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  • Blackbeard Island Archery Hunt Cancelled

    Hunt scheduled for October 13-15, 2016 has been cancelled due to damages from Hurricane Matthew.

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  • White-tailed deer by Michael Leary

    2016-17 Hunt Permits

    Beginning July 15, hunters may purchase the 2016-17 Hunt Permit. Please visit the refuge's hunting web page for details.

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Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation

Blackbeard Island NWR is open to visitors daily from sunrise to sunset, except during scheduled refuge hunts. Transportation to the refuge is not provided; visitors must use their own boats or make arrangements with a charter service.

About the Complex

Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex

The Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex is comprised of seven national wildlife refuges, totaling 57,226 acres, located in coastal Georgia and South Carolina.

Blackbeard Island is managed as part of the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Enjoy Your Visit!

  • Visitor Activities

    Surf fishing on Blackbeard Island NWR

    There are wildlife-dependent recreational activities offered year-round at Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography, hiking, bicycling, fishing and hunting. Come and enjoy YOUR National Wildlife Refuge today!

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  • Hunt Information

    White-tailed deer by Michael Leary

    Blackbeard Island NWR hosts two, 3-day archery hunts for white-tailed deer and feral hogs every year A refuge hunt permit and State licenses are required for hunters 16 and over.

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  • Found a Baby Bird or Injured Wildlife?

    The refuge is not equipped to take in or care for injured or orphaned animals. The Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources maintains a list of permitted wildlife rehabilitators that you may contact. Georgia DNR is also who should be contacted for any nuisance wildlife issues, including aggressive alligators.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Beach sunrise:  Mary Ellen Urbanski
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2016
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