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					                                                                                                                                                                                                             U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
General Provisions    Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge                            Safety belts required at all times
                      is one of over 550 national wildlife                        with the use of tree stands.

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Wheeler
                      refuges. The primary objective of a
                      national wildlife refuge is to provide                      Overnight mooring of boats is
                      habitat for the conservation and                            prohibited.
 Those requiring
 special assistance
 to participate
                      protection of all species of wildlife.
                      The harvest of surplus animals is
                                                                                  Marking of trees, flagging tape, and
                                                                                  reflective tacks are prohibited.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             National Wildlife
 in refuge hunts
 are encouraged
                      one tool used to manage wildlife
                      populations. Carefully managed                              An area around the Visitor Center is
                                                                                  closed to all public entry. This area is
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Refuge Hunting
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Regulations & Permit
 to contact the       hunts maintain wildlife populations
                      at a level compatible with the                              posted with “Area Closed” signs (see
 Visitor Center at
                      environment, provide wholesome                              map).
 256/350 6639 for
 information.         recreational opportunities and permit
                      the use of a valuable renewable                             Hunters under age 16 must have                                                                                             2010- 2011
                      resource.                                                   passed a State approved hunter
                                                                                  education course, must be supervised
                      The regulations listed below                                by an adult 21 years of age or older,
                      supplement the general regulations                          and must remain in sight and normal
                      which govern hunting on wildlife                            voice contact with the adult. On small
                      refuge areas as set forth in Title 50,                      game hunts, the adult may supervise
                      Code of Federal Regulations. State                          no more than two youths, and on big
                      bag limits, arms and ammunition and                         game hunts no more than one youth.
                      other applicable State regulations
                      apply.                                                      Some refuge gates will be closed. Do
                                                                                  not block gates. Your vehicle will be
General Hunt          Public hunting on Wheeler National                          towed.
Regulations           Wildlife Refuge is permitted on
                      approximately 18,000 acres.                                 Archery and flintlock deer hunters
                                                               Caution: other     must wear a minimum of 144 square
                      Squirrel, raccoon, opossum, quail and    members of         inches of hunter orange as defined
                      rabbit hunting is prohibited west of     public may be in   by the State when the State gun
                      Flint Creek (see map).                   area and without   deer season is open in Limestone,
                                                               hunter orange.     Madison and Morgan counties.
                      No hunting is allowed in the Triana
                      Recreation Area or within 100 yards                         Hunting by aid of or distributing
                      of any public building, public road,                        any feed, salt or other minerals is
                      walking trail, or boardwalk.                                prohibited.                                                                                                                  Keep this portion of the brochure with you while
                                                                                                                                                                                                               hunting. This brochure does not authorize you to
                      No overnight camping is allowed.                            Only licensed vehicles and bicycles                                                                                          hunt refuge lands within Redstone Arsenal.
                                                                                  permitted. No ATV’s. Access is
                      Mules and horses are prohibited on                          limited to graveled roads.
                      all refuge hunts.                                                                                                                                                                        Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge




                                                                                                                             Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
                                                                                  All deer and feral hogs killed                                                                                               Hunt Permit 2010-2011




                                                                                                                             2700 Refuge Headquarters Road
                      Hunting is allowed Monday-                                  must be reported to Wheeler                                                                                                  When signed and in your possession, this
                      Saturday. No Sunday hunting.




                                                                                                                                                                U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
                                                                                  Refuge within 72 hours. Phone                                                                                                brochure will serve as your permit, and
                      Dogs may be used on the rabbit,                             Visitor Center: 256/350 6639 or                                                                                              an indication that you have read and fully




                                                                                                                             www.fws.gov/wheeler
                      raccoon, quail, squirrel and opossum                        Headquarters: 256/353 7243.                                                                                                  understand the special regulations of the permit.
                      hunts.                                                      In accepting this brochure, hunter




                                                                                                                             Decatur, AL 35603
                                                                                  concedes right of inspection of game




                                                                                                                                                                1 800/344 WILD
                      It is unlawful to damage a tree or
                                                                                  bag, hunting coat, etc., as provided




                                                                                                                             256/350 6639
                      to hunt from a tree in which a metal




                                                                                                                                                                                               August 2010
                      object has been inserted. Tree stands                       for by State law, to Refuge Officers                                                                                         Signature
                      must be removed from trees after                            and State Conservation Officers.                                                                                             (Valid only when signed.)
                      each days hunt.
For deer and feral hog hunting only bows
with broadhead arrows and flintlocks, .40
caliber or larger are to be used.
For small game, shotguns are allowed
with non-toxic shot only; rifles and pistols                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Exit 5
are limited to rimfire.
Possession of lead shotgun shells is                                                            31
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prohibited.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Martin Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Beaverdam
                                                                                                                                                                                               Greenbrier
Participating in man drives for deer and                                                                                                                                                             Exit 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Boardwalk

feral hogs is prohibited.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Indian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sp. Road
Firearms used during the hunting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Redstone            Dodd Road
                                                                                                                                                                         Exit 2              Peoples                                                                          County                                                                      Arsenal
season must be unloaded before placed                                                                                                        Exit 1                                          Road                                                                             Line Road
                                                                                                               20
in a vehicle or a boat.                                                                                                                                                  Mooresville         Pryor        Swancott
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             eing Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Road




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Limestone County
                                                                                                                                                                                             Road




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Madison County
                                                                                                                                    Lonesome            Racetrack
                                                                                31                                                  Pine Road           Road                                                                               Barlowe Road




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bilow Road
 Athens                                           53                                             White
                                                                                                 Springs                                                       Arrowhead
                                                                                                 Dike                          Eagle                           Landing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Patton Road

      31
               Wheeler
             National Wildlife Refuge
                                             72
                                                                                                                               Nest Island
                                                                                                                                   Road
                                                                                                                                                               Road
                                                                                                                                                                            Beaverdam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Swancott Road

                                                         Huntsville                                                                                                         Peninsula Road                                                                                   Swancott
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rabbit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Road                                                                                                   Zierdt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Road
             65              ALT
                              72
                                                                         Decatur                                                                                                                                 Wall Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Blackwell
                                                         Redstone                                                                                                    Penny           Henderson Road                        New                                                           Run Road
                                                         Arsenal                                                                                                     Btms. Road                                            Hope
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     6th Street
 Decatur                                      T                                                                                                                                                                            Road
                                                  n es                                                                                                                                                   Rockhouse
                                              en




                                                                                                                                                                                  Skinner
                                                         see R.                                                                                                                   Springs                Road                                                                          Jolly B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Legend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Road                      Wall-Triana
                                        40                                                                                                                                        Road                                                                                                                                                          Talucah
  Flint           Priceville                                                                                        Hickory                                                                                                                                HGH Road                                               Highway                         Road    Water
                                                                                                                                                                                                              JTT
                                                                                                                    Hills                                                                                     Road
                                                                  231                                               Road                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Closed to hunting and entry
                        36                                                                                                              65                                                                           Rockhouse                                                                                                         Talley
                                                                                                       Flint                                                                                                         Bottoms Road
 Hartselle                                   67                                                        Creek                                                     Truck                               Mussel                                                                                                                            Bottom             Open to hunting
                                                                                                       Trail                   Old                               Trail                                Camp Road                                                                                                                        Road               except where otherwise indicated
                                                                                                                               River                             West
                                                                                                                               Road                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Open to deer and feral hog hunting/
Specific Hunt Regulations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 closed to other hunting
Squirrel                                                                   31                        Airport                                                                                                                                                                                                            Madden
                                                                                                     Road                                                                                                                                                                                                               Branch                            Closed to all boats, canoes and all other watercraft
Season: October 1-14 and                                                                                                                                         Upper River Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Truck                                                November 15-February 15
February 10-28                                                                                Dinsmore                                                                                                                                                                                               Trail East
                                                                                              Slough                                             Exit 334   Bethel                                                                                                                                                                                        Closed to hunting and entry
                                                                                                                                                            Road                                                                                                                                                                                          November 15-January 15
Raccoon and opossum                                                                           Road                                                                                                                                  40
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sharps
                                                                                                           Bean
Season: February 10-28, (hunting must                                                                      Place                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ford Road                      Accessible hunting for disabled sportsmen
                                                                                                                                                             Priceville                                                                                                                                Charest
not begin until sunset February 10)                                     Flint
                                                                                                           Road
                                                                                                                       Indian                                                                                                                                                                          Road                                               Also open to other hunters
                                                                                                                       Hills Road
Rabbit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Refuge lands within Redstone Arsenal
Season: October 1-14 and February 10-28
                                                                                     Dancy
                                                                                     Bottom
                                                                                     Trail
                                                                                                                                                                      67
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Friendship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 N        Hiking trails                Boat ramp
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Road
Quail                                                                                                    Red Bank                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Major roads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Visitor Center
                                                                                                             Road
Season: February 10-28                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cain
                                                                                       Dancy                                                                                 Brooksville                                                 Road                      Bluff City Road                                                                        County roads
                                                                                       Btm. Road                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Refuge Office
Deer–Either Sex and Feral Hog                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Refuge roads
Season: Archery: October 15-January 30                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Wildlife Observation
Flintlock: January 10-January 24                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Refuge boundary              Building