). stands. Deer stands must have the
15. You may operate outboard motors 11. We prohibit hunting within 150 owner’s name, address, and phone
in refuge canals, bayous, and lakes. We feet (45 m) of any public road, refuge number clearly printed on the stand.
only allow trolling motors in the marsh. road, trail or ATV trail, building, 5. We prohibit the use of dogs to trail
16. Condition A8 applies. residence, or designated public facility. wounded deer.
17. We prohibit the taking of turtle 12. We prohibit the possession or use 6. You may only take one deer of
(see § 27.21 of this chapter). of nonbiodegradable flagging tape. either sex per day during the deer

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season. State season limits apply. 1. Hunters must possess and carry a and carry a refuge permit and may
During the deer quota hunts, you may signed refuge hunting permit. Prior to supervise no more than two youth
only take one deer of either sex during entering and leaving the hunt area, we hunters.
the quota hunt weekend. require hunters to sign in and out at 11. You may only possess approved
7. We require a minimum of 400 designated locations as indicated on the nontoxic shot while in the field (see
square inches (2,600 cm2) of unbroken refuge hunt/fish permit. § 32.2(k)). This requirement only applies
hunter orange as the outermost layer of 2. We allow goose, duck, and coot to the use of shotgun ammunition.
clothing on the chest and back, and in hunting on the Bushley Bayou Unit on 12. We prohibit the possession of
addition we require a hat or cap of Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and buckshot, slugs, or rifle ammunition
unbroken hunter orange. Sundays only, from 1⁄2 hour before larger than .17 caliber rimfire while
8. Youth hunters under age 16 must official sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon). engaged in migratory game bird hunts.
successfully complete a State-approved 3. We open the refuge to hunters 2 13. We prohibit any person or group
hunter education course. While hunting, hours before official sunrise for to act as a hunting guide, outfitter, or in
each youth must possess and carry a migratory game bird hunting. any other capacity that any other
card or certificate of completion. Each 4. We allow ATVs on ATV trails (see individual(s) pays or promises to pay
youth hunter must remain within sight § 27.31 of this chapter) designated on directly or indirectly for services
and normal voice contact of an adult age the refuge hunt/fish permit from rendered to any other person or persons
21 or older. Each adult must possess September 1 through the end of rabbit hunting on the refuge, regardless of
and carry a refuge permit and may season. We open Bushley Creek, Black whether such payment is for guiding,
supervise no more than one youth Lake, Boggy Bayou, Round Lake, outfitting, lodging, or club membership.
hunter. Dempsey Lake Roads, and that portion 14. We prohibit marking areas or trails
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on of Minnow Ponds Road at Highway 8 to with tape, paint, paper, flagging, or any
designated areas of the refuge as shown Green’s Creek Road and then south to other material.
on the refuge hunting and fishing Green’s Creek Bridge to ATVs year- B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
brochure map in accordance with State round. We only allow ATVs for wildlife- hunting of squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, and
regulations subject to the following dependent activities. We define an ATV feral hog on designated areas of the
conditions: as an off-road vehicle (not legal for refuge in accordance with State
1. We prohibit commercial fishing or highway use) with factory specifications regulations subject to the following
commercial crawfishing. not to exceed the following: weight 750 conditions:
2. Conditions A1, A3, A4, A9 (on the lbs. (337.5 kg), length 85 inches (212.5 1. Conditions A1, A4 (at the Bushley
open portions of Wood Duck ATV Trail cm), and width 48 inches (120 cm). We Bayou Unit), and A7 through A13 apply.
for wildlife-dependent activities restrict ATV tires to those no larger than 2. At the Headquarters Unit, we only
throughout the year), A13 through A16, 25 x 12 with a maximum 1 inch (2.5 cm) allow squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, and feral
and A19 apply. lug height and a maximum allowable hog hunting from the first day of the
3. We only allow hook and line to tire pressure of 7 psi as indicated on the State squirrel season through October
catch bait fish. tire by the manufacturer. 31.
4. We prohibit slat traps or hoop nets 5. We require hunters to remove all 3. At the Bushley Bayou Unit, we
on the refuge. portable blinds, boats, decoys, and other allow squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, and feral
5. You may use trotlines and yo-yos personal equipment (see § 27.93 of this hog hunting in accordance with the
on the refuge. The ends of trotlines must chapter) from the refuge by 1 p.m. daily. State season.
consist of a length of cotton line that 6. We prohibit all migratory game bird 4. We open the refuge to hunters from
extends from the points of attachment hunting during deer-gun and 2 hours before legal sunrise until 2
into the water. You must attend yo-yos muzzleloader hunts. hours after legal sunset.
(within sight) at all times. 7. We prohibit hunting or shooting 5. At the Headquarters Unit, we only
6. We prohibit possession of cleaned within 150 feet (45 m) of any public allow ATV use year-round on the
or processed fish on the refuge. road, refuge road, ATV trail, building, Muddy Bayou Road.
7. We allow recreational crawfishing residence, or designated public facility. 6. We prohibit squirrel, rabbit, and
on the refuge with either traps or nets We prohibit parking, walking, or raccoon hunting during deer-gun and
April 1 through July 31, according to hunting with 150 feet (45 m) of any muzzleloader hunts.
State regulations regarding trap active oil well site, production facility, 7. We prohibit the use of airboats,
requirements and licensing. The harvest or equipment. inboard water-thrust boats, or personal
limit is 100 pounds (45 kg) per vehicle 8. We prohibit the use of air-thrust watercraft. We only allow nonmotorized
or boat per day. boats, inboard water-thrust boats, or boats, boats with electric motors, or
8. You must attend all crawfish traps personal watercraft. We only allow boats with a motor of 10 hp or less on
and nets at all times and may not leave nonmotorized boats, boats with electric Black Lake, Dempsey Lake, Long Lake,
them on the refuge overnight. We allow motors, or boats with a motor of 10 hp Rhinehart Lake, and Round Lake of the
up to and not exceeding 20 traps per or less on Black Lake, Dempsey Lake, Bushley Bayou Unit and Duck Lake,
angler on the refuge. Long Lake, Rhinehart Lake, and Round Cowpen Bayou, Willow Lake, and the
9. We prohibit harvest of frog or turtle Lake. Highway 28 and 84 borrow pits of the
on the refuge (see § 27.21 of this 9. We prohibit the use of mules or Headquarters Unit.
chapter). horses. 8. At the Headquarters Unit, we close
10. Youth hunters under age 16 must upland game hunting during high water
Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge successfully complete a State-approved conditions with an elevation of 42 feet
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We hunter education course. While hunting, (12.6 m) or above as measured at the
allow hunting of migratory game birds each youth must possess and carry a Corps of Engineers river gauge at Archie
only on designated areas of the Bushley card or certificate of completion. Each or the center of the lake gauge on
Bayou Unit in accordance with State youth hunter must remain within sight Catahoula Lake. At the Bushley Bayou
hunting regulations subject to the and normal voice contact of an adult age Unit, we close upland game hunting
following conditions: 21 or older. Each adult must possess during high water conditions with an

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elevation of 44 feet (13.2 m) or above as supervise no more than one youth 3. We prohibit woodcock hunting in
measured at the Corps of Engineers river hunter. the ‘‘Beanfield’’ area west of Bayou
gauge at Archie or center of the lake D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on D’Arbonne.
gauge on Catahoula Lake. designated areas of the refuge in 4. We allow waterfowl hunting until
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow accordance with State regulations 12 p.m. (noon) during the State season
hunting of white-tailed deer and feral subject to the following conditions: except when closed during the special
hog on designated areas of the refuge in 1. Conditions A4 (at the Bushley teal season and State youth waterfowl
accordance with State regulations Bayou Unit), A12 (as a fishing guide), hunt.
subject to the following conditions: B5, and B7 apply. 5. Hunters may enter the refuge no
1. Conditions A1, A4 (at the Bushley 2. We require anglers to possess and earlier than 4 a.m.
Bayou Unit), A7 through A9, A12, A13, carry at all times a signed copy of a
6. We prohibit hunting within 150
and B4 through B8 (big game hunting) current refuge hunting/fishing permit.
3. At the Bushley Bayou Unit, we feet (45 m) of any public road.
apply.
2. At the Bushley Bayou Unit, we allow fishing and crawfishing year- 7. We prohibit leaving boats, blinds,
allow deer-archery hunting during the round. We allow trotlines, but you must and decoys unattended.
State archery season, except when tend them at least once every 24 hours 8. We only allow dogs to locate, point,
closed during deer-gun and deer- and reset them when receding water and retrieve when hunting for migratory
muzzleloader hunts. We allow either- levels expose them. You must attach game birds.
sex muzzleloader hunting during the them with a length of cotton line that 9. Youth hunters under age 16 must
first segment of the State season for Area extends into the water. We allow yo-yos, successfully complete a State-approved
1, weekdays only (Monday through but you must attend and only use them hunter education course. While hunting
Friday) and the third weekend in from 1 hour before legal sunrise until 1⁄2 each youth must possess and carry a
December. We allow either-sex, deer- hour after legal sunset. We only allow card or certificate of completion. Each
gun hunting for the Friday, Saturday, recreational gear (slat traps, wire nets, youth hunter must remain within sight
and Sunday immediately following and hoop nets) by refuge Special Use and normal voice contact of an adult age
Thanksgiving Day and for the second Permit and only in Bushley Creek, Big 21 or older. Each adult must possess
weekend following Thanksgiving Day. Bushley Creek, and Little Bushley and carry a refuge permit and may
3. At the Headquarters Unit, we allow Creek. supervise no more than two youth
deer-archery hunting during the State 4. At the Headquarters Unit, we allow hunters.
archery season, except when closed year-round fishing on Cowpen Bayou 10. We prohibit any person or group
during the deer-gun hunt south of the and the Highway 28 borrow pits. We to act as a hunting guide, outfitter, or in
French Fork of the Little River. We only open fishing on the remainder of the any other capacity that any other
allow either-sex, deer-gun hunting on Headquarters Unit including Duck Lake, individual(s) pays or promises to pay
the Friday and Saturday immediately Muddy Bayou, Willow Lake, and the directly or indirectly for services
following Thanksgiving Day on the area Highway 84 borrow pits from March 1 rendered to any other person or persons
south of the French Fork of the Little through October 31. We only allow pole hunting on the refuge, regardless of
River. and line or rod and reel fishing. We whether such payment is for guiding,
4. We allow portable stands and prohibit snagging. outfitting, lodging, or club membership.
climbing stands, but hunters must 5. We allow fishing from 1 hour B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
remove them from the refuge daily (see before legal sunrise until 1⁄2 hour after hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit,
§ 27.93 of this chapter). legal sunset. raccoon, and opossum on designated
5. We prohibit possession of 6. At the Headquarters Unit, we only areas of the refuge in accordance with
buckshot. allow launching of trailered boats at State regulations subject to the
6. We require a minimum of 400 designated boat ramps. You may launch following conditions:
square inches (2,600 cm2) of unbroken small, hand-carried boats at nonboat 1. Conditions A1, A6, A9, and A10
hunter orange as the outermost layer of ramp sites. We prohibit dragging boats apply.
clothing on the chest and back, and in or driving vehicles (see § 27.31 of this 2. We prohibit hunting in the
addition we require a hat or cap of chapter) onto road shoulders to launch ‘‘Beanfield’’ area west of Bayou
unbroken hunter orange. You must wear boats. D’Arbonne after October 31.
the solid hunter-orange items while in 7. We prohibit the taking or
3. We prohibit possession of firearms
the field. possession of all snakes, frogs, turtles,
larger than .22 caliber rimfire, shotgun
7. You may only take one deer per day salamanders, and mollusks by any
slugs, and buckshot while engaged in
during any refuge deer hunt. The State means (see § 27.21 of this chapter).
upland game hunting.
season limits apply.
8. We prohibit organized drives for D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge 4. You may hunt raccoon and
deer and/or hog. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We opossum during the daylight hours of
9. Archery hunters must possess and allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, and rabbit and squirrel season and at night
carry proof of completion of the woodcock on designated areas of the during December and January. You may
International Bowhunters Education refuge in accordance with State use dogs for night hunting. You may
Program. regulations subject to the following take raccoon and opossum on the
10. Youth hunters under age 16 must conditions: refuge, but we prohibit their sale for
successfully complete a State-approved 1. Hunters must possess and carry a human consumption.
hunter education course. While hunting, signed refuge permit. 5. You may use dogs to hunt squirrel
each youth must possess and carry a 2. We prohibit waterfowl hunting in and rabbit after the last refuge Gun Deer
card or certificate of completion. Each the ‘‘Beanfield’’ area west of Bayou Hunt.
youth hunter must remain within sight D’Arbonne and between Holland’s Bluff 6. You may only use horses and mules
and normal voice contact of an adult age Road and the ‘‘Big Powerline’’ east of to hunt raccoon and opossum at night
21 or older. Each adult must possess Bayou D’Arbonne. We mark prohibited after obtaining a special permit at the
and carry a refuge permit and may areas with blue paint and signs. refuge office.

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7. Hunters may enter the refuge no 1. We prohibit leaving boats and other 21 or older. Each adult must possess
earlier than 4 a.m. and must exit no later personal property on the refuge and carry a refuge permit and may
than 2 hours after legal shooting hours. unattended. supervise no more than two youth
8. You may only possess approved 2. You must tend trotlines daily. You hunters during waterfowl hunts.
nontoxic shot while in the field (see must attach ends of trotlines by a length 12. We prohibit any person or group
§ 32.2(k)). This requirement only applies of cotton line that extends into the to act as a hunting guide, outfitter, or in
to the use of shotgun ammunition. water. any other capacity than any other
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow 3. We prohibit commercial fishing. individual(s) pays or promises to pay
hunting of white-tailed deer on Recreational fishing using commercial directly or indirectly for services
designated areas of the refuge in gear (slat traps, etc.) requires a special rendered to any other person or persons
accordance with State regulations refuge permit (that you must possess hunting on the refuge, regardless of
subject to the following conditions: and carry) available at the refuge office. whether such payment is for guiding,
1. Conditions A1, A3 (for gun deer 4. We prohibit the taking of turtle (see outfitting, lodging, or club membership.
hunting), A6, A10, and B7 apply. § 27.21 of this chapter). B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
2. We allow general gun deer hunting hunting of rabbit on designated areas of
on the following days: the first Delta National Wildlife Refuge
the refuge in accordance with State
consecutive Saturday and Sunday of A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We regulations subject to the following
November, the Friday, Saturday, and allow hunting of duck, goose, and coot conditions:
Sunday following Thanksgiving Day, on designated areas of the refuge in 1. The refuge rabbit season opens the
and the second Saturday and Sunday accordance with State regulations day after the State duck season closes
after Thanksgiving Day. We allow subject to the following conditions. and continues through the remainder of
archery deer hunting during the entire 1. We allow waterfowl hunting on the State rabbit season.
State season. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and 2. We restrict hunting to shotgun
3. We allow a restricted Gun Deer Sundays until 12 p.m. (noon), including only.
Hunt for hunters with Class I special teal season, youth waterfowl 3. We allow dogs for rabbit hunting.
Wheelchair Bound Permit issued by the season, and ‘‘light goose’’ special 4. Conditions A4 through A12 (each
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and conservation season. adult may supervise no more than two
Fisheries on the second consecutive 2. We only allow temporary blinds. youth hunters during upland game
Saturday and Sunday of November. You must remove both blinds and hunting), and A13 apply.
Only permitted hunters may carry decoys (see § 27.93 of this chapter) by C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
firearms (see § 27.42 of this chapter). 12 p.m. (noon). hunting of white-tailed deer and hog on
4. The daily bag limit is one antlered 3. We only allow dogs to locate, point, designated areas of the refuge in
and one antlerless deer. The State and retrieve when hunting for migratory accordance with State regulations
season limit applies. game birds. subject to the following conditions:
5. You must check all deer taken 4. Hunters must possess and carry a 1. For archery hunting of deer and
during general Gun Deer Hunts at a valid refuge hunt permit. hogs, conditions A4 through A11, A12
refuge check station between 7 a.m. and 5. We only allow hunting on those (each adult may supervise no more than
7 p.m. on the same day taken unless portions of the refuge that lie northwest one youth hunter during big game
stated otherwise in the annual refuge of Main Pass and south of Raphael Pass. hunting), and A13 apply.
hunting brochure and permit. 6. You may only possess approved 2. We allow archery deer hunting
6. Archery hunters must possess and nontoxic shot while hunting on the October 1 through 31 (either sex) and
carry proof of completion of the refuge (see § 32.2(k)). We prohibit from the day after the close of the State
International Bowhunters Education possession of buckshot, slugs, rifles, or duck season through the end of the State
Program. rifle ammunition. deer archery season.
7. We prohibit leaving deer stands, 7. We prohibit air-thrust boats, 3. Hunters must only use portable
blinds, and other equipment motorized pirogues, mud boats, and air- stands for archery deer hunting.
unattended. cooled propulsion engines on the 4. We prohibit dogs and driving of
8. Deer hunters must wear hunter refuge. deer for archery deer hunting.
orange as per State deer hunting 8. We close all refuge lands between 5. You may only take hog with
regulations on Wildlife Management Raphael Pass and Main Pass to all entry archery equipment.
Areas. during the State waterfowl hunting 6. We prohibit possession or
9. We prohibit hunters placing, or season. distribution of bait or hunting with the
hunting from, stands on pine trees with 9. We prohibit discharge of firearms aid of bait, including any grain, salt,
white painted bands/rings. (see § 27.42 of this chapter) within 250 minerals or other feed or any
10. Youth hunters under age 16 must yards (225 m) of buildings or worksites, nonnaturally occurring attractant on the
successfully complete a State-approved such as oil or gas production facilities. refuge (see § 32.2(h)).
hunter education course. While hunting 10. We allow primitive camping year- D. Sport Fishing. We allow
each youth must possess and carry a round in designated areas (see refuge recreational fishing and crabbing on
card or certificate of completion. Each map). No person or party will remain designated areas of the refuge in
youth hunter must remain within sight camped, nor will any campsite remain accordance with State regulations
and normal voice contact of an adult age established, in excess of 14 consecutive subject to the following conditions:
21 or older. Each adult must possess days. 1. We only allow recreational fishing
and carry a refuge permit and may 11. Youth hunters under age 16 must and crabbing from legal sunrise to legal
supervise no more than one youth successfully complete a State-approved sunset.
hunter. hunter education course. While hunting, 2. We prohibit all commercial
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on each youth must possess and carry a finfishing and shellfishing.
the refuge in accordance with State card or certificate of completion. Each 3. We prohibit the use of trotlines,
regulations subject to the following youth hunter must remain within sight limblines, slat traps, jug lines, nets, or
conditions: and normal voice contact of an adult age alligator lines.

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4. Condition A8, A11, and A13 13. We prohibit blocking of gates or Concrete Bridge Unit (see refuge
(fishing guide) applies. trails (see § 27.31(h) of this chapter) brochure).
5. We prohibit the taking of turtle (see with vehicles or ATVs. 3. The hunter must permanently
§ 27.21 of this chapter). 14. We prohibit ATVs on trails/roads attach their name, address, and phone
(see § 27.31 of this chapter) not number to all deer stands.
Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge
specifically designated by signs for ATV 4. We prohibit hunters to drive deer
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We use. or to use pursuit dogs. We prohibit the
allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, 15. We only allow nonmotorized use of dogs to trail wounded deer.
mourning dove, and woodcock on boats. 5. We only allow archery equipment
designated areas of the refuge on 16. We allow incidental take of during designated seasons.
designated areas (shown on the refuge raccoon, feral hog, beaver, nutria, and 6. We require hunters to complete and
hunting brochure map) in accordance coyote while you are hunting migratory possess and carry proof of completion of
with State regulations subject to the birds, upland game, or big game, with the International Bowhunters’ Safety
following conditions: weapons legal for that hunt only. Course.
1. We require hunters/anglers age 16 17. We only allow waterfowl (duck, 7. You may kill one deer of either sex
and older to purchase and carry a signed goose, coot) hunting on Wednesdays per day during the deer season.
refuge hunting/fishing/ATV permit. and Saturdays until 12 p.m. (noon) 8. Youth hunters under age 16 must
2. Hunters must fill out a free daily during the Statewide duck season. successfully complete a State-approved
‘‘check-in’’ and ‘‘check out’’ refuge 18. We only allow the use of shotguns hunter education course. While hunting,
hunting permit obtained at designated while waterfowl hunting. each youth must possess and carry a
check stations and must properly 19. We prohibit the construction or card or certificate of completion. Each
display the associated windshield use of permanent blinds. youth hunter must remain within sight
permit while in parking lots. 20. You must remove all decoys, and normal voice contact of an adult age
3. The refuge opens at 4 a.m. and portable blinds, and boats (see § 27.93 of 21 or older. Each adult may supervise
closes 1 hour after legal sunset. this chapter) daily. no more than two youth hunters.
4. Youth hunters under age 16 must 21. We only allow incidental take of D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing
successfully complete a State-approved mourning dove while migratory bird and seasonal take of crawfish in
hunter education course. While hunting, hunting on days open to waterfowl designated waters of the refuge as
each youth must possess and carry a hunting. shown on the crawfish permit map in
card or certificate of completion. Each 22. We only allow dogs to locate, accordance with State regulations
youth hunter must remain within sight point, and retrieve when hunting for subject to the following conditions:
and normal voice contact of an adult age migratory game birds. 1. Conditions A1, A5, A6, A8, A10,
21 or older. Each adult may supervise B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow A13 through A15, and A20 (remove
no more than two youth hunters during hunting of rabbit on designated areas of boats [see § 27.93 of this chapter] daily)
waterfowl hunts. the refuge as shown on the refuge apply.
5. You may only enter and exit the hunting brochure map in accordance 2. We only allow fishing in Coulee
refuge from designated parking lots. with State regulations subject to the Des Grues along Little California Road.
6. We prohibit camping or parking following conditions: 3. We only allow fishing with pole
overnight on the refuge. 1. Conditions A1 through A16 and and line.
7. We prohibit discharge of firearms A20 apply. 4. We prohibit leaving parking areas
(see § 27.42 of this chapter) except when 2. We allow rabbit hunting from to fish until legal sunrise.
hunting. December 1 until the end of the 5. We allow fishing and crawfishing
8. We prohibit marking of trails with Statewide season. from legal sunrise to legal sunset.
nonbiodegradable flagging tape. 3. We only allow use of shotguns 6. We allow crawfishing from April 1
9. We allow use of ATVs on during designated hunts. through July 31, subject to available
designated trails (see § 27.31 of this 4. We only allow rabbit dogs after the water in designated areas as depicted on
chapter) from the first Saturday in close of the State deer rifle season. the crawfish permit map available at
September to the last day of the State 5. We require the owner’s name and refuge headquarters.
rabbit season. An ATV is an off-road phone number on the collars of all dogs. 7. We require anglers to take crawfish
vehicle with factory specifications not 6. You may only possess approved using pyramid nets with webbing made
to exceed the following: weight 750 nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) for upland of cotton or nylon. We prohibit wire
pounds (337.5 kg), length 85 inches game hunting. This requirement only traps.
(212.5 cm), and width 48 inches (120 applies to the use of shotgun 8. You may harvest 100 lbs. (45 kg.)
cm). We restrict ATV tires to those no ammunition. of crawfish per vehicle per day.
larger than 25 x 12 with a maximum 1 7. We allow the use of .22 caliber or 9. We prohibit sale of crawfish taken
inch (2.5 cm) lug height and a maximum less rimfire rifles and 12 gauge or higher from the refuge.
allowable tire pressure of 7 psi as shotguns to hunt upland game. 10. We prohibit glass containers on
indicated on the tire by the C. Big Game Hunting. We allow the refuge.
manufacturer. hunting of white-tailed deer on 11. You must remove all crawfishing
10. We prohibit horses and mules. designated areas of the refuge as shown gear (see § 27.93 of this chapter) from
11. We prohibit hunting within 150 on the refuge hunting brochure map in refuge property after each day’s visit.
feet (45 m) of any public road, refuge accordance with State regulations 12. We prohibit possession of cleaned
road, trail or ATV trail, building, subject to the following conditions: or processed fish on the refuge.
residence, above-ground oil or gas or 1. Conditions A1 through A16 and
electrical transmission facilities, or A20 apply. Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge
designated public facility. 2. We allow archery-only deer A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
12. We prohibit transport of loaded hunting on the refuge from October 1 allow hunting of goose, duck, gallinule,
weapons on an ATV (see § 27.42(b) of through October 31 in the Gremillion and coot on designated areas of the
this chapter). Unit, Island of the Owls Unit, and refuge in accordance with State

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regulations subject to the following 1. Conditions A1, A6, A8 (each adult 11. We only allow fishing with rod
conditions: may supervise no more than one youth and reel or pole and line on refuge
1. Hunters must possess and carry a hunter during big game hunts), A9, A11, waters.
refuge hunting permit. and A12 apply. 12. We prohibit the taking of turtle
2. We only allow hunting on 2. We only allow archery hunting for (see § 27.21 of this chapter).
designated areas of the refuge. These white-tailed deer from October 1
areas include the marshes south of the Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge
through October 31.
Intracoastal Waterway and the area east 3. We prohibit entrance to the hunting A. Hunting of Migratory Birds. We
of the Lacassine Bayou excluding Unit area earlier than 4 a.m. Hunters must allow hunting of duck, goose, coot,
B (lottery hunt area west of Streeter leave no later than 1 hour after legal woodcock, and snipe on designated
Road), Unit F, and the headquarters area sunset. areas of the refuge as shown on the
along Streeter Road (see refuge map). 4. Each bowhunter must possess and refuge hunting brochure map in
3. We allow hunting Wednesdays carry a Bowhunter Education Certificate accordance with State regulations
through Sundays of the State teal and indicating completion of the State subject to the following conditions:
duck seasons (Western Zone). We close bowhunter safety class. 1. We require hunters/anglers age 16
the refuge to hunting during the ‘‘goose 5. The daily bag limit is one deer per and older to purchase and carry a signed
only’’ waterfowl season. State daily and day (either sex). The State season limits refuge hunting/fishing/ATV permit.
season harvest limits apply. apply. 2. Hunters must fill out a free daily
4. We prohibit entering the hunting 6. We prohibit hunting in the ‘‘check-in’’ and ‘‘check out’’ refuge
area earlier than 4 a.m., and shooting headquarters area along Nature Road hunting permit obtained at designated
hours end at 12 p.m. (noon) each day. and along the Lacassine Pool Wildlife check stations and must properly
5. We only allow firearms (see § 27.42 Drive (see refuge map). display associated windshield permit
of this chapter) legal for waterfowl 7. We only allow boats with motors of while in the parking lots.
hunting in the refuge hunting area. 25 hp or less in Lacassine Pool. 3. The refuge opens at 4 a.m. and
6. We prohibit all boat motors, 8. We prohibit boats in Lacassine Pool closes 1 hour after legal sunset.
including trolling motors, in refuge 4. Youth hunters under age 16 must
and Unit D from October 16 through
marshes. We prohibit air-thrust boats successfully complete a State-approved
March 14. We prohibit boats in Units A
and ATVs on the refuge (see § 27.31(f) hunter education course. While hunting,
and C.
of this chapter). each youth must possess and carry a
9. We allow only foot access to the
7. We prohibit hunting closer than card or certificate of completion. Each
Unit F area.
150 feet (45 m) to a canal or waterway, youth hunter must remain within sight
10. We prohibit firearms while deer
and hunting parties must maintain a and normal voice contact of an adult age
hunting or scouting.
distance of no less than 150 yards (135 21 or older. Each adult may supervise
11. We allow the use of crossbows for
m) apart. no more than two youth hunters during
8. Youth hunters under age 16 must hunters age 60 or older, or hunters with
waterfowl hunts.
successfully complete a State-approved a State handicapped crossbow permit. 5. You may only enter and exit the
hunter education course. While hunting, 12. We prohibit possession or refuge from designated parking lots.
each youth must possess and carry a distribution of bait or hunting with the 6. We prohibit camping or parking
card or certificate of completion. Each aid of bait, including any grain, salt, overnight on the refuge.
youth hunter must remain within sight minerals, or other feed on any 7. We prohibit marking of trails with
and normal voice contact of an adult age nonnaturally occurring attractant on the nonbiodegradable flagging tape.
21 or older. Each adult must possess refuge (see § 32.2(h)). 8. We allow use of ATVs on
and carry a refuge permit and may D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on designated trails (see § 27.31 of this
supervise no more than two youth designated areas of the refuge in chapter) from the first Saturday in
hunters during waterfowl hunts. accordance with State regulations September until the last day of refuge
9. You must remove all hunting- subject to the following conditions: turkey season. We define ATV as an off-
related equipment (see § 27.93 of this 1. Conditions A11, C7, and C8 apply. road vehicle with factory specifications
chapter) immediately following each 2. We allow fishing March 15 through not to exceed the following: weight 750
day’s hunt. October 15. lbs. (337.5 kg), length 85 inches (212.5
10. Only selected lottery hunt 3. You may enter the refuge 1 hour cm), and width-48 inches (120 cm). We
applicants may hunt on the designated before legal sunrise, and you must leave restrict ATV tires to those no larger than
lottery hunt area (Unit B) of the refuge. 1 hour after legal sunset. 25 x 12 with a maximum 1 inch (2.5 cm)
We designate hunt days on the lottery 4. We prohibit fishing in the lug height and a maximum allowable
hunt for seniors and youth of the second headquarters display pond. tire pressure of 7 psi (3.15 kg) as
split of the State duck season (Western 5. We prohibit bank fishing on the indicated on the tire by the
Zone). You must contact the refuge Lacassine Pool Wildlife Drive. manufacturer.
office concerning the application 6. We prohibit air-thrust boats, ATVs, 9. We prohibit horses or mules.
process. and Jet Skis on the refuge (see § 27.31(f) 10. We prohibit hunting within 150
11. We prohibit overnight camping on of this chapter). feet (45 m) of any designated road, ATV
the refuge. 7. We prohibit dragging or driving of or hiking trail, or refuge facility.
12. We prohibit possession of alcohol boats over levees. 11. We prohibit transport of loaded
in the hunt areas during the hunting 8. You must only launch trailered weapons on an ATV (see § 27.42(b) of
season. boats at the cement ramps at the public this chapter).
B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved] boat launches in Lacassine Pool. 12. We prohibit blocking of gates or
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow 9. We only allow boats powered by trails (see § 27.31(h) of this chapter)
hunting of white-tailed deer on paddling or trolling motors in the Unit with vehicles or ATVs.
designated areas of the refuge in D impoundment within Lacassine Pool. 13. We prohibit all other hunting
accordance with State regulations 10. We prohibit motors in the refuge during special youth and muzzleloader-
subject to the following conditions: marshes outside of Lacassine Pool. quota deer hunts.

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14. We allow incidental take of archery season, except during the youth 6. We prohibit possession of
raccoon, feral hog, beaver, nutria, and and muzzleloader deer hunts, when we largemouth bass less than 14 inches
coyote while migratory bird hunting, prohibit archery hunting. long (35 cm) and black and white
upland game hunting, and big game 4. We allow archery deer hunting in crappie less than 10 inches long (25
hunting with weapons legal for that Hunt Units 1B and 2B from October 1 cm).
hunt. through November 30. 8. We prohibit cleaned or processed
15. We allow motors up to 25 hp from 5. We allow youth deer hunting in all fish on the refuge.
the first Saturday in September through units during the State youth deer 9. We allow use of ATVs on the Duck
January 31 in Possum Bayou (North of season. Lake ATV trail from March 15 through
Boat Ramp), Palmetto Bayou, and 6. We only allow portable deer stands. October 15.
Nicholas Lake. 7. We prohibit the use of organized
drives for taking or attempting to take Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge
16. We only allow electric-powered or
nonmotorized boats in Westcut Lake, game or using pursuit dogs. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
Duck Lake, Dooms Lake, Point Basse 8. We only allow archery equipment allow hunting of migratory game birds
Lakes, Lake Long, and Possum Bayou during designated seasons. in designated areas of the refuge in
(South of Boat Ramp). 9. Hunters must complete, possess, accordance with State regulations
17. We only allow waterfowl (duck, and carry proof of completion of the subject to the following conditions:
goose, coot) hunting on Tuesdays, International Bowhunters’ Safety 1. We allow hunting of migratory
Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays Course. game birds on Wednesdays and
until 12 p.m. (noon) during the 10. We prohibit the use of dogs to trail Saturdays until 12 p.m. (noon). Hunters
Statewide duck season. wounded deer. may only enter the refuge after 4 a.m.
18. We only allow the use of shotguns 11. We allow nonmotorized boats in 2. Prior to hunting, we must assign a
while waterfowl hunting. Lake Ophelia from November 1 through refuge blind and issue a refuge lottery
19. You must remove all decoys, 30. waterfowl permit to any person
portable blinds, and boats (see § 27.93 of 12. You may kill one deer of either entering, using, or occupying the refuge
this chapter) daily. sex per day during the deer season, for hunting migratory game birds. You
20. We only allow dogs to locate, except during the deer quota hunts, may only hunt from your assigned
point, and retrieve when hunting for when you may only kill one deer of blind.
migratory game birds. either sex during the entire quota hunt 3. Youth hunters under age 16 must
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow period. successfully complete a State-approved
hunting of squirrel and rabbit on 13. We require a minimum of 400 hunter education course. While hunting,
designated areas of the refuge as shown square inches (2,600 cm2) of unbroken each youth must possess and carry a
on the refuge hunting brochure map in hunter orange as the outermost layer of card or certificate of completion. Each
accordance with State regulations clothing on the chest and back, and in youth hunter must remain within sight
subject to the following conditions: addition we require a hat or cap of and normal voice contact of an adult age
1. Conditions A1 through A16 and unbroken hunter orange during all deer 21 or older. Each adult can supervise no
A19 apply. gun hunts and the quota muzzleloaders more than two refuge-permitted youth
2. We allow squirrel and rabbit deer hunts. hunters. We require all adult
hunting in Hunt Unit 2B from 14. Youth hunters under age 16 must supervisors and hunters of migratory
November 1 through November 30. successfully complete a State-approved game birds to possess and carry a State
3. We only allow squirrel and rabbit hunter education course. While hunting, Hunter Safety Course certificate.
dogs after the close of the State deer rifle each youth must possess and carry a 4. All hunters must check-in and
season. We allow no more than two card or certificate of completion. Each check out at a refuge self-clearing check
dogs per hunting party. youth hunter must remain within sight station. Each hunter must list their
4. Dog owners must place their name and normal voice contact of an adult age name and certificate number on the self-
and phone number on the collars of all 21 or older. Each adult may only clearing check station form and deposit
their dogs. supervise one youth hunter during big the form at a refuge self-clearing check
5. You may only possess approved game hunts. station prior to hunting. Hunters must
nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) for upland D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in report all game taken on the refuge
game hunting. This requirement only designated areas as described in the when checking out by using the self-
applies to the use of shotgun refuge hunting brochure in accordance clearing check station form.
ammunition. with State regulations subject to the 5. We allow no more than three
6. We allow the use of .22 caliber or following conditions: hunters to hunt from a blind at one
less rimfire rifles and 12 gauge or higher 1. Conditions A1, A3, A5 through A9, time.
shotguns to hunt upland game. A16, and A19 (remove boats [see § 27.93 6. We prohibit firearms (see § 27.42 of
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow of this chapter]) apply. this chapter) other than those used to
hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey 2. We allow sport fishing in Duck take migratory game birds in boats or in
on designated areas of the refuge as Lake, Westcut Lake, Possum Bayou, the possession of migratory game bird
shown on the refuge hunting brochure Lake Long, and the immediate vicinity hunters.
map in accordance with State of the Lake St. Agnes drainage culverts 7. We prohibit air-thrust boats or
regulations subject to the following on the Red River. marsh buggies on the refuge. We restrict
conditions: 3. We prohibit the use of gear or motorized boat use to existing canals,
1. Conditions A1 through A3, A5 equipment other than hook and line to ditches, trenasses, and ponds.
through 16, and A19 apply. catch bait fish. B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]
2. We require hunters to permanently 4. We allow fishing from March 1 C. Big Game Hunting. We allow the
attach their name, address, and phone through October 15 from legal sunrise to hunting of white-tailed deer and feral
number to the deer stand. legal sunset. hog on designated areas of the refuge in
3. We allow archery hunting from 5. You must attend yo-yos (within accordance with State regulations
November 1 to the end of the State sight) at all times. subject to the following conditions:

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1. We open the refuge to hunting of 4. We allow waterfowl hunting until 8. Youth hunters age 15 and under
deer and hog during the State deer 12 p.m. (noon) during the State season. must successfully complete a State-
season, except prior to 12 p.m. (noon) 5. Hunters may enter the refuge no approved hunter education course.
on Wednesdays and Saturdays during earlier than 3 a.m. While hunting, each youth must possess
State waterfowl seasons, when we close 6. We prohibit hunting within 150 and carry a card or certificate of
areas north of the Intra-Coastal feet (45 m) of any public road, refuge completion. Each youth hunter must
Waterway to hunting of big game. road, trail or ATV trail, residence, remain within sight and normal voice
2. Hunters may only enter the refuge building, aboveground oil or gas or contact of an adult age 21 or older. Each
after 4 a.m. and must exit by 1 hour after electrical transmission facilities, or adult can supervise no more than one
legal sunset. designated public facility. youth hunter.
3. You may take big game with 7. We prohibit leaving boats, blinds, C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
archery equipment and in accordance and decoys unattended. hunting of white-tailed deer on
with State law. You may only take one 8. We only allow dogs to locate, point, designated areas of the refuge in
deer of either sex per day, and hunters and retrieve when hunting for migratory accordance with State regulations
may only possess one deer. The State game birds. subject to the following conditions:
season limits on deer apply. There is no 9. Youth hunters age 15 and under 1. Conditions A1, A7, A8, and B7
daily or possession limit on the number must successfully complete a State- apply.
of feral hogs. approved hunter education course. 2. We only allow archery hunting.
4. All hunters must possess and carry While hunting, each youth must possess 3. We allow deer hunting on all refuge
proof of completion of the International and carry a card or certificate of lands except the areas within the
Bowhunters’ Education Program when completion. Each youth hunter must Headquarters Focus Area in Bossier
hunting. remain within sight and normal voice Parish and north of Interstate 49 within
5. We prohibit possession or contact of an adult age 21 or older. Each the Spanish Lake Focus Area in
distribution of bait or hunting with the adult can supervise no more than two Natchitoches Parish.
aid of bait, including any grain, salt, youth hunters. 4. The daily bag limit is one deer of
minerals or other feed, or any 10. We prohibit any person or group either sex. The State season limit
nonnaturally occurring attractant on the to act as a hunting guide, outfitter, or in applies.
refuge (see § 32.2(h)). any other capacity that any other 5. Archery hunters must possess and
6. Condition A7 applies. individual(s) pays or promises to pay carry proof of completion of the
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in directly or indirectly for services International Bowhunters’ Education
all refuge waters in accordance with rendered to any other person or persons Program.
State regulations subject to the hunting on the refuge, regardless of 6. We prohibit leaving deer stands,
following conditions: whether such payment is for guiding, blinds, and other equipment
1. We only allow recreational fishing. unattended.
outfitting, lodging, or club membership.
We prohibit commercial fishing on the B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 7. We prohibit hunters placing stands
refuge. hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit, or hunting from stands on pine trees
2. We prohibit the use of unattended
raccoon, and opossum on designated with white painted bands/rings.
nets, traps, or lines (trot, jog, bush, etc.). 8. Youth hunters age 15 and under
3. We only allow fishing in refuge areas of the refuge in accordance with
State regulations subject to the must successfully complete a State-
canals during the period of October 1 to
following conditions: approved hunter education course.
January 31.
4. We close the refuge to any 1. Conditions A1, A7, and A8 apply. While hunting, each youth must possess
nighttime activities unless specifically 2. We allow hunting on all refuge and carry a card or certificate of
stated. lands except the areas within the completion. Each youth hunter must
5. Condition A7 applies. Headquarters Focus Area in Bossier remain within sight and normal voice
6. We prohibit the taking of turtle (see Parish and north of Interstate 49 within contact of an adult age 21 or older. Each
§ 27.21 of this chapter). the Spanish Lakes Focus Area in adult can supervise no more than one
Natchitoches Parish. youth hunter.
Red River National Wildlife Refuge 3. We prohibit the possession of D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We firearms (see § 27.42 of this chapter) designated areas of the refuge in
allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, larger than .22 caliber rimfire, shotgun accordance with State regulations
woodcock, and dove on designated slugs, and buckshot. subject to the following conditions:
areas of the refuge in accordance with 4. We allow hunting of raccoon and 1. We prohibit leaving boats and other
State regulations subject to the opossum during the daylight hours of personal property on the refuge
following conditions: rabbit and squirrel season. We allow unattended.
1. Hunters must possess and carry a night hunting during December and 2. We prohibit boat launching with
signed refuge permit. January, and you may use dogs for night motors greater than 50 hp on all refuge
2. We allow waterfowl and woodcock hunting. We prohibit selling of raccoon waters.
hunting on all refuge lands except the and opossum taken on the refuge for 3. You must tend trotlines daily. You
areas within the Headquarters Focus human consumption. must attach ends of trotlines by a length
Area in Bossier Parish and north of 5. We allow use of dogs to hunt of cotton line that extends into the
Interstate 49 within the Spanish Lake squirrel and rabbit after the last refuge water.
Focus Area in Natchitoches Parish. Gun Deer Hunt. 4. We prohibit commercial fishing.
3. We only allow dove hunting during 6. If you want to use horses and mules Recreational fishing using commercial
the first 3 days of the State season on to hunt raccoon and opossum at night, gear (slat traps, etc.) requires a special
all refuge lands except the areas within you must first obtain a special permit at refuge permit (that you must possess
the Headquarters Focus Area in Bossier the refuge office. and carry) available at the refuge office.
Parish and north of Interstate 49 within 7. Hunters may enter the refuge no 5. We prohibit the taking of alligator
the Spanish Lake Focus Area in earlier than 3 a.m. and no later than 2 snapping turtle (see § 27.21 of this
Natchitoches Parish. hours after legal shooting hours. chapter).

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Sabine National Wildlife Refuge 150 feet (45 m) of refuge canals, public i. You must only take crabs with
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We roads, buildings, above-ground oil or gas cotton hand lines or drop nets with up
allow hunting of duck, goose (except or electrical transmission facilities, or to 24″ (60 cm) outside diameter.
Canada goose), and coot on areas designated public facility. ii. You must remove all hand lines,
designated by signs stating ‘‘Waterfowl 13. You must only use portable blinds drop nets, and bait (see § 27.93 of this
Hunting Only’’ and delineated on the and those made of native vegetation. chapter) from the refuge upon leaving.
refuge regulations and permit brochure You must remove portable blinds, iii. We allow a daily limit on crabs of
map in accordance with State decoys, spent shells, and all other 5 dozen (60) per vehicle or boat.
regulations subject to the following personal equipment (see §§ 27.93 and 8. Cast Netting: We only allow cast
conditions: 27.94 of this chapter) each day. netting in designated areas of the refuge
1. We require all hunters to possess 14. We only allow dogs to locate, during the Louisiana Inland Shrimp
and carry a signed refuge permit. point, and retrieve when hunting for Season subject to the following
2. We only allow waterfowl hunting migratory game birds. conditions:
on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and 15. We require you to complete and i. We require each individual,
Sundays during the special teal season return a waterfowl harvest data form to regardless of age, to possess and carry a
and during the regular waterfowl the check station or designated drop box signed refuge cast-netting permit.
season. after each hunt. ii. An adult age 21 or older must
3. We only allow hunters to enter the 16. We prohibit any person or group directly supervise all youth hunters age
refuge and launch boats after 3 a.m. All to act as a hunting guide, outfitter, or in 17 and under.
participants must be out of the refuge any other capacity that any other iii. We only allow cast netting from 12
hunt areas and back at West Cove Public individual(s) pays or promises to pay p.m. (noon) to legal sunset.
Use Area by 12 p.m. (noon). directly or indirectly for services iv. If you use a cast net, it must not
4. We prohibit hunting on Christmas rendered to any other person or persons exceed a 5 foot (1.5 m) hanging radius.
Day or New Year’s Day should these hunting on the refuge, regardless of v. We only allow recreational cast
days fall on a designated hunt day. whether such payment is for guiding, netting for shrimp. You must
5. Youth hunters age 17 and under outfitting, lodging, or club membership. immediately return all fish, crabs, or
must successfully complete a State- 17. We prohibit all-terrain vehicles other incidental take (by catch) to the
approved hunter education course. (ATVs) (see § 27.31(f) of this chapter). water before continuing to cast net.
While hunting, each youth must possess vi. We allow a daily shrimp limit of
B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]
and carry a card or certificate of 5 gallons (19 L) of heads-on shrimp per
C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved]
completion. Each youth hunter must day, per vehicle, or per boat.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing,
remain within sight and normal voice vii. Shrimp must remain in your
crabbing, and cast netting in designated
contact of an adult age 21 or older. Each actual custody while on the refuge.
areas of the refuge in accordance with viii. You must cast net from the bank
adult may supervise no more than two State regulations subject to the
refuge-permitted youth hunters. and wharves at Northline, Hog Island
following conditions: Gully, and 1A–1B Public Use Areas or
6. We prohibit nonhunters entering
1. Bank and wharf access for fishing at sites along Hwy. 27 that provide safe
the refuge hunt areas, with the
are available year-round at the Public access and that we do not post and sign
exception of youth age 15 or under
Use Areas along State Highway 27. You as closed areas.
experiencing the hunt with their parent
may only access the refuge by boat ix. We prohibit cast netting at or
or guardian.
during the March 15 to October 15 open around the West Cove Public Use Area
7. You may access the hunt areas via
period. or on or around any boat launch.
the boat launches at the West Cove
2. We allow use of rod and reel, pole x. You may cast net from a boat
Public Use Area, by vehicle on Vastar
and line, or jug and line. We prohibit throughout the refuge except where
Road, and at designated turnouts within
the use or possession of any other type posted and signed as closed.
the refuge public hunt area along State
of fishing gear, including limb lines, gill xi. We prohibit reserving a place or
Highway 27 (see § 27.31 of this chapter).
nets, or trot lines. We limit jug and line saving a space for yourself or others by
We prohibit refuge entrance through
to 10 per boat, and you must attend any means to include placing
adjacent private property or using the
them at all times. You must mark all unattended equipment in designated
refuge to access private property or
jugs with the attendant’s fishing license cast-netting areas.
leases.
8. We only allow launching of boats number and remove them (see § 27.93 of xii. We prohibit swimming in the
on trailers at West Cove Public Use this chapter) from the refuge daily. refuge canals or wading into canals to
Area. We allow hand launching of small 3. You must only launch boats with cast net.
boats along Vastar Road (no trailers motors at the designated boat ramps at 9. We prohibit the taking of turtle (see
permitted). the Hog Island Gully and West Cove § 27.21 of this chapter).
9. We prohibit dragging boats across Public Use Areas.
4. You must launch nonmotorized Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
the levee.
10. We only allow operation of boats at the 1A–1B Public Use Area. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
outboard motors in designated refuge 5. We only allow operation of allow hunting of duck, coot, woodcock,
canals and Old North Bayou. We allow outboard motors in designated refuge and snipe on designated areas of the
trolling motors within the refuge canals, Old North Bayou, and refuge in accordance with State
marshes. Management Unit 3 (40 hp maximum in regulations subject to the following
11. We prohibit air-thrust boats, Unit 3). We allow trolling motors within conditions:
personal motorized watercraft (e.g., Jet the refuge marshes. 1. We allow hunting of duck and coot
Skis), or boats with air-cooled 6. Conditions A9, A11, A16 (fishing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and
propulsion engines (Go-Devil-type guide), and A17 apply. Sundays until 12 p.m. (noon) during the
motors). 7. Crabbing: We allow crabbing in State season. We prohibit migratory bird
12. We prohibit hunting within 300 designated areas of the refuge subject to hunting during refuge gun hunts for
feet (90 m) of another hunter or within the following conditions: deer.

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2. We allow hunting of woodcock on 12. We prohibit use and possession of while on the refuge (see § 32.2(k)). This
designated areas of the refuge in any type of trail-marking material. requirement only applies to the use of
accordance with State regulations. 13. We prohibit use of organized shotgun ammunition.
3. We allow hunters to enter the drives for taking or attempting to take C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
refuge no earlier than 4 a.m. game. hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey
4. In areas posted ‘‘Area Closed’’ or 14. We require a refuge access permit on designated areas of the refuge in
‘‘No Hunting Zone,’’ we prohibit for all migratory bird hunts. You may accordance with State regulations
hunting of migratory birds at any time. find permits on the front of the Public subject to the following conditions:
We also close open fields, marked on Use Regulations brochure. 1. Deer archery season will begin the
the Public Use Regulations brochure 15. Youth hunters under age 16 must first Saturday in November and will
map, to migratory bird hunting. You successfully complete a State-approved conclude on the last day of the State
may obtain the Public Use Regulations hunter education course. While hunting archery season (typically January 31).
brochure at the refuge headquarters in each youth must possess and carry a We require that archery hunters,
July. card or certificate of completion. Each including crossbow hunters, possess
5. We prohibit shooting to unload youth hunter must remain within sight and carry proof of completion of the
guns or muzzleloaders (see § 27.42(a) of and normal voice contact of an adult age International Bowhunters Safety course.
this chapter) on the refuge at any time. 21 or older. Each adult can supervise no We prohibit archery hunting during the
6. Hunters must remove all blind more than two youth hunters during following: refuge and youth gun hunt,
materials and decoys (see § 27.93 of this waterfowl hunts. muzzleloader hunt, and modern
chapter) each day. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow firearms hunt.
7. We allow nonmotorized boats, hunting of raccoon, squirrel, and rabbit 2. Deer muzzleloader season lasts 3
electric motors, and boats with motors on designated areas of the refuge in days, on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
10 hp or less in refuge lakes, streams, accordance with State regulations between the two refuge modern firearms
and bayous. We prohibit storage of boats subject to the following conditions: hunts. We allow in-line muzzleloaders
on the refuge, and you must remove 1. We allow raccoon hunting and magnified scopes.
them (see § 27.93 of this chapter) daily. beginning January 1 and typically 3. We will conduct two 2-day quota
8. We require all waterfowl hunters to ending the first week in February. We modern firearms hunts for deer,
report their game immediately after each allow raccoon hunters to hunt from typically in the months of November
hunt at the check station nearest to the legal sunset to legal sunrise with the aid and December. Hunt dates and permit
point of take. of dogs, horses, mules, and use of lights. application procedures will be available
9. We prohibit possession or We only allow such use of lights on the at refuge headquarters in July. Hunters
distribution of bait or hunting with the refuge at the point of kill. We prohibit may use a muzzleloader during this
aid of bait, including any grain, salt, all other use of lights for hunting on the hunt.
minerals or other feed, or any refuge. Hunt dates will be available at 4. We will conduct a 2-day population
nonnaturally occurring attractant on the refuge headquarters in July. We prohibit control quota youth deer hunt in the
refuge (see § 32.2(h)). ATVs during the raccoon hunt. Greenlea Bend area typically in
10. We allow all-terrain vehicle travel 2. We allow squirrel and rabbit December. Hunt dates and permit
on designated trails (see § 27.31 of this hunting with and without dogs. We will application procedures will be available
chapter) for access typically from allow hunting without dogs from the at the refuge headquarters in July.
September 15 to the last day of the State beginning of the State season and 5. We will conduct a refugewide
squirrel season. We open designated typically ending the day before the youth deer hunt the weekend before
trails from 4 a.m. until no later than 2 refuge deer muzzleloader hunt. We do Thanksgiving Day. Each participating
hours after legal sunset unless otherwise not require wearing of hunter orange youth hunter must be age 8 to15 and
specified. We define an ATV as an off- during the squirrel and rabbit hunt supervised by an adult who is at least
road vehicle (not legal for highway use) without dogs. Squirrel and rabbit age 21.
with factory specifications not to exceed hunting, with or without dogs, will 6. You may only take one deer per day
the following: weight 750 pounds (337.5 begin the day after the refuge deer during refuge deer hunts. The State
kg), length 85 inches (212.5 cm), and muzzleloader hunt and will conclude season limit applies.
width 48 inches (120 cm). We restrict the last day of the State squirrel season. 7. We allow turkey hunting the first
ATV tires to those no larger than 25 x 3. We close squirrel and rabbit 16 days of the State turkey season. We
12 with a maximum 1 inch (2.5 cm) lug hunting during the following gun hunts will conduct a youth turkey hunt the
height and a maximum allowable tire for deer: refugewide youth hunt, Saturday and Sunday before the regular
pressure of 7 psi as indicated on the tire muzzleloader hunt, and modern State turkey season. You may harvest
by the manufacturer. We require an firearms hunts. two bearded turkeys per season. We
affixed refuge all-terrain vehicle permit 4. We allow hunters to enter the allow the possession of lead shot while
obtained from the refuge headquarters refuge after 4 a.m., and they must depart turkey hunting on the refuge (see
(typically in July). Disabled hunters no later than 2 hours after legal sunset § 32.2(k)). You may use nonmotorized
using the refuge handicapped all-terrain unless they are participating in the bicycles on designated all-terrain
trails must possess and carry the State’s refuge raccoon hunt. vehicle trails (see § 27.31 of this
Disabled Hunter Permit. Additional 5. Conditions A5, A7, A8 (all upland chapter).
handicapped or disabled access game hunters), A9, A10, A11, A12, A14 8. Conditions A5, A7, A8 (deer and
information will be available at the (upland game hunts), and A15 (upland turkey hunters), A9 through A14 (deer
refuge headquarters. game hunts) apply. and turkey hunters), A15 (each adult
11. We prohibit hunting within 150 6. In areas posted ‘‘Area Closed’’ or can supervise no more than one youth
feet (45 m) of any public road, refuge ‘‘No Hunting Zone,’’ we prohibit upland hunter during big game hunts), and B4
road, trail or ATV trail, building, game hunting at any time. apply.
residence, above-ground oil or gas or 7. We allow .22 caliber rimfire 9. In areas posted ‘‘Area Closed’’ or
electrical transmission facilities, or weapons for upland game. You may ‘‘No Hunting Zone,’’ we prohibit big
designated public facility. only possess approved nontoxic shot game hunting at all times. We close

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open fields, which we mark on the 3. We allow woodcock hunting west 4. We allow hunting of raccoon and
Public Use Regulations brochure map, of the Ouachita River. We allow opossum during the daylight hours of
during the deer muzzleloader and deer woodcock hunting on the east side of rabbit and squirrel season. We allow
modern firearms hunts; but we open the Ouachita River outside the Mollicy night hunting during December and
those fields for deer archery hunting. levee, west of Kelby Road, and south of January, and you may use dogs for night
We prohibit shooting into or across any School Board South Road within the hunting. We prohibit selling of raccoon
open field with a gun. levee. and opossum taken on the refuge for
10. We allow shotguns equipped with 4. We only allow dove hunting during human consumption.
a single piece magazine plug that allows the first 3 days of the State season east 5. We allow use of dogs to hunt
the gun to hold no more than two shells of the Ouachita River outside the squirrel and rabbit after the last refuge
in the magazine and one in the chamber. Mollicy levee, west of Kelby Road, and Gun Deer Hunt.
11. We only allow shotgun hunters to south of School Board South Road 6. If you want to use horses and mules
use rifled slugs when hunting deer. within the levee. to hunt raccoon and opossum at night,
12. We prohibit possession of 5. We allow waterfowl hunting until you must first obtain a special permit at
buckshot while on the refuge. 12 p.m. (noon) during the State season. the refuge office.
13. You must remove all stands, blind 6. We will hold a limited lottery hunt 7. Hunters may enter the refuge no
materials, and decoys from the refuge during the State Youth Waterfowl Hunt. earlier than 3 a.m. and must exit no later
following each day (see § 27.93 of this Application instructions are available at than 2 hours after legal shooting hours.
chapter). the refuge office. 8. Youth hunters under age 16 must
14. We require a minimum of 400 7. Hunters may enter the refuge no successfully complete a State-approved
square inches (2,600 cm2) of unbroken earlier than 3 a.m. hunter education course. While hunting,
hunter orange as the outermost layer of 8. We prohibit hunting within 150 each youth must possess and carry a
clothing on the chest and back, and in feet (45 m) of any public road, refuge card or certificate of completion. Each
addition we require a hat or cap of road, building, residence, above-ground youth hunter must remain within sight
unbroken hunter orange. You must wear oil, gas, or public facility and within 50 and normal voice contact of an adult age
the solid hunter-orange items while in feet (15 m) of ATV trails (see § 27.31 of 21 or older. Each adult may supervise
the field. this chapter). no more than one youth hunter.
15. We prohibit possession or C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
9. We prohibit leaving boats, blinds,
distribution of bait or hunting with the hunting of white-tailed deer on
and decoys unattended.
aid of bait, including any grain, salt, designated areas of the refuge in
10. We only allow dogs to locate,
minerals or other feed, or any accordance with State regulations
point, and retrieve when hunting for
nonnaturally occurring attractant on the subject to the following conditions:
migratory game birds.
refuge (see § 32.2(h)).
11. Youth hunters under age 16 must 1. Conditions A1, A8, A9, A12 (to
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
successfully complete a State-approved hunt big game), and B7 apply.
designated areas of the refuge in
hunter education course. While hunting, 2. We allow general gun deer hunting
accordance with State regulations
each youth must possess and carry a on the following days: the first
subject to the following conditions:
1. We allow trotlines attached with a card or certificate of completion. Each consecutive Saturday and Sunday of
length of cotton line that extends into youth hunter must remain within sight November; the Friday, Saturday, and
the water. You must tend the trotlines and normal voice contact of an adult age Sunday following Thanksgiving Day;
at least once every 24 hours and reset 21 or older. Each adult may supervise and the second Saturday and Sunday
them when receded waters expose them. no more than two youth hunters. after Thanksgiving Day. We allow
2. Conditions A7, A10 (the only 12. We prohibit any person or group archery deer hunting during the entire
exceptions are the Rainey Lake and to act as a hunting guide, outfitter, or in State season.
Mower Woods all-terrain trails (see any other capacity that any other 3. We allow deer hunting west of the
§ 27.31 of this chapter), which are open individual(s) pays or promises to pay Ouachita River. We allow deer hunting
year-round with the same time directly or indirectly for services on the east side of the Ouachita River
restrictions as the seasonal all-terrain rendered to any other person or persons outside the Mollicy levee, west of Kelby
trails), A12, and B4 (anglers) apply. hunting on the refuge, regardless of Road, and south of School Board South
3. We prohibit the taking of turtle (see whether such payment is for guiding, Road within the levee.
§ 27.21 of this chapter). outfitting, lodging, or club membership. 4. The daily bag limit is one deer of
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow either sex. The State season limit
Upper Ouachita National Wildlife hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit, applies.
Refuge raccoon, and opossum on designated 5. During general Gun Deer Hunts,
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We areas of the refuge in accordance with you must check all deer on the day
allow hunting of duck, goose, coot, State regulations subject to the taken during general Gun Deer Hunts at
woodcock, and dove on designated following conditions: a refuge check station between 7 a.m.
areas of the refuge in accordance with 1. Conditions A1, A8, A9, and A12 (to and 7 p.m. unless stated otherwise in
State regulations subject to the hunt upland game) apply. the annual refuge hunting brochure and
following conditions: 2. We allow hunting west of the permit.
1. Hunters must possess and carry a Ouachita River. We allow hunting on 6. Archery hunters must possess and
signed refuge permit. the east side of the Ouachita River carry proof of completion of the
2. We allow waterfowl hunting on the outside the Mollicy levee, west of Kelby International Bowhunters’ Education
west side of the Ouachita River north of Road, and south of School Board South Program.
RCW Road. We allow waterfowl hunting Road within the levee. 7. We prohibit leaving deer stands,
on the east side of the Ouachita River 3. We prohibit possession of firearms blinds, and other equipment
outside the Mollicy levee, west of Kelby (see § 27.42 of this chapter) larger than unattended.
Road, and south of School Board South .22 caliber rimfire, shotgun slugs, and 8. Deer hunters must wear hunter
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regulations on Wildlife Management minimum of 50 percent hunter orange i. You must equip all dogs used to
Areas. in color (such as orange camouflage) hunt coyote with working radio-
9. We prohibit hunters placing stands except when hunting waterfowl. telemetry collars, and you must be in
or hunting from stands on pine trees 2. We will provide permanent refuge possession of a working radio-telemetry
with white-painted bands/rings. blinds at various locations that you may receiver that can detect and track the
10. Youth hunters under age 16 must reserve. You may make reservations for frequencies of all collars used. We do
successfully complete a State-approved blinds up to 1 year in advance, for a not require radio-telemetry collars for
hunter education course. While hunting, maximum of 1 week, running Monday dogs used to hunt snowshoe hare.
each youth must possess and carry a through Sunday during the hunting ii. We prohibit training during or
card or certificate of completion. Each season. You may make reservations for outside of dog season for coyote or hare.
youth hunter must remain within sight additional weeks up to 1 week in iii. We allow a maximum of four dogs
and normal voice contact of an adult age advance, on a space-available basis. We per hunter.
21 or older. Each adult may supervise prohibit other permanent blinds. You iv. You must pick up all dogs the
no more than one youth hunter. must remove temporary blinds, boats, same day you release them.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on and decoys (see § 27.93 of this chapter) C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
designated areas of the refuge in from the refuge following each day. hunting of bear, white-tailed deer, and
accordance with State regulations 3. You may use dogs to locate, point, moose in accordance with State
subject to the following conditions: and retrieve when hunting for migratory regulations, seasons, and bag limits
1. We allow sport fishing year-round game birds (see § 26.21(b) of this subject to the following conditions:
except within the Mollicy levee. We chapter). 1. We open the refuge to hunting
allow fishing in the Wigeon Ponds and 4. We open the refuge to hunting during the hours stipulated under State
Reservoir March 1 through October 15, during the hours stipulated under each hunting regulations but no longer than
from 30 minutes before legal sunrise State’s hunting regulations but no longer from 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise to 1⁄2
until 30 minutes after legal sunset. than from 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise hour after legal sunset. We close the
2. We prohibit outboard motors in the to 1⁄2 hour after legal sunset. We close refuge to night hunting. You must
Wigeon Ponds. We prohibit boat the refuge to night hunting. You must unload all firearms (see § 27.42 of this
launching with motors greater than 50 unload all firearms (see § 27.42 of this chapter) and nock no arrows outside of
hp in the Reservoir. chapter) outside of legal hunting hours. legal hunting hours.
3. We prohibit leaving boats and other 5. We prohibit the use of all-terrain 2. We allow bear hunting with dogs
personal property on the refuge vehicles (ATVs or OHRVs) (see during State hunting seasons. Hunting
unattended. § 27.31(f) of this chapter). with trailing dogs on the refuge will be
4. You must tend trotlines daily. You B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow subject to the following regulations:
hunting of coyote, fox, raccoon, i. You must equip all dogs used to
must attach ends of trotlines by a length
woodchuck, red and eastern gray hunt bear with working radio-telemetry
of cotton line that extends into the
squirrel, porcupine, skunk, snowshoe collars and hunters must be in
water.
hare, ring-necked pheasant, ruffed possession of a working radio-telemetry
5. We prohibit commercial fishing.
grouse, and northern bobwhite in receiver that can detect and track the
Recreational fishing using commercial
frequencies of all collars used.
gear (slat traps, etc.) requires a special accordance with State regulations,
ii. We prohibit training during or
refuge permit (that you must possess seasons, and bag limits subject to the
outside of dog season for bear.
and carry) available at the refuge office. following conditions: iii. We allow a maximum of four dogs
6. We prohibit the taking of turtle (see 1. You may only possess approved per hunter.
§ 27.21 of this chapter). nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) while on iv. You must pick up all dogs the
■ 19. Amend § 32.38 Maine by: the refuge. same day you release them.
■ a. Revising Lake Umbagog National 2. We open the refuge to hunting 3. We allow prehunt scouting of the
Wildlife Refuge; during the hours stipulated under State refuge; however, we prohibit dogs and
■ b. Revising Moosehorn National hunting regulations, but no longer than firearms (see § 27.42 of this chapter)
Wildlife Refuge; from 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise to 1⁄2 during prehunt scouting.
■ c. Revising Petit Manan National hour after legal sunset. We close the 4. Each hunter must wear two articles
Wildlife Refuge; and refuge to night hunting. You must of hunter-orange clothing or material.
■ d. Revising Rachel Carson National unload all firearms (see § 27.42 of this One article must be a solid-colored
Wildlife Refuge to read as follows: chapter), and nock no arrows outside of hunter-orange hat; the other must cover
legal hunting hours. a major portion of the torso, such as a
§ 32.38 Maine. 3. We prohibit the use of all-terrain jacket, vest, coat, or poncho and must be
* * * * * vehicles (ATVs or OHRVs) (see a minimum of 50 percent hunter orange
§ 27.31(f) of this chapter). in color (i.e., orange camouflage).
Lake Umbagog National Wildlife 4. You must wear two articles of
Refuge 5. We prohibit the use of all-terrain
hunter-orange clothing or material. One vehicles (ATVs or OHRVs) (see
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We article must be a solid-colored hunter- § 27.31(f) of this chapter).
allow hunting of duck, goose, American orange hat; the other must cover a major 6. We allow temporary tree stands and
crow, and woodcock in accordance with portion of the torso, such as a jacket, blinds, but hunters must remove them
State regulations, seasons, and bag vest, coat, or poncho and must be a by the end of the season (see § 27.93 of
limits subject to the following minimum of 50 percent hunter orange this chapter). We prohibit nails, screws,
conditions: in color (such as orange camouflage) or screw-in climbing pegs to build or
1. You must wear two articles of except when hunting turkey. access a stand or blind (see § 32.2(i)).
hunter-orange clothing or material. One 5. We allow hunting of coyote and D. Sport Fishing. [Reserved]
article must be a solid-colored hunter- snowshoe hare with dogs during State
orange hat; the other must cover a major hunting seasons. Hunting with trailing Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
portion of the torso, such as a jacket, dogs on the refuge will be subject to the A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
vest, coat, or poncho and must be a following regulations: [Reserved]

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B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved] Fireline Road to a point near the 6. We prohibit trapping of bait fish on
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow northwest corner of the Lane the refuge.
hunting of white-tailed deer on Construction Tract. The line then
designated areas of the refuge in Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge
proceeds along a cleared and marked
accordance with State regulations trail in a northwesterly direction to the A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
subject to the following conditions: northern upland edge of Dudley allow hunting of duck, goose,
1. You may enter the refuge 1⁄2 hour Swamp. The line follows the shore of woodcock, rail, gallinule, and snipe on
before legal shooting hours, and you Dudley Swamp to the Barn Meadow designated areas of the refuge in
must leave the refuge by 1⁄2 hour past Road. It proceeds south along the Barn accordance with State regulations
legal shooting hours. Meadow Road to the intersection with subject to the following conditions:
2. During firearms big game season, the South Fireline Road, where it 1. We prohibit erection of permanent
we require hunters to wear a minimum follows the South Fire line Road across waterfowl blinds.
of 400 square inches (2,600 cm2) of the Headquarters Road to the 2. You must remove all temporary
solid-colored, hunter-orange clothing or intersection with the Mile Bridge Road. blinds, concealment materials, boats,
material as the outermost layer of It then follows the Mile Bridge Road in and decoys (see § 27.93 of this chapter)
clothing on the head, chest, and back. each day.
a southerly direction to the intersection
3. You must only use portable tree B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
with the Lunn Road, then along the
stands, blinds, and ladders. We prohibit hunting of upland game on designated
Lunn Road leaving the road in an areas in accordance with State
the use of nails, screws, or bolts to easterly direction at the site of the old
attach them to trees (see § 32.2(i)). You regulations subject to the following
crossing, across the abandoned Maine conditions:
must clearly label any tree stand, blind, Central Railroad grade to the Charlotte
or ladder left on the refuge overnight 1. You may only possess approved
Road. The line follows the Charlotte nontoxic shot while in the field (see
with your name, address, phone Road in a northerly direction to the
number, and hunting license number. § 32.2(k)).
point of origin. 2. We allow only pointing and
You must remove all tree stands, blinds, iv. The Southern Gravel Pit: The
and ladders from the refuge on the last flushing dogs.
boundary of this area starts at a point 3. We prohibit the hunting of crows.
day of the muzzleloader deer season where Cranberry Brook crosses the 4. You may hunt coyotes from
(see § 27.93 of this chapter). Charlotte Road and proceeds south
4. You may only use a long, recurved November 1 to March 31.
along the Charlotte Road to the Baring/ C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
or compound bow to hunt during the Charlotte Town Line, along the Town hunting of white-tailed deer and bear on
archery season. Line to a point where it intersects the
5. We prohibit hunting in the designated areas of the refuge in
railroad grade where it turns in a accordance with State regulations
following areas:
i. The South Magurrewock Area: The northerly direction, and follows the subject to the following conditions:
boundary of this area begins at the railroad grade to Cranberry Brook and 1. We prohibit dogs.
the point of origin. 2. We only allow black bear hunting
intersection of the Charlotte Road and
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on during the firearm season for white-
U.S. Route 1; it follows the Charlotte
designated areas of the refuge in tailed deer.
Road in a southerly direction to the 3. You must remove all tree stands by
accordance with State regulations
fishing pier and observation blind, the last day of the white-tailed deer
subject to the following conditions:
where it turns in an easterly direction, 1. We prohibit motorized boats on hunting season (see § 27.93 of this
crosses the East Branch of the Bearce and Conic Lakes. chapter).
Magurrewock Stream, and proceeds in a 2. We only allow fishing from 1⁄2 hour 4. We normally close the refuge to all
northerly direction along the upland before legal sunrise to 1⁄2 hour after legal visitors from legal sunset to legal
edge of the Upper and Middle sunset. sunrise. However, during hunting
Magurrewock Marshes to U.S. Route 1 3. We allow fishing in the following season, we allow hunters to enter the
where it follows Route 1 in a southerly areas on the Baring Division of the refuge 1⁄2 hour prior to legal sunrise and
direction to the point of origin. refuge: remain on the refuge 1⁄2 hour after legal
ii. The North Magurrewock Area: The i. Bearce Lake, Conic Lake, James sunset.
boundary of this area begins where the Pond, Ledge Pond, and Vose Pond; D. Sport Fishing. [Reserved]
northern exterior boundary of the refuge ii. Clark Brook and the West Branch
and Route 1 intersect; it follows the of the Magurrewock Stream from the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
boundary line in a westerly direction to outlet of the Howard Mill Flowage water A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
the railroad grade where it follows the control structure to the handicapped- allow hunting of duck, coot, woodcock,
boundary in a southwest direction to the accessible fishing pier located off the and snipe on designated areas of the
upland edge of the Lower Barn Meadow Charlotte Road; and Brave Boat Harbor, Lower Wells, Upper
Marsh; it then follows the upland edge iii. Barn Meadow Brook, Cranberry Wells, Mousam River, Goose Rocks, and
of the marsh in a southerly direction to Brook, Mahar Brook, and Moosehorn Spurwink River Divisions of the refuge
U.S. Route 1, where it follows Route 1 Stream. in accordance with State regulations
to the point of origin. 4. We allow fishing in the following subject to the following conditions:
iii. The posted safety zone around the areas on the Edmunds Division of the 1. Prior to entering designated refuge
Refuge Headquarters Complex: The refuge: Hobart Lake, Hobart Stream, hunting areas, you must obtain a refuge
boundary of this area starts where the Cranberry Brook, Crane Meadow Brook, hunting permit, pay a recreation fee,
southerly edge of the Horse Pasture Crane Mill Stream, and Crane Mill and sign and carry the permit at all
Field intersects with the Charlotte Road. Flowage. times.
The boundary follows the southern edge 5. We prohibit fishing on the stretch 2. You may only take sea duck when
of the Horse Pasture Field, across the of Moosehorn Stream on the Baring the State sea duck season coincides with
abandoned Maine Central Railroad Division that lies west of the Charlotte the regular duck season.
grade, where it intersects with the North Road and east of the Mile Bridge Road 3. You may take waterfowl by
Fireline Road. It follows the North between March 31 and July 14. falconry during State seasons.

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4. We open Designated Youth Hunting 8. You must report any harvested deer 14. We prohibit the collection of bait
Areas to hunters age 17 and under who to the refuge office within 48 hours. fish on the refuge.
possess and carry a refuge hunting D. Sport Fishing. We allow * * * * *
permit. Each youth hunter must remain recreational fishing along the shoreline ■ 20. Amend § 32.39 Maryland by:
within sight and normal voice contact of on the following designated areas of the ■ a. Revising Blackwater National
an adult age 21 or older. The refuge in accordance with State Wildlife Refuge;
accompanying adult must possess and regulations and seasons subject to the ■ b. Revising Eastern Neck National
carry a refuge hunting permit and may following conditions: Wildlife Refuge; and
also hunt. 1. At the Brave Boat Harbor Division ■ c. Revising Patuxent Research Refuge
5. We allow seasonal blinds and on the north side (York) of the stream to read as follows:
require a Special Use Permit. A crossing under Route 103, you may fish
permitted seasonal blind is available to beginning at Route 103 then § 32.39 Maryland.
all permitted hunters on a first-come, downstream to the first railroad trestle. * * * * *
first-served basis. The permit holder for 2. At the Moody Division on the north
the blind is responsible for the removal Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
side of the Ogunquit River and
of the blind at the end of the season and downstream of Route 1, you may fish A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
compliance with all conditions of the beginning at the refuge boundary then [Reserved]
Special Use Permit. downstream a distance of 500 feet (150 B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]
6. We close the Moody, Little River, m). C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
Biddeford Pool, and Goosefare Brook 3. At the Moody Division on the east hunting of deer on designated areas of
divisions of the refuge to all migratory side of Stevens Brook and downstream the refuge in accordance with State
bird hunting. of Bourne Avenue, you may fish regulations subject to the following
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow beginning at Bourne Avenue then conditions:
hunting of pheasant and grouse on downstream to where the refuge ends 1. We require refuge permits for all
designated areas of the Brave Boat near Ocean Avenue. hunters regardless of age. We require
Harbor, Lower Wells, Upper Wells, 4. At the Lower Wells Division on the that permits must be in the hunter’s
Mousam River, Goose Rocks, Goosefare west side of the Webhannet River possession along with a valid Maryland
Brook, and Spurwink River Divisions of downstream of Mile Road, you may fish State hunting license, any required
the refuge in accordance with State from Mile Road north to the first creek. stamps, and a photo identification.
regulations subject to the following Permits are nontransferable.
5. At the Upper Wells Division on the
conditions: 2. We require that hunters obtain deer
south side of the Merriland River
1. Condition A1 applies. hunt permits only through the mail, by
downstream of Skinner Mil Road, you
2. You may take pheasant and grouse may fish beginning at the refuge mailing an application and
by falconry during State seasons. boundary and then east along the oxbow administration fee to the refuge after
3. We close the Moody, Little River, to the woods. applications are available in July. To
and Biddeford Pool Divisions of the obtain an application and regulations
6. At the Mousam River Division on
refuge to all upland game hunting. leaflet (including designated areas and
the north side of the Mousam River
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow map, dates of hunts, bag limits, and
downstream of Route 9, you may fish
hunting of white-tailed deer on permit fees) for archery, youth,
beginning at the refuge boundary and
designated areas of the Brave Boat muzzleloader, and shotgun hunts, we
then east to a point opposite Great Hill
Harbor, Lower Wells, Upper Wells, require hunters to contact the refuge
Road. Access is from the Bridle Path
Mousam River, Goose Rocks, Little hunt coordinator or refuge Visitor
along the first tidal creek.
River, Goosefare Brook, and Spurwink Center, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4
River Divisions of the refuge in 7. At the Goosefare Brook Division on
p.m. daily.
accordance with State regulations the south side of Goosefare Brook, you
3. We allow archery hunters to obtain
subject to the following conditions: may fish where it flows into the Atlantic
a permit; permits are available at the
1. Conditions A1 and A4 apply. Ocean.
Visitor Center, after the first week of
2. We only allow hunting of deer with 8. At the Spurwink River Division on September until the end of the archery
shotgun and archery. We prohibit rifles the west side (Scarborough) of the season.
and muzzleloading firearms. Spurwink River upstream of Route 77, 4. We allow walk-in youth hunters to
3. We allow portable, climbing, or you may fish beginning at Route 77 and obtain a permit at the check station on
ladder stands. then upstream approximately 1,000 feet the day of the hunt.
4. We close the Moody and Biddeford (300 m) to a point near the fork in the 5. A licensed or exempt-from-licensed
Pool Division of the refuge to white- river. unarmed adult, age 21 or older, must
tailed deer hunting. 9. You may launch car-top boats accompany youth hunters (at least age
5. We only allow archery on those during daylight hours at Brave Boat 12 but less than age 16) at all times in
areas of the Little River division open to Harbor Division on Chauncey Creek at the field.
hunting. the intersection of Cutts Island Road 6. We require a physician to certify
6. We only allow hunting of fox and and Sea Point Road. ‘‘wheelchair-bound’’ permanently
coyote during daylight hours of the 10. You may launch car-top boats disabled hunters; and an assistant, who
State firearm deer season. during daylight hours at the Spurwink must not use a firearm, must accompany
7. Bow hunters with refuge permits River Division on the upstream side of these hunters. We require the
(you must possess and carry) may apply Route 77 at the old road crossing. permanently disabled certification to
for the special ‘‘Wells Hunt.’’ We must 11. We allow fishing from legal accompany the hunters’ permit
receive letters of interest by November sunrise to legal sunset. application.
1 for consideration in a random 12. We prohibit lead jigs and sinkers. 7. We only allow participants
drawing. Selected hunters must comply 13. Anglers must attend their lines at possessing authorized permits to enter
with regulations as set by the State. all times. the hunt areas.

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8. Beginning at 5 a.m., we require responsible for damage, theft, or other 5. You must wear a hunter-orange cap
check-in for the youth hunts, hunter occupancy) (see § 27.93 of this or hat when moving to or from your
muzzleloader hunts, and shotgun hunts. chapter). blind or stand when turkey hunting.
9. At the refuge check station on the 23. We prohibit dogs in hunt areas. 6. Each youth hunter (age 15 or under)
day of the kill for all firearm hunts, we 24. We prohibit hunting from or must remain within sight and normal
require hunters to properly tag and shooting across a roadway where we voice contact of an adult age 18 or older.
present for examination all deer killed. allow vehicle traffic. Children must be at least age 10 to hunt
10. We require hunters to seek refuge 25. We prohibit driving deer during on the refuge.
employee assistance to retrieve deer youth hunts. 7. We only allow parking in
from closed areas. 26. We prohibit commercialized designated parking areas.
11. We do not require check-in or guiding. 8. We prohibit hunting in the No
check out at the refuge for the archery D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing Hunting Zones; however, you may walk
hunt, but we require hunters to register and crabbing on designated areas of the through these areas with an unloaded
harvested deer at one of the State check refuge in accordance with State weapon (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter)
stations designated by the refuge. regulations subject to the following (no shells in the chamber or magazine
12. We only allow weapons that meet conditions: cap off of the muzzleloader).
State regulations (bows and arrows for 1. We only allow fishing and crabbing 9. For deer hunting, the legal shooting
archery, shotguns with slugs and/or No. from April 1 through September 30 hours are from legal sunrise to legal
1 buckshot or larger for youth hunts and during daylight hours. sunset.
shotgun hunts, and muzzleloading rifles 2. We restrict fishing and crabbing to 10. For turkey hunting, the legal
and muzzleloading shotguns only for boats and the Key Wallace roadway shooting hours are from 1⁄2 hour before
muzzleloader hunts). We prohibit across the Little Blackwater River. legal sunrise to 12 p.m. (noon).
handguns and breech-loading rifles. 3. We require a valid State sport 11. We prohibit entry to the refuge by
13. We only allow access to hunt fishing license. We do not require a boats during refuge hunts.
areas on designated roads and parking refuge permit. 12. We only allow persons possessing
areas indicated on hunt maps in the 4. We require anglers to attend all fish a refuge hunt permit to be on the refuge
regulations leaflet (obtained with and crab lines. during hunting days.
5. We prohibit boat launching from 13. We prohibit the use of ATVs
application by mail or at the Visitor
refuge lands except for canoes/kayaks at during refuge hunts (see § 27.31(f) of
Center) (see § 27.31 of this chapter). The
this chapter).
only other access we allow is walk-in or the canoe/kayak ramp located near the
14. We allow the use of marking tape,
bicycles. We prohibit access by boats or Blackwater River Bridge on Route 335.
reflective pins, or other removable
ATVs. A public launching ramp is available at materials to mark trails to and from
14. We only allow scouting on Shorter’s Wharf. stands. You must remove the marking
designated days listed in the regulations 6. We prohibit the use of air boats on
material (see § 27.93 of this chapter) at
for permitted hunters. refuge waters.
the end of your hunt day. We prohibit
15. We do not require check-in or paint or any other permanent marker to
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
check out for scouting. mark trails.
16. We prohibit firearms or other A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing
weapons on the refuge when scouting. [Reserved]
and crabbing in designated areas of the
17. We require adult hunters, age 21 B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow refuge in accordance with State
or older, to accompany permitted youth regulations subject to the following
hunters while scouting. hunting of white-tailed deer and turkey
conditions:
18. We require a minimum of 400 on designated areas of the refuge in
1. We allow fishing and crabbing from
square inches (2,600 cm 2) of solid- accordance with State hunting
Eastern Neck Island bridge.
colored daylight fluorescent-orange regulations subject to the following 2. We only allow fishing and crabbing
clothing to be worn on the head, chest, conditions: from April 1—September 30 during
and back of all hunters during the 1. We require hunters to carry a daylight hours at the Ingleside
youth, muzzleloader, and shotgun signed refuge hunt permit when Recreation Area.
hunts. scouting on the designated scouting 3. We only allow fishing from the
19. We require the use of a tree stand days and when hunting. Hunters must Boxes Point and Duck Inn Trails during
that elevates the hunter a minimum of turn in their hunt permit at the end of daylight hours.
8 feet (240 cm) above the ground for the hunt day or when leaving the refuge 4. We allow fishing and crabbing from
hunting Area B2 (except disabled during the hunt day at the check-in boardwalk located adjacent to the
hunters). We allow temporary, station. Eastern Neck Island bridge.
removable, ladder, fixed, and climbing- 2. We only allow use of bow and
type tree stands that do not damage arrows, shotguns, and muzzleloaders for Patuxent Research Refuge
trees in all other areas (see §§ 32.2(i)). deer hunting and shotguns for turkey A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
20. We prohibit screw-in steps, hunting. allow hunting of goose, duck, and dove
spikes, or other objects that may damage 3. We prohibit possession of a loaded on the North Tract in accordance with
trees. weapon (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter) State regulations subject to the
21. We prohibit hunting from a on or within 50 feet (15 m) of any following conditions:
permanently constructed tree stand. graveled, dirt, or paved refuge road or 1. We require a hunting permit.
22. We allow hunters to preinstall tree any designated parking area. 2. We require hunters age 17 years of
stands during the scouting days for use 4. We require a minimum of 400 age or younger to have a parent or
during selected hunts and to leave the square inches (2,600 cm 2) of solid guardian countersign to receive a
tree stands in the hunting area at the hunter-orange clothing or material as hunting permit. An adult, age 21 or
hunter’s discretion. We require hunters the outermost layer of clothing on the older possessing a hunting permit, must
to remove all stands the last day of the head, chest, and back when deer accompany hunters age 15 and younger
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3. You must check-in and out at the 7. We require each turkey hunter to ii. Conditions 8i and 9iv apply.
Hunter Control Station (HCS) and attend the a turkey clinic. See the refuge 11. You must check out at the Hunter
exchange your hunting permit for a office for further information. Control Station no later than 11⁄2 hours
daily hunting pass and a vehicle pass C. Big Game Hunting. We allow after legal sunset.
every time you enter or exit the refuge. hunting of white-tailed deer in 12. All deer harvested will have a jaw
4. We will restrict you to the selected accordance with State regulations extracted before leaving the refuge.
area and activity until you check out at subject to the following conditions: 13. If you wish to track wounded deer
the HCS. 1. We require you to pass a beyond 11⁄2 hours after legal sunset, you
5. You may only carry one shotgun in proficiency test with each weapon that must report in person to the HCS or if
the field. We prohibit additional you desire to use prior to issuing you a you are hunting on the refuge’s South
firearms. hunting permit. Tract, call the HCS. The HCS will call
6. You must wear at least a 2. Conditions A1 through A4 apply. a refuge law enforcement officer to gain
fluorescent-orange hat or cap when 3. You must wear a minimum of 400 consent to track. We prohibit tracking
walking from your vehicle to your square inches (2,600 cm2) of fluorescent later than 21⁄2 hours after legal sunset.
hunting site. ‘‘Jump Shooters’’ must orange on your head, chest, and back We may revoke your hunting privilege
wear at least a fluorescent-orange hat or while hunting. Bow hunters must follow if you wound a deer and do not make
cap while hunting. If you stop and this requirement when moving to and a reasonable effort to retrieve it. This
stand, you may replace the orange hat from the deer stand while tracking. We may include next-day tracking.
or cap with a camouflage one. do not require bow hunters to wear the D. Sport Fishing. We allow sport
7. We only allow the taking of Canada fluorescent orange when positioning to fishing in accordance with State hook
goose during the special September hunt except during the deer and line fishing regulations subject to
season for resident Canada goose. muzzleloader season. the following conditions:
8. We prohibit hunting of duck or 4. You must use established roads, 1. We allow the use of earthworms as
goose during the deer firearm seasons park within the selected boundary, and the only source of live bait.
and the early deer muzzleloader seasons not block traffic. 2. We prohibit harvesting bait on the
that occur in October. 5. We prohibit hunting on or across refuge.
9. We prohibit hunting quail or dove any road, within 50 yards (45 m) of a 3. You must attend all fishing lines.
during any deer muzzleloader or road, within 150 yards (135 m) of any 4. We prohibit fishing from any
firearms seasons. occupied structure, or within 25 yards bridge.
10. We require waterfowl hunters to (22.5 m) from any designated ‘‘No 5. North Tract: We allow sport fishing
use retrievers on any impounded Hunting’’ area. Only those with a State at Lake Allen, Rieve’s Pond, New
waters. Retrievers must be of the ‘‘Hunt from a Vehicle Permit’’ may hunt Marsh, Cattail Pond, Bailey Bridge
traditional breeds, such as Chesapeake from the roadside. Marsh, and Little Patuxent River
Bay, Golden, Labrador, etc. 6. We prohibit using dogs to hunt or
11. We require dogs to be under the (downstream only from Bailey’s Bridge)
track wounded deer.
immediate control of their owner at all in accordance with the following
7. We publish the daily and yearly bag
times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter). regulations:
limits and hunting dates for the North,
Law enforcement officers may seize i. We require a free refuge permit (you
Central, and South Tracts in July and
dogs running loose or unattended. must possess and carry) to access North
will include them with each hunting
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow Tract. If you are age 17 or younger, you
permit.
hunting of turkey, bobwhite quail, grey 8. North Tract: We allow shotgun, must have a parent or guardian
squirrel, eastern cottontail rabbit, and muzzleloader, and bow hunting. countersign to receive an access permit.
woodchuck on the North Tract and i. You must use a portable tree stand A parent or legal guardian must
turkey on the Central Tract in equipped with a safety belt. The stand accompany those age 15 and younger.
accordance with State regulations must be at least 10 feet (3 m) off the ii. You may take the following
subject to the following conditions: ground. You must wear the safety belt species: catfish, chain pickerel, black
1. We require a fee hunting permit. while in the tree stand. You must crappie, eels, sunfish, golden shiner,
2. Conditions A2 and A4 apply. remove tree stands daily from the refuge and large and smallmouth bass. Bass
3. We require hunters to check-in and (see § 27.93 of this chapter). limit is one per day.
out at the Hunter Control Station every 9. Central Tract: We allow shotgun iii. You may fish year-round at Lake
time they enter or exit the refuge and and bow hunting in accordance with the Allen, New Marsh, Cattail Pond, Bailey
exchange their hunting permit for a following regulations: Bridge Marsh, and Little Patuxent River
daily hunting pass and vehicle pass. i. We allow bow hunters to hunt on (downstream only from Bailey Bridge)
4. You must wear a minimum of 400 the Schaefer Farm. except during the white-tailed deer
square inches (2,600 cm2) of fluorescent ii. We will select hunters interested in firearm hunting season and the
orange on your head, chest, and back the Central Tract hunt by a waterfowl hunting season. We also
while hunting upland game except for computerized lottery and assign them to reserve the right to close Lake Allen at
turkey hunting. We encourage turkey a specific hunting location. any time.
hunters to wear fluorescent orange. iii. Shotgun hunters must use both iv. You may fish at Rieve’s Pond from
5. We prohibit hunting of upland portable tree stands and safety belts. February 1 to August 31 and on
game during the firearms and The stand must be at least 10 feet (3 m) Sundays from September 1 to January
muzzleloader seasons. off the ground. 31.
6. We select turkey hunting permits iv. You must carry a flashlight, v. We allow wading, for fishing
by computerized lottery. We will whistle, and a compass while hunting. purposes only, downstream from Bailey
generate a computerized lottery list for 10. South Tract: We allow shotgun, Bridge on the Little Patuxent River. We
the youth, disabled, mobility impaired, muzzleloader, and bow hunting in prohibit wading in other bodies of
and general public. We require accordance with the following water.
documentation for disabled and regulations: vi. We prohibit use of any type of
mobility-impaired hunters. i. We prohibit entry onto fire roads. watercraft.

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6. South Tract: We allow sport fishing post as closed to public use from legal D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing
at Cash Lake in accordance with the sunrise to legal sunset. along the banks of the Nashua River in
following regulations: 2. We allow surf fishing from the accordance with State regulations.
i. We require a free refuge fishing Morris Island shore 24 hours a day.
permit. You must carry a copy of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
permit with you at all times while Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge * * * * *
fishing. Organized groups may request a A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
group permit. The group leader must [Reserved] hunting of white-tailed deer on
carry a copy of the permit and stay with B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved] designated areas of the Plum Island
the group at all times while fishing. C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved] portion of the refuge in accordance with
ii. You must park your vehicle in the D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in State hunting regulations. You may hunt
parking lot located behind Refuge Gate accordance with State regulations deer on designated day(s) during the
8 off Maryland Highway 197 (see § 27.31 subject to the following conditions: regular State shotgun season subject to
of this chapter). You must prominently 1. We close the western refuge the following conditions:
display your fishing permit on your shoreline and beach area to surf fishing 1. We require that all hunters have a
vehicle’s dashboard. during the period of April 15 through valid State hunting license, applicable
iii. You may fish on Cash Lake except July 31 annually, and you may not deer tags, and firearms identification
areas designated as closed on the fishing operate a vehicle on the west-facing card (FID) or license to carry (LTC). The
permit map and by posted signs stating beach and shoreline (see § 27.31 of this FID and LTC only apply to
‘‘No fishing beyond this point’’. chapter). We only allow surf fishing on Massachusetts residents. All hunters
iv. You may take the following fish the northeast-facing shoreline during regardless of age must possess and carry
species: catfish, black crappie, eels, this period of time. a refuge permit. This is a quota hunt,
sunfish, golden shiner, and chain and we will randomly select a limited
2. We may close the northeast-facing
pickerel. Chain pickerel limit is one per number of hunters from those that
shoreline and beach if piping plover
day. apply. You may apply by mail from
nesting is occurring in this portion of
v. You must catch and release all bass. September 1 until October 1.
vi. You may fish from mid-June until the refuge.
2. If selected from the random
mid-October. 3. We require a permit for the use of
drawing, you must attend a refuge-
vii. You may fish between the hours over-the-sand, surf-fishing vehicles.
specific hunter orientation session prior
of 6 a.m. until legal sunset. We open the 4. If we do not otherwise close an area
to the hunt.
refuge trails (see § 27.31 of this chapter) because of these conditions, we allow 3. We only allow shotguns (slugs
from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. fishing 24 hours a day. only) and shoulder-fired muzzleloaders
viii. The permit holder may take one Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge (single projectile only) for our deer
additional licensed adult or two youths hunt.
age 15 or younger to fish on Cash Lake. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 4. You must check-in and out at the
The permit holder must be present for allow shotgun hunting of woodcock and refuge entrance gatehouse.
guests to fish. snipe on the portion of the refuge 5. We prohibit alcoholic beverages
ix. We prohibit boat trailers. located south of Massachusetts Route 2 (See § 32.2(j)).
x. You may use watercraft for fishing and west of the Boston and Maine 6. We prohibit hunting from the North
in accordance with the State boating Railroad tracks in accordance with State Pool or Stage Island Observation towers.
laws subject to the following conditions: regulations subject to the following 7. We prohibit loaded firearms (see
You may use car-top boats 14 feet (4.2 conditions: § 27.42 of this chapter) on or within 150
m) or less and canoes. You may only use 1. We restrict vehicles to the feet (45 m) of the refuge road.
electric motors, 4 HP or less. We designated parking area accessible from 8. You must bring all deer to the
prohibit sailboats, kayaks, or inflatables. the Still River Depot Road (see § 27.31 refuge deer check station located at our
■ 21. Amend § 32.40 Massachusetts by: of this chapter). We prohibit entry by subheadquarters 2.5 miles (4 km) south
■ a. Revising Monomoy National routes other than Still River Depot Road. of the refuge entrance gate. This site is
Wildlife Refuge; 2. You may only possess approved an official State check station.
■ b. Revising Nantucket National nontoxic shot while in the field (see 9. We will only allow permitted
Wildlife Refuge; § 32.2(k)). refuge hunters or those individuals
■ c. Revising Oxbow National Wildlife B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow hunting at Sandy Point State
Refuge; and hunting of upland game birds, turkey, Reservation at the southern end of Plum
■ d. Revising paragraph C. of Parker and small game on the portion of the Island access to the refuge or Sandy
River National Wildlife Refuge to read as refuge located south of Massachusetts Point on the day(s) of the deer hunt.
follows: Route 2 and west of the Boston and 10. We prohibit vehicular travel
Maine Railroad tracks in accordance (emergency excepted) on refuge roads
§ 32.40 Massachusetts.
with State regulations subject to the from 1⁄2 hour before legal sunrise until
* * * * * following conditions: 8:30 a.m. We prohibit accessing the
Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge 1. We only allow shotguns. refuge after 2:30 p.m. during the deer
2. We restrict vehicles to the hunt.
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. 11. Parking regulations are subject to
[Reserved] designated parking area that is
accessible from the Still River Depot change and will be determined based on
B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]
Road (see § 27.31 of this chapter). We the number of permitted hunters and
C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved]
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in prohibit entry by routes other than Still available hunt areas. We will provide
designated areas of the refuge in River Depot Road. this information in detail to all
accordance with State regulations 3. You may only possess approved permitted hunters attending the
subject to the following conditions: nontoxic shot while in the field, except required hunter-orientation session.
1. We allow fishing on the portions of while hunting turkey (see § 32.2(k)). * * * * *
the Monomoy Islands that we do not C. Big Game Hunting. [Reserved] ■ 22. Amend § 32.41 Michigan by:

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■ a. Revising paragraphs A., B., D.2., 2. Hunters must wear in a visible bikes, retrieval carts) except in the
D.5., D.6., D.7., and removing paragraph manner on head, chest, and back a Wilderness Area.
D.8. of Seney National Wildlife Refuge; minimum of 400 square inches (2,600 4. We prohibit entry into the ‘‘Closed
and cm2) of solid-colored hunter orange Area’’.
■ b. Revising paragraphs A., C., and D. of clothing or material. * * * * *
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge to 3. We require that you must display
read as follows: a minimum of 100 square inches (650 Fergus Falls Wetland Management
cm2) solid-colored, hunter-orange District
§ 32.41 Michigan. material on the external surface of A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
* * * * * portable blinds. allow hunting of migratory game birds
Seney National Wildlife Refuge 4. During muzzleloader hunts we throughout the district (except that we
require only guns capable of firing one allow no hunting on the Townsend,
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We round before reloading.
only allow hunting of woodcock and Headquarters, Mavis, and Gilmore
5. We allow hunters with a State
snipe on designated areas of the refuge Waterfowl Production Areas (WPA) in
medical permit to use crossbows.
in accordance with State regulations. Otter Tail County, and Larson WPA in
D. Sport Fishing. We allow sport
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow Douglas County) in accordance with
fishing on designated areas in
hunting of ruffed grouse and snowshoe State regulations subject to the
accordance with State regulations
hare on designated areas of the refuge in following conditions:
subject to the following conditions:
accordance with State regulations 1. We allow fishing by boat in 1. We prohibit the use of motorized
subject to the following conditions: navigable waterways but not within any boats.
1. We allow hunting of snowshoe hare managed refuge units. 2. You must remove boats, decoys,
on Unit B during the entire State season. 2. We allow bank fishing from legal blinds, and blind materials (see § 27.93
2. We only allow hunting of snowshoe sunrise to legal sunset only at of this chapter) brought onto the WPAs
hare on Unit A from December 1 designated sites along the Spaulding at the end of each day.
through March 31. Drain and the Tittabawassee and Cass 3. We allow the use of hunting dogs
* * * * * Rivers. provided the dog is under the
D. Sport Fishing. * * * ■ 23. Amend § 32.42 Minnesota by: immediate control of the hunter at all
* * * * * ■ a. Revising the introductory text of times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter).
2. We allow ice fishing from January paragraph C. and adding paragraphs C.3. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
1 through the end of February from legal and C.4. of Agassiz National Wildlife upland game hunting throughout the
sunrise to legal sunset. Refuge; district (except that we allow no
■ b. Revising Fergus Falls Wetland hunting on the Townsend,
* * * * *
Management District; Headquarters, Mavis, and Gilmore
5. We allow fishing on designated
■ c. Revising the introductory text of WPAs in Otter Tail County, and Larson
refuge pools, and the Creighton, Driggs,
paragraph A., adding paragraphs A.3. WPA in Douglas County) in accordance
and Manistique Rivers from May 15
and A.4., and revising paragraphs B., the with State regulations subject to the
through September 30 from legal sunrise
introductory text of paragraph C., and following condition: Condition A3
to legal sunset.
revising paragraph D. of Litchfield applies.
6. We prohibit boats and flotation
Wetland Management District; C. Big Game Hunting. We allow big
devices on the refuge pools. ■ d. Adding paragraphs B.3., C.5., and
7. We prohibit motorized boats on the game hunting throughout the district
C.6. of Minnesota Valley National (except that we allow no hunting on the
Creighton and Driggs Rivers. Wildlife Refuge; Townsend, Headquarters, Mavis, and
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge ■ e. Revising Morris Wetland Gilmore WPAs in Otter Tail County, and
Management District; Larson WPA in Douglas County) in
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We ■ f. Revising the introductory text of
allow hunting of goose on designated accordance with State regulations
paragraphs A. and B. and adding subject to the following conditions:
areas in accordance with State paragraph B.2. of Rice Lake National
regulations subject to the following 1. We prohibit the construction or use
Wildlife Refuge; of permanent blinds, platforms, or
conditions: ■ g. Revising paragraph A.5. and adding
1. You must possess and carry a ladders.
paragraphs B.2., C.3., and C.4. of
refuge permit. 2. You must remove all portable
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge;
2. We allow goose hunting on hunting stands and blinds from the area
■ h. Revising paragraphs A.1., B.1., B.2.,
designated cropland fields until 12 p.m. at the end of each day (see § 27.93 of
C.1., and D. of Tamarac National Wildlife
(noon) with a required checkout time of this chapter).
Refuge to read as follows:
1 p.m. D. Sport Fishing. We allow sport
3. You may only possess approved § 32.42 Minnesota. fishing throughout the district (except
nontoxic shotgun shells (see § 32.2(k)) * * * * * that we allow no fishing on the
in quantities of 10 or less. Townsend, Headquarters, Mavis, and
4. We require hunters to stay within Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge Gilmore WPAs in Otter Tail County and
50 feet (15 m) of posted site. * * * * * Larson WPA in Douglas County) in
* * * * * C. Big Game Hunting. We allow accordance with State regulations
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow hunting of white-tailed deer and moose subject to the following conditions:
hunting of white-tailed deer on on designated areas of the refuge in 1. Condition A1 applies.
designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations 2. You must remove all ice fishing
accordance with State regulations subject to the following conditions: structures, devices, and personal
subject to the following conditions: * * * * * property (see § 27.93 of this chapter)
1. You must possess and carry a 3. We allow the use of wheeled, brought onto the area following each
refuge permit. nonmotorized conveyance devices (i.e., day of fishing.

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Litchfield Wetland Management portions of the Edward-Long Lake 2. We require that the visible portion
District Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in of at least one article of clothing worn
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We Stevens County in accordance with above the waist be blaze orange.
allow hunting of migratory game birds State regulations subject to the * * * * *
throughout the district except we following conditions:
1. We prohibit the use of motorized Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge
prohibit hunting on the Phare Lake
Waterfowl Production Area in Renville boats. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
2. You must remove boats, decoys, * * *
County. All hunting is in accordance
blinds, and blind materials (see § 27.93 * * * * *
with State regulations subject to the
of this chapter) at the end of each day. 5. We prohibit hunting during the
following conditions:
3. We allow the use of hunting dogs, State Special Goose Hunt (the early
* * * * * provided the dog is under the
3. We prohibit the use of motorized September and late December Canada
immediate control of the hunter at all goose hunting seasons).
boats. times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter).
4. We allow the use of hunting dogs, B. Upland Game Hunting. * * *
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
provided the dog is under the hunting of upland game except that we * * * * *
immediate control of the hunter at all 2. We prohibit field possession of
prohibit hunting on the designated
times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter). upland game species on areas closed to
portions of the Edward-Long Lake
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow upland game hunting.
Waterfowl Production Area in Stevens
upland game hunting throughout the C. Big Game Hunting. * * *
County in accordance with State
district, except we prohibit hunting on regulations subject to the following * * * * *
the Phare Lake Waterfowl Production condition: Condition A3 applies. 3. You must dismantle hunting
Area in Renville County. Hunting is in C. Big Game Hunting. We allow blinds, platforms, and ladders made
accordance with State regulations hunting of deer throughout the district from natural vegetation at the end of
subject to the following condition: except that we prohibit hunting on the each day.
Condition A4 applies. designated portions of the Edward-Long 4. We prohibit the possession of
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow big Lake Waterfowl Production Area in firearms or archery equipment on areas
game hunting throughout the district, Stevens County in accordance with closed to white-tailed deer hunting.
except we prohibit hunting on the Phare State regulations subject to the * * * * *
Lake Waterfowl Production Area in following conditions:
Renville County. Hunting is in Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
1. We prohibit the construction or use
accordance with State regulations of permanent blinds, platforms, or A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
subject to the following conditions: ladders. * * *
* * * * * 2. You must remove all portable 1. Hunting by tribal members is in
D. Sport Fishing. We allow sport hunting stands and blinds from the area accordance with White Earth
fishing throughout the district in at the end of each day (see § 27.93 of Reservation regulations on those
accordance with State regulations this chapter). portions of the Reservation that are a
subject to the following conditions: D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing part of the refuge.
1. We prohibit the use of motorized throughout the district except that we * * * * *
boats. prohibit fishing on the designated B. Upland Game Hunting. * * *
2. You must remove all ice fishing portions of the Edward-Long Lake 1. Hunting by tribal members is in
structures, devices, and personal Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in accordance with White Earth
property (see § 27.93 of this chapter) Stevens County in accordance with Reservation regulations on those parts of
brought onto the area at the end of the State regulations subject to the the Reservation that are part of the
day. following conditions: refuge.
1. Condition A1 applies. 2. You may only hunt red fox,
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife 2. You must remove all ice fishing raccoon, and striped skunk from 1⁄2 hour
Refuge structures, devices, and personal before legal sunrise until legal sunset
* * * * * property (see § 27.93 of this chapter) from September 1 through the last day
B. Upland Game Hunting. * * * brought onto the WPA at the end of each of February.
* * * * * day’s fishing. * * * * *
3. We allow the use of .22 caliber * * * * * C. Big Game Hunting. * * *
rimfire rifles on designated areas of the 1. Hunting by tribal members is in
Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge
refuge. accordance with White Earth
C. Big Game Hunting. * * * A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We Reservation regulations on those parts of
* * * * * allow hunting of woodcock and the Reservation that are part of the
5. We prohibit the possession of common snipe on designated areas in refuge.
centerfire rifles or handguns on the accordance with State regulations * * * * *
refuge. subject to the following conditions: D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
6. We allow the use of shotguns and * * * * * designated areas of the refuge between
muzzleloaders on designated areas. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. in
* * * * * hunting of ruffed grouse, spruce grouse, accordance with State regulations
gray and fox squirrels, cottontail rabbit, subject to the following conditions:
Morris Wetland Management District and snowshoe hare on designated areas 1. We allow fishing in North Tamarac
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We of the refuge in accordance with State Lake, Wauboose Lake, and Two Island
allow hunting of migratory game birds regulations subject to the following Lake all year in accordance with State
throughout the district except that we conditions: and/or White Earth Reservation
prohibit hunting on the designated * * * * * regulations.

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2. We allow fishing in Blackbird Lake legal sunset. We prohibit entering or § 27.51 of this chapter). We prohibit the
and Lost Lake from the first day of the remaining on the refuge before or after use of flagging, paint, blazes, tacks, or
State walleye season through Labor Day hours. other types of markers.
under State and/or White Earth 3. We only allow hunting of migratory 12. We prohibit ATVs (see § 27.31(f)
Reservation regulations. game birds on Wednesdays, Saturdays, of this chapter), horses, and mules on
3. We only allow bank fishing in an and Sundays, from 1⁄2 hour before legal the refuge.
area 50 yards (45 m) on either side of sunrise to 12 p.m. (noon). Hunters must B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
the Ottertail River Bridges on County remove all decoys, blind material (see hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit, beaver,
Roads #26 and #126 during State §27.93 of this chapter), and harvested nutria, raccoon, coyotes, and opossum
seasons. waterfowl from the area no later than 1 on designated areas of the refuge in
4. We allow fishing in Pine Lake from p.m. each day. After duck, merganser, accordance with State regulations
December 1 until March 31. and coot season closes, you may hunt subject to the following conditions:
* * * * * goose daily from 1⁄2 hour before legal 1. Conditions A1, A4, A5, A8, and
■ 24. Amend § 32.43 Mississippi by: sunrise until legal sunset. A12 apply.
■ a. Revising Dahomey National Wildlife 4. Each hunter must obtain a daily 2. We restrict all public use to the
Refuge; User Information Card (pink) available period beginning 2 hours before legal
■ b. Revising paragraphs A., B., and C. of at each refuge information station and sunrise and ending 2 hours after legal
Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge; follow the printed instructions on the sunset. We prohibit entering or
■ c. Revising Hillside National Wildlife card. Hunters must place the card in remaining on the refuge before or after
Refuge; plain view on the dashboard of their hours. We establish special provisions
■ d. Revising Mathews Brake National vehicle so the personal information is for raccoon hunting; contact the refuge
Wildlife Refuge; readable. Prior to leaving the refuge, you office for details.
■ e. Revising Morgan Brake National must complete the reverse side of the 3. You may only possess shotguns
Wildlife Refuge; card and deposit it at one of the hunter with approved nontoxic shotgun shot
■ f. Revising Panther Swamp National information stations. Include all game (see § 32.2(k)) and .22 caliber rifles. We
Wildlife Refuge; harvested, and if there is none, report prohibit all handguns.
■ g. Revising St. Catherine Creek ‘‘0.’’ 4. All hunters or persons on the refuge
National Wildlife Refuge; 5. We may close certain areas of the for any reason during any open refuge
■ h. Revising Tallahatchie National refuge for sanctuary or administrative hunting season must wear a minimum
Wildlife Refuge; and purposes. We will mark such areas with of 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of
■ i. Revising Yazoo National Wildlife ‘‘No Hunting’’ or ‘‘Area Closed’’ signs. visible, unbroken, fluorescent orange-
Refuge to read as follows: 6. We prohibit handguns of all kinds.
7. Waterfowl hunters may leave boats colored material above the waistline.
§ 32.43 Mississippi. meeting all State registration 5. We only allow dogs on the refuge
* * * * * requirements on refuge water bodies after the general Gun Deer Hunt. Dogs
throughout the waterfowl season. You must remain in the immediate control of
Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge their handlers at all times (see § 26.21(b)
must remove boats (see § 27.93 of this
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We chapter) within 72 hours after the of this chapter).
allow hunting of migratory waterfowl, season closes. 6. We prohibit cutting or removing
coot, snipe, and woodcock on 8. We restrict motor vehicle use to trees and other vegetation (see § 27.51 of
designated areas of the refuge in roads designated as vehicle access roads this chapter). We prohibit the use of
accordance with State regulations on the refuge map (see § 27.31 of this flagging, paint, blazes, tacks, or other
subject to the following conditions: chapter). We prohibit blocking access to types of markers.
1. Youth hunters age 15 and under any road or trail entering the refuge (see C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
must possess and carry a hunter safety § 27.31(h) of this chapter). hunting of white-tailed deer, turkey, and
course card or certificate. Each youth 9. All hunters or persons on the refuge feral hog on designated areas of the
hunter must remain within sight and for any reason during any open refuge refuge in accordance with State
normal voice contact of an adult age 21 hunting season must wear a minimum regulations subject to the following
or older. All hunters must possess and of 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of conditions:
carry a valid, signed refuge hunting visible, unbroken, fluorescent orange- 1. Conditions A1, A4, A5, A6, A8, and
permit certifying that you understand colored material above the waistline. A12 apply.
and will comply with all regulations, Waterfowl hunters must comply while 2. We restrict all public use to 2 hours
and hunters must carry a State license walking/boating to and from actual before legal sunrise until 2 hours after
and a signed Federal and State duck hunting area. Waterfowl hunters may legal sunset. We prohibit entering or
stamp on their person while hunting on remove the fluorescent orange while remaining on the refuge before or after
the refuge. Hunters born after January 1, actually hunting. hours.
1972, also must carry a Hunter 10. We only allow dogs on the refuge 3. All hunters or persons on the refuge
Education Safety Course card or when specifically authorized for for any reason during any open refuge
certificate. You may obtain permits at hunting. We encourage the use of dogs hunting season must wear a minimum
North Mississippi Refuges Complex to retrieve dead or wounded waterfowl. of 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of
Headquarters, 2776 Sunset Drive, Dogs must remain in the immediate visible, unbroken, fluorescent orange-
Grenada, Mississippi 38901, or at the control of their handlers at all times (see colored material above the waistline.
Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge § 26.21(b) of this chapter). We do not require this for turkey
Office, Box 831, Highway 446, Boyle, 11. You must remove decoys, blinds, hunting.
Mississippi 38730, or by mail from the other personal property, and litter (see 4. We prohibit dogs for any big game
above addresses. §§ 27.93 and 27.94 of this chapter) from hunt.
2. All users may enter the refuge 2 the hunting area following each 5. We prohibit use or possession of
hours before legal sunrise and must exit morning’s hunt. We prohibit cutting or any drug or device for employing such
the refuge no later than 2 hours after removing trees and other vegetation (see drug for hunting (see § 32.2(g)).

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6. We prohibit organized drives for and harvested waterfowl from the area not in use or they will be subject to
deer. no later than 1 p.m. each day. confiscation (see § 27.93 of this chapter).
7. We prohibit hunting or shooting 2. You must only use portable or 4. We prohibit hunting by organized
across any open, fallow, or planted field temporary blinds. deer drives of two or more hunters. We
from ground level or on or across any 3. You may only possess approved define ‘‘drive’’ as the act of chasing,
public road, public highway, railroad, or nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) while pursuing, disturbing, or otherwise
their right-of-way during all general gun hunting waterfowl in the field. directing deer so as to make the animals
and primitive weapon hunts. 4. The refuge is a day-use area only more susceptible to harvest.
8. You may erect portable deer stands with the exception of legal hunting 5. We prohibit hunting with the aid of
(see § 32.2i)) 2 weeks prior to the activities. bait (see § 32.2(h)).
opening of archery season on the refuge, 5. We prohibit the use of all-terrain * * * * *
and you must remove them by January vehicles on all refuge hunts.
31 (see § 27.93 of this chapter). We 6. We prohibit target practice on Hillside National Wildlife Refuge
prohibit cutting or removing trees and refuge property. A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
other vegetation (see § 27.51 of this 7. We prohibit mules and horses on allow hunting of goose, duck,
chapter). We prohibit the use of refuge hunts. merganser, coot, and dove in accordance
flagging, paint, blazes, tacks, or other 8. We allow retrievers for waterfowl
with State regulations subject to the
types of markers. hunting. We require all dogs to wear a
following conditions:
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on collar displaying the owner’s name,
1. We are open for hunting during the
designated areas of the refuge in address, and telephone number.
State season except during the
accordance with State regulations 9. You must unload and case or
muzzleloader deer hunt.
subject to the following conditions: dismantle firearms (see § 27.42(b) of this
2. There is no early teal season.
1. All anglers must possess and carry chapter) before transporting them in a
vehicle or boat within the boundaries of 3. We allow hunting from 1⁄2 hour
a valid, signed refuge fishing permit before legal sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon).
certifying that you understand and will the refuge or along rights-of-way for
public or private land within the refuge. 4. Hunters must remove all decoys,
comply with all regulations.
10. Each hunter must possess and blind material (see § 27.93 of this
2. We close the refuge to fishing from
carry a current, signed copy of the chapter), and harvested waterfowl from
October 1 through February 28.
3. We prohibit possession of any refuge hunting permit while the area no later than 1 p.m. each day.
weapon (see § 27.42 of this chapter) participating in refuge hunts. 5. Youth hunters age 15 and under
while fishing on the refuge. 11. Youth hunters under age 16 must must possess and carry a hunter safety
4. We prohibit possession or use of possess and carry a State-approved course card or certificate. Each youth
jugs, seines, nets, hand-grab baskets, slat hunter safety course card or certificate. hunter must remain within sight and
traps/baskets, or any other similar Each youth hunter must remain within normal voice contact of an adult age 21
devices and commercial fishing of any sight and normal voice contact of an or older. Hunters age 16 and older must
kind. adult age 21 or older. An adult may possess and carry a valid signed refuge
5. We allow trotlines, yo-yos, limb supervise no more than two youths Public Use Permit certifying that he or
lines, crawfish traps, or any other during small game hunts and one youth she understands and will comply with
similar devices for recreational use only. during big game hunts. all regulations. One adult may supervise
You must tag or mark these devices with B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow no more than one youth hunter.
your full name, full residence address hunting of squirrel on designated areas 6. Each day before hunting, all
including zip code, written with of the refuge in accordance with State hunters must obtain a daily User
waterproof ink, legibly inscribed or regulations subject to the following Information Card (pink) available at the
legibly stamped on the tag. You must conditions: hunter information stations (see refuge
attend these devices a minimum of once 1. Conditions A4 through A7 and A9 brochure map) and follow the printed
a day. If you do not attend these devices through A11 apply. instructions on the card. You must
(see § 27.93 of this chapter), you must 2. You may only possess approved display this card in plain view on the
remove them from the refuge. nontoxic shot while hunting on the dashboard of your vehicle while
6. We prohibit snagging or attempting refuge (see § 32.2(k)). All shotgun hunting or fishing so that the personal
to snag fish. ammunition must meet legal shot-size information is readable. Prior to leaving
7. We allow crawfishing. requirements. We only allow .22 caliber the refuge, you must complete the
8. We only allow the taking of frog by rimfire. reverse side of the card and deposit it
Special Use Permit. 3. We prohibit the possession of dogs at one of the refuge information stations.
* * * * * for squirrel hunting. 7. Failure to display the User
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow Information Card will result in the loss
Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge hunting of white-tailed deer and feral of the hunter’s refuge annual Public Use
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We hog on designated areas of the refuge in Permit.
allow hunting of goose, duck, coot, and accordance with State regulations 8. We prohibit hunting or entry into
mourning dove on designated areas of subject to the following conditions: areas designated as ‘‘CLOSED’’ (see
the refuge in accordance with State 1. Conditions A4 through A7, A9 refuge brochure map).
regulations subject to the following through A11, and B3 apply. 9. We prohibit possession of alcoholic
conditions: 2. We only allow hunting with bow beverages.
1. We allow hunting from 30 minutes and arrow. We prohibit the use of 10. We prohibit possession of plastic
before legal sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon) poisonous arrows (see § 32.2(g)). We flagging tape.
on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, prohibit firearms. 11. We prohibit handguns.
and Thursdays. Hunters may enter the 3. We prohibit the use or construction 12. You must unload and case guns
refuge 2 hours before legal sunrise. of any permanent tree stand. We allow (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter)
Hunters must remove all decoys, blind portable and climbing stands, but you transported in/on vehicles, ATVs, and
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13. You must park vehicles in such a to the designated waterfowl hunting Mathews Brake National Wildlife
manner as to not obstruct roads, gates, area (see refuge brochure map). Refuge
turnrows, or firelanes (see § 27.31(h) of 4. Conditions A5 through A7 and B6 A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
this chapter). apply. allow hunting of goose, duck,
15. Valid permit holders may take the 5. During all gun and muzzleloader
merganser, and coot in accordance with
following furbearers in season deer hunts: all participants must wear at
State regulations subject to the
incidental to other refuge hunts with least 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of
following conditions:
legal firearms used for that hunt: unbroken flourescent-orange material
1. We allow hunting during the open
raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, visible above the waistline as an outer
State season.
bobcat, and nutria. garment while hunting and enroute to 2. There is no early teal season.
16. We only allow ATVs on and from hunting areas; we prohibit 3. Beginning the opening day of duck
designated trails (see § 27.31 of this hunting from tripods and other free- season, we restrict hunting to the
chapter) (see refuge brochure map). standing platforms in fields and tree designated waterfowl hunt area only
17. We open for dove hunting the first plantations (during muzzleloader deer (see refuge brochure map).
and second State season. Contact the hunt); and we prohibit all other public 4. Youth hunters age 15 and under
refuge headquarters for specific dates use on the refuge. must possess and carry a hunter safety
and open areas. 6. We prohibit organized drives for course card or certificate. Each youth
18. You may only take dove with deer. hunter must remain within sight and
shotguns shooting approved nontoxic 7. We prohibit hunting from or
normal voice contact of an adult age 21
shot. shooting across open fields from ground
19. You may only possess approved or older.
level. 5. During the refuge youth hunts,
nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) while in the 8. We only allow crossbows in
scheduled the first 2 weekends in
field. accordance with State law.
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow 9. You must unload guns (see January, both youth and accompanying
hunting of squirrel, rabbit, quail, and § 27.42(b) of this chapter) while adult may hunt. Only one adult may
raccoon on designated areas of the standing beside, in, or walking across accompany each youth hunter.
refuge in accordance with State any portion of a field, tree plantation, 6. We allow hunting from 1⁄2 hour
regulations subject to the following road, pipeline, or powerline right-of- before legal sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon).
7. Hunters must remove all decoys,
conditions: way. We define ‘‘a loaded gun’’ as shells
1. Conditions A1 and A5 through A15 blind material (see § 27.93 of this
in the gun or percussion caps on
apply. chapter), and harvested waterfowl from
muzzleloaders.
2. We only allow shotguns with 10. Stands adjacent to fields and tree the area no later than 1 p.m. each day.
approved nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) 8. If you are a hunter age 16 or older,
plantations must be a minimum of 10
and .22 caliber rimfire rifles for taking you must possess and carry a valid,
feet (300 cm) above ground.
small game (we prohibit .22 caliber 11. We prohibit attaching stands to signed refuge Public Use Permit
magnums). any power or utility pole. certifying that you understand and will
3. We only allow dogs for rabbit and 12. You may place stands on the comply with all regulations.
quail hunting typically during the last 2 refuge 7 days prior to and must remove 9. Each day before hunting, each
weeks in February. Hunt dates are them (see § 27.93 of this chapter) by day hunter must obtain a daily User
available at the refuge headquarters and 7 after the close of the refuge deer Information Card (pink) available at the
printed in the refuge brochure. We season. hunter information stations (see refuge
restrict hunting to the waterfowl 13. You must remove stands in the brochure map) and follow the printed
hunting area (see refuge brochure map). January/February closed area by the last instructions on the card. You must
4. During the rabbit-with-dog and day of the muzzleloader hunt. display this card on the dashboard of
quail hunts, any person hunting or 14. You must field-dress deer. your vehicle while hunting or fishing so
accompanying another person hunting 15. We designate check station dates that the personal information is
must wear at least 500 square inches and requirements in the refuge readable. Prior to leaving the refuge, you
(3,250 cm2) of unbroken flourescent- brochure. must complete the reverse side of the
orange material visible above the D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on card and deposit it at one of the refuge
waistline as an outer garment. designated areas of the refuge in information stations.
5. Beginning the first day after the accordance with State regulations 10. Failure to display the User
deer muzzleloader hunt, we restrict subject to the following conditions: Information Card will result in the loss
hunting to the designated waterfowl 1. We close all refuge waters during of the hunter’s refuge annual Public Use
hunting area (see refuge brochure map). the muzzleloader deer hunt. Permit.
6. We prohibit horses and mules. 2. We allow fishing in the borrow 11. We prohibit hunting or entry into
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow ponds along the north levee (see refuge areas designated as ‘‘CLOSED’’ (see
hunting of white-tail deer on designated brochure map) throughout the year refuge brochure map).
areas of the refuge in accordance with except during the muzzleloader Gun 12. We prohibit possession of
State regulations subject to the Deer Hunt. alcoholic beverages.
following conditions: 3. We open all other refuge waters 13. We prohibit possession of plastic
1. Hunts and hunt dates are available March 1 through November 15. flagging tape.
at the refuge headquarters in July, and 4. We prohibit trot lines, limb lines, 14. We prohibit handguns.
we post them in the refuge brochure. jugs, seines, and traps. 15. You must unload and case guns
2. We only allow ATVs on designated 5. We prohibit fishing from bridges. (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter)
trails (see § 27.31 of this chapter) 6. We allow frogging during the State transported in/on vehicles and boats
beginning the second Saturday in bullfrog season. under power.
September through February 28 (see 7. We only allow ATVs on designated 16. We prohibit parking vehicles in
refuge brochure map). trails (see § 27.31 of this chapter) (see such a manner as to obstruct roads,
3. Beginning the first day after the refuge brochure map) September 15 gates, turnrows, or firelanes (see
muzzleloader hunt, we restrict hunting through February 28. § 27.31(h) of this chapter).

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17. Valid permit holders may take the Morgan Brake National Wildlife Refuge 16. You may only possess approved
following furbearers in season nontoxic shot while hunting on the
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
incidental to other refuge hunts with refuge (see § 32.2(k)).
allow hunting of goose, duck,
legal firearms used for that hunt: B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
merganser, and coot on the refuge in
raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, hunting of squirrel, rabbit, quail, and
accordance with State regulations
bobcat, and nutria. raccoon on designated areas of the
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow subject to the following conditions:
refuge in accordance with State
hunting of squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon 1. We open for hunting during the regulations subject to the following
on designated areas of the refuge in State season, except we close during the conditions:
accordance with State regulations muzzleloader deer hunt. 1. Conditions A1 and A5 (we only
subject to the following conditions: 2. There is no early teal season. allow one adult per youth hunter), and
1. Conditions A4 applies. 3. We allow hunting from 1⁄2 hour A6 through A14 apply.
2. We only allow shotguns with before legal sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon). 2. We only allow shotguns shooting
approved nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) or 4. Hunters must remove all decoys, approved nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k))
.22 caliber rimfire rifles for taking small blind material (see § 27.93 of this and .22 caliber rimfire rifles for taking
game (we prohibit .22 caliber chapter), and harvested waterfowl from small game (we prohibit .22 caliber
magnums). the area no later than 1 p.m. each day. magnums).
3. We only allow dogs for rabbit 5. Youth hunters age 15 and under 3. We only allow dogs for rabbit and
hunting typically the last 2 weeks in must possess and carry a hunter safety quail hunting typically during the last 2
February. Hunt dates are available at the course card or certificate. Each youth weeks in February. Hunt dates are
refuge headquarters and printed in the hunter must remain within sight and available at the refuge headquarters and
refuge brochure. We restrict hunting to normal voice contact of an adult age 21 printed in the refuge brochure. We
the waterfowl hunting area (see refuge or older. If you are a hunter age 16 or restrict hunting to the waterfowl
brochure map). older you must possess and carry a hunting area (see refuge brochure map).
4. During the rabbit-with-dog hunt, valid, signed refuge Public Use Permit 4. During the rabbit and quail-with-
any person hunting or accompanying certifying that you understand and will dog hunt, any person hunting or
another person hunting must wear at comply with all regulations. accompanying another person hunting
least 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of 6. Each day before hunting, all must wear at least 500 square inches
unbroken flourescent-orange material hunters must obtain a daily User (3,250 cm2) of unbroken flourescent-
visible above the waistline as an outer Information Card (pink) available at orange material visible above the
garment. each refuge information station (see waistline as an outer garment.
5. We prohibit horses and mules. 5. Beginning the first day after the
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow refuge brochure map) and follow the
printed instructions on the card. You deer muzzleloader hunt, we restrict
archery hunting of white-tailed deer on
must display this card in plain view on hunting to the designated waterfowl
designated areas of the refuge in
the dashboard of your vehicle while hunting area (see refuge brochure map).
accordance with State regulations 6. We prohibit horses.
subject to the following conditions: hunting or fishing so the personal
information is readable. Prior to leaving C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
1. We only allow archery hunting
the refuge, you must complete the hunting of white-tail deer on designated
October 1 through January 31.
reverse side of the card and deposit it areas of the refuge in accordance with
2. State bag limits apply.
3. Beginning the first day of duck at one of the refuge information stations. State regulations subject to the
season, we restrict hunting to the 7. Failure to display the User following conditions:
designated waterfowl hunt area only Information Card will result in the loss 1. Hunt information and dates are
(see refuge brochure map). of the hunter’s refuge annual Public Use available both at the refuge headquarters
4. Conditions A7 through A9 and B5 Permit. in July and posted in the refuge
apply. 8. We prohibit hunting or entry into brochure.
5. We prohibit organized drives for areas designated as ‘‘CLOSED’’ (see 2. We only allow ATVs on designated
deer. refuge brochure map). trails (see § 27.31 of this chapter)
6. We only allow crossbows in beginning the second Saturday in
9. We prohibit possession of alcoholic
accordance with State law. September through February 28 (see
beverages.
7. We prohibit attaching stands to any refuge brochure map).
10. We prohibit plastic flagging tape. 3. Beginning the first day after the
power or utility pole. 11. We prohibit handguns at all times.
8. You may place stands on the refuge muzzleloader hunt, we restrict hunting
12. You must unload and case guns to north of Providence Road and the
7 days prior to and must remove them
(see § 27.42(b) of this chapter) area west and south of Spring Branch
(see § 27.93 of this chapter) by day 7
transported in/on vehicles, ATVs, and (see refuge brochure map).
after the close of the refuge deer season.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on boats under power. 4. During all gun and muzzleloader
designated areas of the refuge in 13. We prohibit parking of vehicles in deer hunts, all participants must wear at
accordance with State regulations such a manner as to obstruct roads, least 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of
subject to the following conditions: gates, turnrows, or firelanes (see unbroken flourescent-orange material
1. We allow fishing in all refuge § 27.31(h) of this chapter). visible above the waistline as an outer
waters throughout the year, except in 14. We allow take by valid permit garment while hunting and enroute to
the waterfowl sanctuary, which we holders of the following in-season and from hunting areas.
close from the first day of duck season furbearers, incidental to other refuge 5. During muzzleloader deer hunts,
through March 15 (see refuge brochure hunts with legal firearms used for that we prohibit all other public use.
map). hunt: raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, 6. We prohibit organized drives for
2. We prohibit trot lines, limb lines, bobcat, and nutria. deer.
jugs, seines, and traps. 15. We only allow ATVs on 7. We prohibit hunting from or
3. We allow frogging during the State designated trails (see § 27.31 of this shooting across open fields from ground
bullfrog season. chapter) (see refuge brochure map). level.

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8. We only allow crossbows in 1. We allow hunting during the open B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
accordance with State law. State season except we close during all hunting of squirrel, rabbit, quail, and
9. We define a loaded gun as shells in Limited Permit Hunts. raccoon on designated areas of the
the gun or percussion caps on 2. Youth hunters age 15 and under refuge in accordance with State
muzzleloaders. must possess and carry a hunter safety regulations subject to the following
10. You must unload guns (see course card or certificate. Each youth conditions:
§ 27.42(b) of this chapter) while hunter must remain within sight and 1. We allow hunting during the open
standing beside, in, or walking across normal voice contact of an adult age 21 State season except we close during
any portion of a field, tree plantation, or older. Both youth and accompanying limited refuge deer hunts. You may
road, pipeline, or powerline right-of- adult may hunt. Only one adult may obtain information on the hunts and
way. accompany each youth hunter. hunt dates both at the refuge
11. During the muzzleloader deer 3. There is no early teal season. headquarters in July and posted in the
hunt, we prohibit hunting from tripods 4. We allow hunting from 1⁄2 hour refuge brochure.
and other free-standing platforms in before legal sunrise until 12 p.m. (noon). 2. Conditions A2 (squirrel hunting),
fields and tree plantations. 5. Hunters must remove all decoys, A6 through A8, and A10 through A17
12. Stands adjacent to fields and tree blind material (see § 27.93 of this apply.
plantations must be a minimum of 10 chapter), and harvested waterfowl from 3. We only allow shotguns with
feet (3 m) above ground. the area no later than 1 p.m. each day. approved nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k))
13. We prohibit attaching stands to 6. Each hunter age 16 and older must and .22 caliber rimfire rifles for taking
any power or utility pole. possess and carry a valid, signed refuge small game (we prohibit .22 caliber
14. You may place stands on the Public Use Permit certifying that they magnums). We prohibit possession of
refuge 7 days prior to and must remove understand and will comply with all toxic shot, buckshot, and slugs.
them (see § 27.93 of this chapter) by day regulations. 4. We only allow dogs for rabbit
7 after the close of the refuge deer 7. Each day before hunting, all hunting typically the last 2 weeks in
season. hunters must obtain a daily User February. You may obtain hunt dates
15. You must remove stands in the Information Card (pink) available at the both at the refuge headquarters and
January/February closed area by the last hunter information stations (see refuge printed in the refuge brochure (see
day of the muzzleloader hunt. brochure map) and follow the printed refuge brochure map for open areas).
16. Hunters must field-dress their instructions on the card. You must 5. During the rabbit-with-dog and
deer. display this card in plain view on the quail hunts, any person hunting or
17. We designate check station dates dashboard of your vehicle while accompanying another person hunting
and requirements in the refuge hunt hunting or fishing so that the personal must wear at least 500 square inches
brochure. information is readable. Prior to leaving (3,250 cm2) of unbroken flourescent-
18. Conditions A5 through A7 and B6 the refuge, you must complete the orange material visible above the
apply. reverse side of the card and deposit it waistline as an outer garment.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on at one of the refuge information stations. 6. Beginning the first day after the last
designated areas of the refuge in 8. Failure to display the User Limited Deer Gun Hunt, we restrict
accordance with State regulations Information Card will result in the loss hunting to the designated waterfowl
subject to the following conditions: of the hunter’s refuge annual Public Use hunting area (see refuge brochure map).
1. We close all refuge waters during Permit. 7. We prohibit horses.
the muzzleloader deer hunt. 9. You may obtain hunt dates both at C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
2. We only allow fishing in refuge the refuge headquarters in July and hunting of white-tail deer and turkey on
waters north of Providence Road posted in the refuge brochure. designated areas of the refuge in
throughout the year except during the 10. We prohibit hunting or entry into accordance with State regulations
muzzleloader deer hunt. areas designated as ‘‘CLOSED’’ (see subject to the following conditions:
3. We open all other refuge waters refuge brochure map). 1. Conditions A7, A8, A9, A17, B6,
March 1 through November 15. 11. We prohibit possession of and B7 apply.
4. We prohibit trot lines, limb lines, alcoholic beverages. 2. We may require a Limited Hunt
jugs, seines, and traps. 12. We prohibit plastic flagging tape. Permit for spring turkey hunting, regular
5. We prohibit fishing from bridges. 13. We prohibit handguns at all times. gun deer, and muzzleloader deer
6. We allow frogging during the State 14. You must unload and case guns hunting. We issue the Limited Hunt
bullfrog season. (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter) Permit by random computer drawing. If
7. We only allow ATVs on designated transported in/on vehicles, ATVs, and we draw your name, there is a fee for
trails (see § 27.31 of this chapter) (see boats under power. each permit. Limited Hunt Permits are
refuge brochure map) September 15 15. We prohibit parking of vehicles in not transferable and are nonrefundable.
through February 28. such a manner as to obstruct roads, Contact the refuge headquarters for
8. We will post separate fishing gates, turnrows, or firelanes (see specific requirements. The regular gun
regulations for Providence Ponds on § 27.31(h) of this chapter). deer and muzzleloader deer hunts
Morgan Brake at the Morgan Brake 16. We allow take by valid permit require a Limited Hunt Permit that we
office. holders of the following furbearers in assign by random computer drawing. If
* * * * * season, incidental to other refuge hunts we draw your name, there is a fee for
with legal firearms used for that hunt: each permit. Limited Hunt Permits are
Panther Swamp National Wildlife Raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, not transferable and nonrefundable.
Refuge bobcat, and nutria. Contact the refuge headquarters for
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We 17. We only allow ATVs, beginning specific requirements, hunt, and
allow hunting of goose, duck, the second Saturday in September application dates.
merganser, and coot in accordance with through February 28, on designated 3. We may designate dates for youth
State regulations subject to the trails (see § 27.31 of this chapter) (see (ages 12 to 15) turkey hunting. Contact
following regulations: refuge brochure map). the refuge headquarters or see the refuge

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brochure for youth hunt dates. Youth them (see § 27.93 of this chapter) by day 10. Hunters may enter the refuge 2
hunters age 15 and under must possess 7 after the close of the refuge deer hours before legal sunrise and must exit
and carry a hunter safety course card or season. the refuge no later than 2 hours after
certificate. Each youth hunter must 22. You must remove stands in the legal sunset. We prohibit entering or
remain within sight and normal voice January/February closed area by the last remaining on the refuge before or after
contact of an adult age 21 or older (one day of the muzzleloader hunt. hours.
youth per adult). 24. You must field-dress deer. 11. All persons in all underway boats
4. During spring turkey season we D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on must wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved
only allow ATVs on Southern Natural designated areas of the refuge in personal flotation devices.
Gas pipeline, from Cotton’s access to accordance with State regulations 12. You must hand-launch boats
Tupelo Brake Duck Club boundary (see subject to the following conditions: except at designated boat ramps, where
refuge brochure map). 1. We close all refuge waters during you may trailer-launch them.
5. You must immediately tag all limited deer gun hunts. 13. We only open ATV trails (see
harvested turkeys prior to moving them. 2. We open waters between the East § 27.31 of this chapter) to ATV traffic
6. We only allow shotguns shooting and West levee, the Landside Ditch, and during scheduled hunts and scouting
approved nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) the portion of Panther Creek adjacent to periods.
and archery while turkey hunting. the West Levee year-round except 14. Hunters must be age 16 or older
7. You must immediately tag all game during limited Gun Deer Hunts. to operate an ATV on the refuge.
harvested prior to moving it during 3. We open all other refuge waters 15. We allow use of retrievers.
limited hunts; we provide the tags. March 1 through November 15. 16. State bag limits apply.
8. We designate check station dates 4. We prohibit trot lines, limb lines, 17. We prohibit hunting on
and requirements in the refuge hunt jugs, seines, and traps. Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve,
brochure. 5. We allow frogging during the State Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
9. If you are a hunter age 16 or older, 18. We prohibit the following acts:
bullfrog season.
you must possess and carry a valid, 6. We only allow ATVs for fishing possession of alcohol; entering the
signed refuge Public Use Permit or access on designated gravel roads when refuge from private property; hunters
Limited Hunt Permit certifying that you entering from public waterways;
we close such roads to vehicular traffic.
understand and will comply with all overnight parking; parking or hunting
regulations. St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife within 150 feet (45 m) of any petroleum
10. During all gun or muzzleloader Refuge facility or equipment, or refuge
deer hunts, all participants must wear at A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We residences and buildings; parking by
least 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of allow hunting of duck, goose, and coot hunters in refuge headquarters parking
unbroken flourescent-orange material during the State season in accordance lot; and possession of hand guns on the
visible above the waistline as an outer with State regulations subject to the refuge.
garment while hunting and enroute to B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
following conditions:
and from hunting areas. 1. We allow hunting in Butler Lake, hunting of squirrel, rabbit, raccoon,
11. We prohibit all other public use Salt Lake, and Gilliard Lake from 1⁄2 opossum, and woodcock in designated
on the refuge during all gun and areas of the refuge in accordance with
hour before legal sunrise until 12 p.m.
muzzleloader deer hunts. State regulations subject to the
(noon) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and
12. We prohibit organized drives for following conditions:
Saturdays.
deer. 1. We only allow shotguns, .22 caliber
2. If you are a hunter age 16 or older
13. We prohibit hunting from or long rifles, and muzzleloading rifles
you must possess and carry a valid,
shooting across open fields from ground under .38 caliber shooting patched
level. signed refuge Public Use Permit
round balls, except for raccoon hunting
14. During all Limited Permit Hunts, certifying that you understand and will
(see 4iv below). We prohibit the
each hunter must possess and carry only comply with all regulations.
possession of .22 caliber magnum rifles,
their own current permit and/or tags. 3. We will close waterfowl hunting in
slugs, buckshot, or rifle ammunition
15. We only allow crossbows in Butler Lake and Salt Lake after the
larger than .22 rimfire.
accordance with State law. Natchez River gauge reaches 28 feet (8.4
2. You must wear a hunter-orange hat
16. We define a loaded gun as shells m) or higher.
and upper garment when hunting in
in the gun or percussion caps on 4. We will close waterfowl hunting in
open fields or reforested areas.
muzzleloaders. Gilliard Lake when the Natchez River 3. We prohibit use of motorized boats
17. You must unload guns (see gauge reaches 32 feet (9.6 m) or higher. after the Natchez River gauge reaches 28
§ 27.42(b) of this chapter) while 5. We restrict access to Butler Lake feet (8.4 m) or higher.
standing beside, in, or walking across waterfowl hunting only to Butler Lake 4. We only allow raccoon hunting
any portion of a field, tree plantation, Road. during the month of February from legal
road, pipeline, or powerline right-of- 6. Hunters must remove decoys, blind sunset to legal sunrise with the
way. material (see § 27.93 of this chapter), following conditions:
18. During muzzleloader, rifle, and and harvested waterfowl from the area i. We require dogs.
youth Gun Deer Hunts, we prohibit no later than 1 p.m. each day. ii. We prohibit hunting along/from
hunting from tripods and other free- 7. You may only possess approved Carthage-Linwood Road.
standing platforms in fields and tree nontoxic shot while in the field (see iii. We prohibit the use of boats and
plantations. § 32.2(k)). ATVs.
19. Stands adjacent to fields and tree 8. You must use portable blinds. iv. You may only use .22 caliber
plantations must be a minimum of 10 9. All users must obtain a daily use rimfire rifles (no magnums).
feet (3 m) above ground. reporting card and place it in plain view 5. You may take beaver, nutria,
20. We prohibit attaching stands to on the dashboard of their vehicle so that coyote, and bobcat incidental to the
any power or utility pole. the personal information is readable. hunt.
21. You may place stands on the Users must return cards to a refuge 6. Conditions A2, A7 through A14,
refuge 7 days prior to and must remove kiosk upon departure from the refuge. and A16 through A18 apply.

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7. We prohibit the following acts: 15. State season bag limits apply. sunrise and ending 2 hours after legal
target practice; marking trails with tape, 16. Conditions A2, A7 through A14, sunset except during the raccoon hunt.
paper, paint, or any other artificial A17, A18, B3, B5, and B7 apply. We prohibit entering or remaining on
means; and riding horses or mules. D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing the refuge before or after hours.
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow deer, during daylight hours only from March 3. We only allow hunting of migratory
hog, and lottery youth turkey hunting in 1 through the last day of archery season game birds on Wednesdays, Saturdays,
accordance with State regulations each year in accordance with State and Sundays from 1⁄2 hour before legal
subject to the following conditions: regulations subject to the following sunrise and ending at 12 p.m. (noon).
1. We only allow still hunting. conditions: Hunters must remove all decoys, blind
2. You may only take one deer per 1. We require a public use permit for material (see § 27.93 of this chapter),
day: We allow residents to take one deer all anglers between the ages of 16 and and harvested waterfowl from the area
of either sex per day; however, we 65. no later than 1 p.m. each day. After
prohibit nonresidents from harvesting 2. We prohibit the use of ATVs (see duck, merganser, and coot season
antlerless deer. § 27.31(f) of this chapter). closes, we allow hunting of goose daily,
3. We require hunters to wear a 3. On the Sibley Unit, we prohibit during the period beginning 1⁄2 hour
hunter-orange hat and upper garment at boats north of the Ring Levee, except before legal sunrise and ending at legal
all times during all muzzleloader hunts you may hand-launch boats in Swamp sunset.
and during the youth gun hunt. Lake during nonflood conditions.
4. During late muzzleloader (after 4. We prohibit public hunting north of
4. An adult age 21 or older must Mississippi Highway 8.
December 25) hunts, the following supervise youth age 15 and under who
specific conditions apply: You may only 5. Each hunter must obtain a daily
may fish in the Kids Pond. We prohibit User Information Card (pink) available
take bucks with a minimum of 14-inch adults from fishing in this pond.
(35 cm) inside antler spread. at each refuge information station and
5. We allow bow fishing. Bow anglers
5. During traditional primitive follow the printed instructions on the
must abide by State law.
weapon season, the following specific card. You must display the card in plain
6. We allow nighttime bow fishing on
conditions apply: view on the dashboard of your vehicle
the refuge but only through a Special
i. You must only use flintlock and so that the personal information is
Use Permit issued by the refuge
sidelock percussion muzzleloaders with readable. Prior to leaving the refuge, you
manager.
iron sights and patched-round balls. 7. We prohibit the following acts: must complete the reverse side of the
ii. We prohibit in-line muzzleloaders, Possession of alcohol; entering the card and deposit it at one of the refuge
electronic sights, scopes, fiber optic refuge from private property; overnight information stations. Include all game
sights, and conical bullets. parking; target practice; riding horses or harvested, and if you harvest no game,
iii. You must use recurve and long mules; possession or use of commercial report ‘‘0.’’
bows without sights. 6. We may close certain areas of the
fishing or trotline equipment, including
6. Youth hunters age 15 and under refuge for sanctuary or administrative
limb lines, nets, traps, yo-yos, or jugs;
must possess and carry a hunter safety purposes. We will mark such areas with
course card or certificate. Each youth and possession of any firearms (see
§ 27.42 of this chapter). ‘‘No Hunting’’ or ‘‘Area Closed’’ signs.
hunter must remain within sight and 7. We prohibit all handguns.
8. Conditions A9, A11, and A12
normal voice contact of an adult age 21 8. Waterfowl hunters may leave boats
apply.
or older. meeting all State registration
7. We must receive all applications for Tallahatchie National Wildlife Refuge requirements on refuge water bodies
the limited youth lottery draw turkey throughout the waterfowl season. You
A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
hunt by February 28 of each year. must remove boats (see § 27.93 of this
8. Youth (ages 10 to15) gun deer and allow hunting of migratory waterfowl,
coots, snipe, and woodcock on chapter) within 72 hours after the
waterfowl hunts will coincide with season closes.
designated State youth hunts each year. designated areas of the refuge in
accordance with State regulations 9. We restrict motor vehicle use to
Youth deer hunters may use any
subject to the following conditions: roads designated as vehicle access roads
weapon deemed legal by the State
1. Youth hunters age 15 and under on the refuge map (see § 27.31 of this
except for buckshot, which we prohibit.
9. We prohibit insertion of metal must possess and carry a hunter safety chapter). We prohibit blocking access to
objects into trees or hunting from trees course card or certificate. Each youth any road or trail entering the refuge (see
that contain inserted metal objects (see hunter must remain within sight and § 27.31(h) of this chapter).
§ 32.2(i)). normal voice contact of an adult age 21 10. All hunters or persons on the
10. We prohibit the use or possession or older. Hunters born after January 1, refuge for any reason during any open
of climbing spurs. 1972, also must carry a Hunter refuge hunting season must wear a
11. You must dismantle blinds and Education Safety Course card or minimum of 500 square inches (3,250
tripods, and you must remove stands certificate. All hunters must possess and cm2) of visible, unbroken, fluorescent
from the tree each day. You must carry a valid, signed refuge Hunting orange-colored material above the
remove all stands, blinds, and tripods Permit certifying that he or she waistline. Waterfowl hunters must
(see § 27.93 of this chapter) from the understands and will comply with all comply while walking/boating to and
refuge before February 7 of each year. regulations. You may obtain permits at from actual hunting area. Waterfowl
12. You may only take feral hog with North Mississippi Refuges Complex hunters may remove the fluorescent
bow and arrow and muzzleloading rifles Headquarters, 2776 Sunset Drive, orange while actually hunting.
during and incidental to archery and Grenada, Mississippi 38901, or at the 11. We only allow dogs on the refuge
primitive weapon deer seasons. Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge when specifically authorized for
13. You must check all deer harvested Office, Box 831, Highway 446, Boyle, hunting. We encourage the use of dogs
on the refuge at one of the three self- Mississippi 38730, or by mail from the to retrieve dead or wounded waterfowl.
clearing, mandatory deer check stations. above addresses. Dogs must remain in the immediate
14. You must immediately field-dress 2. We restrict all public use to the control of their handlers at all times (see
all deer upon harvest. period beginning 2 hours before legal § 26.21(b) of this chapter).

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12. You must remove decoys, blinds, 4. We prohibit dogs for any big game on the refuge in accordance with State
other personal property, and litter (see hunt. regulations subject to the following
§§ 27.93 and 27.94 of this chapter) from 5. We prohibit use or possession of conditions:
the hunting area following each any drug or device for employing such 1. If you are a hunter age 16 or older,
morning’s hunt. We prohibit cutting or drug for hunting (see § 32.2(g)). you must possess and carry a valid,
removing trees and other vegetation (see 6. We prohibit organized drives for signed refuge Public Use Permit that
§ 27.51 of this chapter). We prohibit the deer. certifies that you understand and will
use of flagging, paint, blazes, tacks, or 7. We prohibit hunting or shooting comply with all regulations.
other types of markers. across any open, fallow, or planted field 2. Each day before hunting, all
13. We prohibit ATVs (see § 27.31(f) from ground level or on or across any hunters must obtain a daily User
of this chapter), horses, and mules on public road, public highway, railroad, or Information Card (pink) available at
the refuge. their rights-of-way during all general each refuge information station (see
B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow gun and primitive weapon hunts. refuge brochure map) and follow the
hunting of quail, squirrel, rabbit, beaver, 8. You may erect portable deer stands printed instructions on the card. You
nutria, raccoon, coyote, and opossum on 2 weeks prior to the opening of archery
must display this card in plain view on
designated areas of the refuge in season on the refuge, and you must
the dashboard of your vehicle while
accordance with State regulations remove them (see § 27.93 of this
hunting or fishing so that the personal
subject to the following conditions: chapter) by January 31. We prohibit the
information is readable. Prior to leaving
1. Conditions A1, A4, A5, A6, A9, and cutting or removal of trees and other
the refuge, you must complete the
A13 apply. vegetation (see § 27.51 of this chapter).
reverse side of the card and deposit it
2. We restrict all public use to the We prohibit the use of flagging, paint,
at one of the refuge information stations.
period beginning 2 hours before legal blazes, tacks, or other types of markers.
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on Failure to display the User Information
sunrise and ending 2 hours after legal Card may result in the loss of the
sunset. We prohibit entering or designated areas of the refuge in
accordance with State regulations hunter’s refuge annual Public Use
remaining on the refuge before or after Permit.
hours. We establish special provisions subject to the following conditions:
1. All anglers must possess and carry 3. We only allow hunting of snow
for raccoon hunting; contact the refuge goose by Special Use Permit. Contact
office for details. a valid, signed refuge fishing permit
certifying that you understand and will the refuge office for details.
3. We only allow shotguns with 4. Hunt dates are available at the
approved nontoxic shotgun shot (see comply with all regulations. You may
obtain permits at North Mississippi refuge headquarters in July and posted
§ 32.2(k)) and .22 caliber rifles. We in the refuge brochure.
prohibit all handguns. Refuges Complex Headquarters, 2776
Sunset Drive, Grenada, Mississippi 5. Youth hunters age 15 and under
4. All hunters or persons on the refuge
38901, or at the Dahomey National must possess and carry a hunter safety
for any reason during any open refuge
Wildlife Refuge Office, Box 381, course card or certificate. Each youth
hunting season must wear a minimum
Highway 446, Boyle, Mississippi 38730, hunter must remain within sight and
of 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of
or by mail to the above addresses. normal voice contact of an adult age 21
visible, unbroken, fluorescent orange-
2. We close the refuge to fishing from or older. We only allow one adult per
colored material above the waistline.
5. We only allow dogs on the refuge October 1 through February 28. youth hunter.
3. We only allow bank or boat sport 6. We prohibit hunting or entry into
after the general Gun Deer Hunt. Dogs
fishing south of Mississippi Highway 8. areas designated as ‘‘CLOSED’’ (see
must remain in the immediate control of 4. We prohibit possession of any
their handlers at all times (see § 26.21(b) refuge brochure map).
weapon (see § 27.42 of this chapter) 7. We prohibit possession of alcoholic
of this chapter). while fishing on the refuge.
6. We prohibit the cutting or removal beverages.
5. We prohibit possession or use of 8. We prohibit possession of plastic
of trees and other vegetation (see § 27.51 jugs, seines, nets, hand-grab baskets, slat
of this chapter). We prohibit the use of flagging tape.
traps/baskets, or any other similar 9. We prohibit handguns at all times.
flagging, paint, blazes, tacks, or other devices and commercial fishing of any
types of markers. 11. You may only possess approved
kind. nontoxic shot while hunting on the
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow 6. We only allow trotlines, yo-yos,
hunting of white-tailed deer, turkey, and refuge (see § 32.2(k)).
limb lines, crawfish traps, or any other 12. You must unload and case guns
feral hog on designated areas of the similar devices for recreational use. You
refuge in accordance with State (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter)
must tag or mark them with the angler’s
regulations subject to the following transported in/on vehicles, ATVs, and
full name and full residence address,
conditions: boats under power.
including zip code written with
1. Conditions A1, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, 13. We prohibit parking of vehicles in
waterproof ink, legibly inscribed or
and A13 apply. such a manner as to obstruct roads,
legibly stamped on the tag; and attend
2. We restrict all public use to 2 hours gates, turnrows, or firelanes (see
the devices a minimum of once daily.
before legal sunrise and to 2 hours after § 27.31(h) of this chapter).
When not attended, you must remove
legal sunset. We prohibit entering or 14. We allow valid permit holders to
these devices (see § 27.93 of this
remaining on the refuge before or after take the following furbearers in season,
chapter) from the refuge.
hours. 7. We prohibit snagging or attempting incidental to other refuge hunts with
3. All hunters or persons on the refuge to snag fish. legal firearms used for that hunt:
for any reason during any open refuge 8. We allow crawfishing. raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver,
hunting season must wear a minimum 9. We only allow take of frog by bobcat, and nutria.
of 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of Special Use Permit. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
visible, unbroken, fluorescent orange- hunting of squirrel, rabbit, and raccoon
colored material above the waistline. Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge on designated areas of the refuge in
We do not require this for turkey A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We accordance with State regulations
hunting. allow hunting of dove and snow goose subject to the following conditions:

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1. Conditions A1, A2, A3, A5 any portion of a field, tree plantation, 4. We only allow portable tree stands
through10, and A12 through A14 apply. road, pipeline, or powerline right-of- from September 15 through January 31.
2. We only allow shotguns with way. You must place your full name and
approved nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)) 12. We prohibit hunting from tripods address on your stands.
and .22 caliber rimfire rifles (we and other free-standing platforms during 5. We only allow archery hunting in
prohibit .22 caliber magnums). muzzleloader, rifle, and youth Gun Deer the portion of Boone’s Crossing unit
3. During the rabbit-with-dog hunt, Hunts in fields and tree plantations. within the City of Chesterfield.
any person hunting or accompanying 13. Stands adjacent to fields and tree D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing on
another person hunting must wear at plantations must be a minimum of 10 designated areas of the refuge in
least 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of feet (3 m) above ground. We prohibit accordance with State regulations
unbroken flourescent-orange material attaching stands to any power or utility subject to the following condition: You
visible above the waistline as an outer pole. You may place stands on the must operate all motorized boats at no-
garment. refuge 7 days prior to and must remove wake speed.
4. We prohibit horses. them (see § 27.93 of this chapter) by day Clarence Cannon National Wildlife
5. We allow hunting for rabbit on the 7 after the close of the refuge deer Refuge
Herron Tract, Brown Tract (east of the season. You must remove stands in the
Sunflower River), Middleton-Miller- January/February closed area by day 7 * * * * *
Zepponi Tracts, and Carter Tract. after the last deer hunt. C. Big Game Hunting. We allow
Contact refuge headquarters for hunt 14. You must field dress and check all hunting of white-tailed deer on
dates, maps, and additional information. deer at refuge headquarters. designated areas of the refuge in
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow D. Sport Fishing. [Reserved] accordance with State regulations
hunting of white-tailed deer on subject to the following conditions:
■ 25. Amend § 32.44 Missouri by:
designated areas of the refuge in 1. We only allow hunting during the
■ a. Revising Big Muddy National
accordance with State regulations State-designated Managed Deer Hunt.
Wildlife Refuge; 2. We require hunters to check-in and
subject to the following conditions: ■ b. Revising paragraphs C. and D. of
1. Conditions A2, A3, A5, B4, and B5 out of the refuge each day.
Clarence Cannon National Wildlife 3. We prohibit shooting at deer that
(we allow archery except on the Carter Refuge; and are on any portion of the main perimeter
Tract) apply. ■ c. Revising Mingo National Wildlife
levee.
2. If you are a hunter age 16 or older, Refuge to read as follows: 4. We only allow the use of portable
you must possess and carry a valid stands, and hunters must remove them
refuge annual Public Use Permit or § 32.44 Missouri.
(see § 27.93 of this chapter) at the end
Limited Hunt Permit that certifies that * * * * *
of each day.
you understand and will comply with 5. We close the area south of Bryants
Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife
all regulations. Permits are not Creek to deer hunting.
Refuge
transferable and are nonrefundable. 6. We require hunters to have all
3. The youth regular gun deer, A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We harvested deer checked by refuge
muzzleloader deer, and senior citizen allow hunting of migratory game birds personnel before removing them from
Gun Deer Hunts require a Limited Hunt on designated areas of the refuge in the refuge.
Permit assigned by random computer accordance with State regulations 7. You must park all vehicles in
drawing. If we draw your name, there is subject to the following conditions: designated parking areas (see § 27.31 of
a fee for each permit. Contact the refuge 1. You must remove all your blinds, this chapter).
headquarters for specific requirements, boats, and decoys (see § 27.93 of this D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in
hunt, and application dates. chapter) from the refuge each day except accordance with State regulations
4. During all gun or muzzleloader for blinds made entirely of marsh subject to the following conditions:
deer hunts, all participants must wear at vegetation. 1. We prohibit the taking of turtle or
least 500 square inches (3,250 cm2) of 2. We prohibit cutting of woody frog (see § 27.21 of this chapter).
unbroken flourescent-orange material vegetation (see § 27.51 of this chapter) 2. We only allow fishing from a boat.
visible above the waistline as an outer on the refuge for blinds. We prohibit bank fishing.
garment while hunting and enroute to B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow * * * * *
and from hunting areas. upland game hunting on designated
5. We prohibit all other public use areas of the refuge in accordance with Mingo National Wildlife Refuge
during all gun and muzzleloader deer State regulations subject to the A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
hunts. following condition: You may only allow waterfowl hunting on Pool 8 in
6. We prohibit organized drives for possess approved nontoxic shot (see accordance with State regulations
deer. § 32.2(k)). subject to the following conditions:
7. We prohibit hunting from or C. Big Game Hunting. We allow deer 1. We allow the use of hunting dogs,
shooting across open fields from ground and turkey hunting in on designated but the hunter must leash the dog or
level. areas of the refuge in accordance with have it under strict voice command at
8. During all Limited Permit Hunts, State regulations subject to the all times (see § 26.21(b) of this chapter).
each hunter shall possess and carry only following conditions: 2. We allow hunting from 1⁄2 hour
their own current permit and/or tags. 1. We prohibit use of tree spikes to before legal sunrise until 1 p.m.
9. We only allow crossbows in assist in climbing trees for the purpose B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow
accordance with State law. of hunting on the refuge (see § 32.2(i)). hunting of squirrel only in the Public
10. We define a loaded gun as shells 2. We prohibit the construction or use Hunting Area of the refuge in
in the gun or percussion caps on of permanent blinds, platforms, or accordance with State regulations
muzzleloaders. ladders at any time. subject to the following conditions:
11. You must unload guns (see 3. We prohibit hunting over or placing 1. The refuge is open from 11⁄2 hours
§ 27.42(b) of this chapter) while on the refuge any salt or other mineral before legal sunrise until 11⁄2 hours after
standing beside, in, or walking across blocks (see § 32.2(h)). legal sunset.

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2. We require that all hunters register sunrise until 1 hour after legal sunset. State regulations subject to the
at the Hunter Sign-In/Sign Out Stations Anglers must remove all fishing lines following conditions (consult refuge
and record the number of hours hunted (see § 27.93 of this chapter) from the manager prior to hunting to learn of
and squirrels harvested. refuge at the end of each day’s fishing. changes or updates):
3. We prohibit hunting of all other Anglers must mark each line with their 1. Conditions A2, A6, and A7 apply.
species. name, address, and phone number. 2. We prohibit access to refuge
4. We prohibit the use of dogs for 8. We only allow personal use take of hunting areas from other than
squirrel hunting. common snapping turtle and soft- authorized refuge parking areas.
5. We allow squirrel hunting from the shelled turtle using pole and line from 3. We prohibit hunting on or within
State opening day through September 1 hour before legal sunrise until 1 hour 25 yards (22.5 m) of dikes or roads
30. after legal sunset. We require that all
6. We only allow shotguns and .22 except the marked portion of the dike
anglers release all alligator snapping between Marsh Units 5 and 6.
caliber rimfire rifles. turtle (see § 27.21 of this chapter).
7. Shotgun hunters may only possess * * * * *
* * * * *
approved nontoxic shot while in the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge
■ 26. Amend § 32.45 Montana by:
field (see § 32.2(k)).
■ a. Revising paragraphs A. and B. of
C. Big Game Hunting. We allow big A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We
Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge; allow hunting of duck, goose, and coot
game hunting in the Public Hunting ■ b. Revising Lee Metcalf National
Area in accordance with State from established blinds in designated
Wildlife Refuge; areas of the refuge in accordance with
regulations subject to the following ■ c. Adding Medicine Lake National
conditions: State regulations subject to the
Wildlife Refuge, and
1. Condition B1 applies. ■ c. Revising Red Rock Lakes National
following conditions (consult refuge
2. We require that all hunters register Wildlife Refuge to read as follows: manager prior to hunting to learn of
at the Hunter Sign-In/Sign Out Stations changes or updates):
and record the number of hours hunted § 32.45 Montana. 1. Hunting Access: We have
and deer harvested. * * * * * numbered the blinds and assigned them
3. We allow archery hunting for deer to a single access point designated in
and turkey during the fall season. We Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge the refuge hunting leaflet. Hunters must
prohibit the use or possession of A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. We park at this access point and at the
firearms during these seasons. allow hunting of duck, goose, swan, and numbered parking space corresponding
4. You must possess and carry a coot in designated areas of the refuge in to a blind. Hunters must walk to the
refuge permit for the special accordance with State regulations blind along mowed trails designated in
muzzleloader deer season. subject to the following conditions the hunting leaflet. We open the access
5. We allow spring turkey hunting. (consult refuge manager prior to hunting point to hunters who intend to
We only allow shotguns with approved to learn of changes or updates): immediately hunt on the refuge. We
nontoxic shot (see § 32.2(k)). 1. We prohibit access to refuge prohibit wildlife observation, scouting,
D. Sport Fishing. We allow fishing in hunting areas from other than and loitering at the access point.
designated areas of the refuge in authorized refuge parking areas. We 2. Hunting Hours: We open the
accordance with State ‘‘impounded prohibit hunting on or within 25 yards hunting area, defined by the refuge
waters’’ regulations subject to the (22.5 m) of dikes or roads except the boundary fence, 2 hours before and
following conditions: marked portion of the dike between require departure 2 hours after legal
1. We prohibit fishing in all areas Marsh Units 5 and 6. Hunters must have waterfowl hunting hours, as defined by
between Ditch 2 and Ditch 6 (including a means of bird retrieval, using a boat, the State.
Ditches 3, 4, and 5) plus the moist soil boots, or a trained dog, while hunting 3. Registration: Each hunter must
units, and Monopoly Marsh from on this dike (see § 26.21(b) of this record the date, his or her name,
October 1 through March 1. chapter).
2. We only allow fishing in May Pond Automated License System number,
2. We allow hunting with the opening date of birth, and the time checking into
and Fox Pond with rod and reel or pole of waterfowl season and close
and line. Anglers may only take bass the hunt area at the appropriate register
November 30. before hunting; must set the appropriate
greater than 12 inches (30 cm) in length 3. Hunters with a documented
from May Pond. blind selector before and after hunting;
mobility disability may reserve an
3. We prohibit the use or possession and must record hunting data (hours
accessible blind in advance by
of gasoline-powered boat motors. We hunted, the number of shots fired, and
contacting a refuge officer or calling the
allow the use of electric trolling motors, birds harvested) at the appropriate
refuge office.
except that we prohibit all motors register before departing the hunting
4. We only allow nonmotorized boats
within the Wilderness Area. area.
on refuge waters.
4. Anglers must remove watercraft 5. We allow hunting from temporary 4. Blind selection is on a first-come,
(see § 27.93 of this chapter) from the portable blinds or blinds made from first-served basis with the exception of
refuge at the end of each day’s fishing. natural vegetation. the opening weekend of waterfowl
5. Anglers may take nongame fish by 6. We prohibit the retrieval of downed season. We will distribute blind permits
nets and seines for personal use only game from areas closed to hunting. for the opening weekend by a public
from March 1 through September 30. 7. You must unload and case all drawing. We will announce the drawing
6. Anglers must attend trammel and firearms (see § 27.42(b) of this chapter) time and place in local newspapers.
gill nets at all times and plainly label when outside of the refuge hunt area on 5. We prohibit attempting to ‘‘reserve’’
them with the owners’s name, address, the refuge. a blind for use later in the day by
and phone number. B. Upland Game Hunting. We allow depositing a vehicle or other equipment
7. We only allow the use of trotlines, hunting of pheasant, sharp-tailed on the refuge. A hunter must be
throwlines, limb lines, bank lines, and grouse, and gray partridge in designated physically present in the hunting area in
jug lines from 1 hour before legal areas of the refuge in accordance with order to use a blind.

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6. We prohibit blocking access to designated locations in the hunting area 334 opens October 15 and runs through
refuge gates (see § 27.31(h) of this to hunt from ground blinds. To access the end of the State moose season.
chapter). these areas, hunters must contact the 2. We restrict moose hunting to the
7. Hunters w