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.


Due to changes to refuge hunt plans and regulations, as well as potential changes to management protocols due to COVID-19, we have delayed the posting of refuge hunt regulations and the activation of the permit purchasing link. We will post Savannah NWR hunt regulations and activate the permit link before the start of the 2020-21 hunt season (Aug 15, 2020), but may hold off a little longer on the other refuge regulations until closer to time for those hunts when decisions have been made for how we will manage them safely. We urge hunters who only plan to participate in hunts at Pinckney Island, Wassaw, Harris Neck, or Blackbeard Island NWRs to hold off on purchasing the hunt permit until the regulations are posted and you have a chance to review them. There is the potential for changes to be made that could affect your decision to participate, and there is no benefit to purchasing the permit early. For questions, please contact the refuge hunt coordinator at: Amy_Ochoa@fws.gov or (843) 226-5738. Thank you for your patience and continued support!

 

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. Click the link below to download the current-year Complex hunt schedule for specific dates.

2020-2021 Hunt Schedule (COMING SOON! For specific date questions now, please email savannahcoastal@fws.gov)

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 (Revised regulations for the 2020-21 season coming soon!)

 


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 (permit link will be activated as soon as regulations are finalized and published)

 


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 (Coming soon!)


Savannah NWR Quota Youth Waterfowl Hunt Information (Coming soon!)
Savannah NWR Quota Youth Waterfowl Hunt Application  


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 (Coming soon!)
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.