Hunting at Okefenokee NWR
Credit: Blaine Eckberg
Okefenokee is one of over 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, many of which offer hunting programs. The primary objective of a national wildlife refuge is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. The harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable resource. Public hunting on the Okefenokee NWR is permitted in three areas, the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area (Eastside), the Pocket (Westside), and the Cowhouse Unit (Northside) at certain times of the year. See the brochure for the hunt you are interested in below.
All hunters must possess a State of Georgia hunting license to hunt on the refuge. In addition to Federal laws and regulations, State game and fish laws apply unless they have been further restricted by Federal laws and regulations. The regulations for each hunt area are listed in the brochures below, and in regulations which govern hunting on wildlife refuge areas as set forth in Title 50, Code 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Hunting will be in accordance with applicable State of Georgia regulations.:Hunting laws and regulations are designed to protect the sportsmen and wildlife populations.
To report a hunting or other refuge violation, contact Law Enforcement Officer Jim Shelton at 912-288-7481 or the Refuge Administration Office at 912-496-7365 ext.0.