The Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, located in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, is one of the Southeast’s premier sites for viewing the rapidly diminishing longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem.
2023-2024 Hunt Dates and Information Available

The hunt season is fast approaching and Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge hunt brochure is available online as well as the supplemental information. Brochures are available at the refuge office and kiosks.

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge 2023-2024 General Hunting Regulations & Permit

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge 2023-2024 Hunt Seasons: Supplemental Information to Refuge Regulations

Visit Us

National Wildlife Refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. There are a multitude of opportunities for recreation and experiences with wildlife at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge. 

Location and Contact Information

      Hunter Education Course - Saturday September 16, 2023

      The course will be taught by the SC Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) at the refuge office (23734 Hwy 1, three miles North of McBee, SC), beginning at 8:15am until 5:00pm.  Hunter education is not just for youth and not just for hunters.  The program is for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and has an interest in conservation.  The course is also an excellent refresher for veteran hunters.  All residents and non-residents born after June 30, 1979 must complete a hunter education course before obtaining a hunting license.   


      Pre-register on-line Event - South Carolina Hunter Education Class - September 16, 2023 in McBee, SC ( (you may also search SCDNR Hunter Education and then search by zip code, 29101) 

      For all the details, visit the refuge's Hunting Page.

      About Us

      Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge was created to provide habitat for migratory birds, to demonstrate sound management practices that enhance natural resource conservation, and to provide wildlife-oriented recreation opportunities. In addition, the refuge supports a recovery population of the red-cockaded woodpecker.

      What We Do

      Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
      A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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      is established to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species. 

      Our Species

      Rolling beds of deep, sandy soils provide the foundation for Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, one of the last great vestiges of the longleaf pine ecosystem. The refuge also has habitats of streamside pocosins (translated “swamp on a hill”), open fields, hardwood ridges, wetlands and open water ponds.  Home to the rare and the ordinary, this refuge typifies the unique biological diversity of the longleaf pine ecosystem.

      Our Library

      Visit our digital library to find refuge brochures and documents.

      Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge Map

      This map is georeferenced and can be used with Avenza maps, which allows you to drop your phone's GPS location on top of the map as you navigate the refuge.

      Get Involved

      Master new skills. Meet new friends. Enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow through an internship or volunteering.