Refuge Seeking Comments on Hunt Plan

Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Proposes Draft Hunt Plan

Lakeland, GA…..Hunting on national wildlife refuges is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. Today, more than 370 refuges are open to the public for hunting across the country. Here in the southeast, national wildlife refuges are a huge part of this tradition. We welcome sportswomen and men of all backgrounds and abilities to experience challenging hunting in amazing places.

Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is proposing to open the refuge to an alligator hunt and is seeking public comment on the Banks Lake NWR draft hunt plan. The proposed hunt plan includes an alligator hunt according to the State of Georgia Regulations limited to the first two weekends of the state season.

You are invited to review draft documents which include the Draft Hunt Plan,Environmental Assessment, and Draft Compatibility Determination. The documents are available beginning March 23, 2020 and comments must be received by April 20, 2020.  

Draft documents are available on the refuge’s website at Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format.

Please submit comments to Laura Housh, Natural Resource Planner at  Please title your email “Banks Lake”.

Across the country, national wildlife refuges work closely with state agencies, tribes, and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing where it is compatible with refuge purposes. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions.

Draft Hunt Plan

Press Release