Permits provide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a means to balance use and conservation of protected species. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law.  Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife.

  • Hunting Permits

    All hunters, 16 years of age or older, are required to possess the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit, which certifies they understand and will comply with all refuge hunting regulations. 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 also required if drawn for the lottery hunt at Pinckney Island NWR. Annual Hunt Permits are $25, non-transferable, and valid for the current hunt year only.

    Click here to purchase the Annual Hunt Permit

  • Special Use Permits

    At Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge, Special Use Permits (SUP) are required, and must be obtained, in order to conduct any of the following types of activities:

    Biological Research/Specimen Collection 
    Commercial Filming
    Commercial Tours or Activities
    Special Events
    Access to areas normally closed to the public

    If you are interested in conducting one of the above named activities on the refuge, we encourage you to contact refuge management at least one month in advance to begin the SUP process. If you are found conducting an activity that requires a SUP without the appropriate permission you could be subject to legal action.

    For forms and additional information on Special Use Permits, please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System's SUP site.

    For information on other types of permits, please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's permit site.