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 2018-19 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, we have now 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.

Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Hunting Regulations (Available July 15, 2018)

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 purchase and 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 only for refuge hunts scheduled during the current hunt year.

Click here to purchase the Annual Hunt Permit (available July 15, 2018)



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 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit (unless you have already done so for the current hunt year) to be allowed entry on the day of the hunt. Applications for the Pinckney Island NWR Gun Hunt must be submitted by August 31, 2018. (A $5.00 Application fee will be charged)

Click here to apply for the Pinckney Island NWR Gun Hunt (Available July 15, 2018)



Youth and Specialty Hunts

A number of youth hunts, as well as a wheelchair deer hunt, are offered at the Savannah NWR each year. These hunts do not require the purchase of the $25 Annual Hunt Permit, however, youth hunters must request a free permit from the Savannah NWR Visitor Center.  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 and/or applications for each of these hunts.

Savannah NWR General Youth Hunts Information Packet (Available July 15, 2018)

Savannah NWR Quota Youth Waterfowl Hunt Information (Available July 15, 2018)
Savannah NWR Quota Youth Waterfowl Hunt Application

Savannah NWR Youth Hunt & Learn Weekend for Turkey (Available December 2018)
Savannah NWR Youth Hunt & Learn Weekend for Turkey Application

Savannah NWR Wheelchair Hunt Information Packet (Available July 15, 2018) 
Savannah NWR Wheelchair Hunt Application 



State Alligator Hunt Information

Alligator hunting is not permitted on the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. However, hunters who have been successfully drawn to participate in a state alligator hunt (GA or SC) may hunt within certain designated navigable waterways within the refuge boundaries.  The map below shows these waterways highlighted in yellow; alligator hunting is prohibited in all other refuge lands and waters: 

State Alligator Hunt Map


For questions about hunting or assistance with the permit process, please call Refuge Ranger Amy Ochoa at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center at (843) 784-9911, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.