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    Applications for the hunt can be submitted to
    There is a $5 processing fee for applicants, and we have set the
    application deadline at Sunday September 13th.

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    Family, Friendly, Kids Hunt (Bluff Unit):
    September 30 & October 1st, and October 7 & 8, 2016. (Lottery Drawing only)
    Cuddo Unit: Archery Only October 10-15, 2016
    Pine Island: Primitive Weapons and Archery Only October 17-22, 2016
    Cuddo Unit: Primitive Weapons and Archery Only October 24-29, 2016

    Hunter Education Safety Course: September 24th Santee Visitor Center @ 9 am.

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    Hunting Permits

    The Santee NWR host special lottery deer hunts on the Bluff Unit this fall.  Legal weapons for these hunts include muzzle loading rifles (black powder rifles) or shotguns with slugs.  Up to 15 applicants will be randomly selected for each hunt date.  To be eligible, each hunting party must include a youth (17 years of age or younger) and an adult at least 21 years old with a valid hunting license.  Anyone born after June 30, 1979 must have completed a hunter education course to hunt/discharge a weapon on the refuge, including youth under the age of 17.  Fixed, two-person ladder stands will be provided for hunters with both the youth and accompanying adult hunting from the same stand. Travel to and from the designated deer stands will be provided by refuge staff and all parties are to stay in their respective stands until refuge staff arrives for the end of the hunt.   

    “Family, Friends, and Kids” hunts are designed to encourage adults to share an outdoor experience with kids by bringing a child hunting with them.  The following rules apply for the special Family, Friends, and Kids hunt:

    Both the adult and youth may possess a firearm and harvest deer.
    Eligible hunting parties must include one adult and one youth.
    For the child to harvest a deer, they must be between 10-17 years of age, have a valid hunter education certificate, and be accompanied by an adult.  Children ages 16 or 17 must be properly licensed.
    Children under 10 years of age or older youth without a valid hunter education certificate are still welcome to participate, but will not be allowed to possess or discharge a firearm.  However, adults may harvest deer.
    Adults must be over 21 years of age and have a valid hunting license.
    Valid hunting license and hunter education card (if required) should be in the hunter’s possession while hunting on the refuge.
    Hunters are permitted to take feral hogs as an incidental take during this hunt.

    All participants must check in at the refuge Visitor Center no later than 2:30 p.m. on the day(s) of your scheduled hunt.  If you are not present and checked in by 2:30 pm, your hunting opportunity will be given up to standby participants

    The Visitor Center is located 8 miles south of Summerton on U. S. Hwy. 15/301 (exit 102 off of Interstate 95). Items you will need to bring include:  a shotgun with slug ammunition or a muzzle loading rifle, bug spray, flashlight, an orange hat and vest, hunting license if you are 16 and older, and proof of hunter education. If a hunter does not bring the proper orange required, they will not be permitted to hunt.

    Santee Rules and Regulations Brochure "Click Here"

    Special Use Permits

    Because of strict requirements concerning public uses, all commercial activities and certain other activities such as research require special permission and have permit fees associated with them. Some proposed activities requiring permits include: 

    Filming/videotaping (any non-amateur work, including public television and other government entities)  
    Wildlife or general photography (for publications or retail)  
    Seining or any collection of plants, animals, soil, or water  
    Any after-hours use  
    Any activity in areas not open to the visiting public  
    All research  
    Guide Permits   

    When in doubt, it is best to apply for a special use permit.



    To Request a Special Use Permit:
    The permit must be requested at least two weeks in advance of planned activity.

    The request must be in writing, on letterhead if possible, and addressed to:

    Refuge Manager
    Santee National Wildlife Refuge
    2125 Fort Watson Road
    Summerton, SC 29148

    The request must include:

    Who is requesting the permit? Name and address of the permittee (if the permit is for more than one person, this person is responsible for the behavior and compliance of the entire group. Names for everyone in the group may be required.)
    What is the nature of the proposed activity?
    Why is it being conducted. (Purpose)
    Where the activity will take place (as specific as possible, boardwalk, Coffee Bay, etc.).
    When the activity will take place, including dates and time of the day.
    How the activity will be conducted. (methods and equipment)   

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country.  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.  Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Migratory Birds.

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits.

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2016
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