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Hunting

Hunting is one of the priority recreational uses on National Wildlife Refuges and compatible with the mission of this refuge. Organized hunting of surplus wildlife species is one tool used to maintain wildlife populations at a level compatible with the available habitat.

 

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. Carefully managed hunts maintain wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable renewable resource. Public hunting is permitted, in designated areas, on five of the seven Savannah Coastal Refuges: Blackbeard Island, Harris Neck, Pinckney Island, Savannah, and Wassaw NWRs. Hunters must obtain the current-year Complex hunt schedule for specific dates.

Click here to download the 2014-2015 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Hunt Schedule

Hunters are also required to review all refuge-specific hunting regulations prior to participating in any refuge hunt. In previous years, these regulations have been printed separately for each individual refuge; however, this year we have consolidated the regulations into one publication. Please click on the link below to download the current year's hunting regulations for all refuges within the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. Links to each individual refuge's hunt map are also listed below.

2014/15 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Hunting Regulations
Blackbeard Island NWR Hunt Map
Harris Neck NWR Hunt Map
Pinckney Island NWR Hunt Map
Savannah NWR Hunt Map
Wassaw NWR Hunt Map
 


 

Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit

All hunters, 16 years of age or older, are required to possess the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit. This permit will allow hunters access to all "non-quota" hunts on any of the following national wildlife refuges: Blackbeard Island, Harris Neck, Savannah, and Wassaw NWRs. This permit is non-transferable and is also required if drawn for the lottery hunt at Pinckney Island NWR. Annual Hunt Permits are $25 and valid for the current hunt year only.

Click here to purchase the Annual Hunt Permit  
 


 

Pinckney Island NWR Lottery Gun Hunt

A lottery hunt application must be submitted in order to be entered into the drawing for the Pinckney Island NWR Gun Hunt. Successfully drawn hunters must then purchase the Annual Hunt Permit to be allowed entry on the day of the hunt (unless you have done so already for the current hunt year). Applications for the Pinckney Island NWR Gun Hunt must be submitted by August 31, 2014. (A $5.00 Application fee will be charged)

Click here to apply for the Pinckney Island NWR Gun Hunt

 


 

Youth and Specialty Hunts

A number of youth hunts, as well as a mobility-impaired hunt are offered at the Savannah NWR each year. These hunts do not require the purchase of the Annual Hunt Permit. However, if a lottery drawing is involved for any youth or specialty hunt, a $5 application fee will be charged. click on the links below to download information packets for each of these hunts.

Savannah NWR Youth Archery Hunt
Savannah NWR Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Savannah NWR Youth Hunt & Learn Weekend for Turkey (Coming Soon!)
Savannah NWR Youth Turkey Hunt (Coming Soon!)
Savannah NWR Mobility-Impaired Hunt
 



For questions about hunting or assistance with the permit process, please call the Savannah NWR Visitor Center at (843) 784-2468, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Page Photo Credits — White-tailed deer:  Michael Leary
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2014
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