Thank you for visiting Tensas River NWR's  permit page!  Please see the information below and the Questions page to explain the new process!



ALL  Refuge Hunters and Fishermen:  

Please follow the directions below and read through all of the steps, regardless of which hunting and/or fishing activities you enjoy on the refuge. 


Step 1:  iSportsman Account Creation 

EVERYONE purchasing permits or applying for lottery hunts must create their own individual iSportsman account or use their existing username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password you can use the link below to reset them.  If you are a new user, please create your account using the New User tab (dropdown menu on mobile devices) above.  When you create your account, always provide an email address, even though it is listed as optional!!!  This will allow you to reset your own password if you forget it without having to call and get it reset.  We realize that having to create an account is an additional step for our users, but these accounts will enable you to track your application status, permits, and purchasing without having to use complicated confirmation numbers and will simplify your life in the long run!

Did you forget your Username?  Click Here

Did you forget your Password?  Click Here


Step 2:  Decide Which Permit(s) You Need

Are you going to participate in any hunting or fishing seasons on the Refuge other than lottery deer hunts (example: archery, squirrel, etc.)?  If you answer "YES", go to Step 3:  Annual Public Use Permits.  If you answer "NO" and are only planning on participating in a lottery hunt, go to Step 4: Lottery Deer Hunt Applications and Permits.


Step 3:  Annual Public Use Permits 

An Annual Public Use Permit is now required for EVERYONE participating in any hunting or fishing season on the refuge.  Please click on the "Annual Public Use Permit" tab (dropdown menu on mobile devices) above for more detailed information.  Permit cost is $20.00 per person.  This permit covers hunting and fishing during non-lottery seasons and also allows ATV use on designated trails in accordance with rules and regulations found in our annual Hunting and Fishing Regulations brochure.  You will no longer need to purchase a seperate ATV permit/sticker.  If you plan on applying for lottery deer hunts, you may apply any time between July 2nd and September 7th.  Please see below for more information on applying for and participating in our lottery modern firearm deer hunts.


Step 4:  Lottery Deer Hunt Applications and Permits 

The application period for lottery deer hunts will open July 2nd and run through September 7th.  Please click on the "Lottery Hunts" tab (dropdown menu on mobile devices) above for more detailed information.  There is no fee or required permit to apply.  Submit your applications by clicking the "Lottery Hunts" tab (dropdown menu on mobile devices) above or by clicking the "Acquire Permits" button on your account home screen.  If drawn for the hunt, you will then have to purchase a $20 Annual Public Use Permit in order to retrieve your lottery hunt permit (if you have not already purchased this permit for another hunting/fishing season).  This Annual Public Use Permit will also cover your ATV use in accordance with rules and regulations.  You will no longer need to purchase a seperate atv sticker/permit.  If you are planning on applying as a group of up to 5 people, please FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOUND HERE


Tensas River NWR

2312 Quebec Road

Tallulah, LA  71282

(318) 574-2664



White-tailed deer cover photo ©Daniel Johnson