Hunting at Okefenokee NWR


Hunt dates are announced for the 2021-2022 hunting season.

Okefenokee is one of many national wildlife refuges in the United States that offer hunting opportunities to the visiting public. The primary objective of a national wildlife refuge is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. Public hunting on the Okefenokee NWR is permitted in three areas, the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, the Pocket, and the Cowhouse Unit at certain times of the year. All hunters must possess all applicable Georgia hunting licenses in accordance with state regulations. 

The Suwannee Canal Recreation Area Hunt permits will be issued via lottery.  Lottery applications will be accepted from August 15-September 15, 2020. Download the lottery application.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN THE $15 PERMIT FEE WITH YOUR APPLICATION.  If you are drawn for the hunt, we will notify you and request payment for the permit fee.  

 Check out the Okefenokee Hunt Brochure for complete regulations.  

2021-2022 Hunt Dates:

(B) – Bonus Hunt

(S) – Sign in at Dixon Memorial WMA

(Q) – Quota Lottery Hunt  Download application

Cowhouse Unit


Archery - Either Sex: Sept. 11-28, Oct.3-6, Oct. 10-15 (S)

Primitive Weapon - Either Sex: Sept. 29–Oct. 2 (B); Oct. 7-9 (S)

Firearms - Buck Only: Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-26 (S); Either Sex: Nov 4-6 (B); Nov 24-28 (S)


Apr. 9 -May 15, 2022 (S)

SMALL GAME (Quail, Rabbit, Squirrel ONLY): Aug. 15-Nov. 19; Nov. 21 - Dec. 3; Dec. 5 - Feb. 28

Feral Hogs may be taken May 16-31, no dogs allowed. No coyote hunting.

Pocket Unit

Archery - Either Sex: Sept. 11-Nov. 7 (Sign-in/Out Required)

Suwannee Canal Unit 


Firearms (Shotgun or muzzleloader ONLY) -Either Sex: Oct. 22-23 (Q30)

Wheelchair & Youth Hunters (Shotgun or muzzleloader ONLY) - Either Sex: Oct. 22-23 (Q10)