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.


As of now, there is no plan to postpone or cancel any refuge hunts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, all staff managed hunts are subject to modifications or cancellation if conditions change. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, as well as an active hurricane season, we urge hunters who only plan to participate in hunts at Pinckney Island, Wassaw, Harris Neck, or Blackbeard Island to wait to purchase your hunt permit until closer to the date of the hunt. There is no limit to the number of permits we issue, and therefore no reason to purchase it early. For questions, please contact the refuge hunt coordinator at Amy_Ochoa@fws.gov or (843) 226-5738.

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 are required to review all refuge-specific hunting regulations prior to participating in any refuge hunt. 

Please click on the links below to view/download each refuge's hunt regulations (these regulations have been consolidated in the past, but are now separated by refuge). Hunt dates are included in these regulations.

Savannah NWR Hunt Regulations

Pinckney Island NWR Hunt Regulations

Wassaw NWR Hunt Regulations

Harris Neck NWR Hunt Regulations

Blackbeard Island NWR Hunt Regulations

 


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", general public hunts on any of the following national wildlife refuges: Blackbeard Island, Harris Neck, Pinckney Island, Savannah, and Wassaw NWRs. Annual Hunt Permits are $25, non-transferable, and valid only for refuge hunts scheduled during the current hunt year.  The annual hunt permit is not required for youth hunters 15 and under.

BE ADVISED: SINCE THERE IS NO BENEFIT TO PURCHASING THE HUNT PERMIT EARLY, AND SINCE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC AND AN EXTREMELY ACTIVE HURRICANE SEASON, WE ARE ENCOURAGING HUNTERS TO WAIT UNTIL CLOSER TO THE DATE OF THE HUNT(S) YOU PLAN TO ATTEND BEFORE PURCHASING. WE DO NOT LIMIT THE NUMBER OF HUNT PERMITS WE SELL SO THERE IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO SELL OUT.

Click here to purchase the Annual Hunt Permit

 


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 Youth Hunt Information


Savannah NWR Quota Youth Waterfowl Hunt Information
Savannah NWR Quota Youth Waterfowl Hunt Application (Hunt postponed)


Savannah NWR Youth Hunt & Learn Weekend for Turkey Information (available Dec 1, 2020)
Savannah NWR Youth Hunt & Learn Weekend for Turkey Application  


Savannah NWR Wheelchair Hunt Information Packet (Hunt postponed)
Savannah NWR Wheelchair Hunt Application

 


For questions about hunting or assistance with the permit process, please email savannahcoastal@fws.gov or call Refuge Ranger Amy Ochoa at (843) 226-5738, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.