Some hunters use bicycles to carry their gear to the area they want to hunt.

ALERT: The annual deer hunt has been cancelled for 2024 due to a planned habitat improvement project that will be ongoing throughout the fall and winter. 

This coastal, back-barrier island, adjacent to Hilton Head, has a moderate deer population that is kept in check by an annual, one-day shotgun hunt, typically held in early November. Deer can be found all over the hunting area, which includes 1,000 acres of uplands. 

Hunters are required to read the hunting regulations document posted below which contains refuge-specific regulations as well as important information on participating in refuge hunts. 

All hunters 16 and older must purchase a $25 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Hunt Permit in order to participate in any scheduled refuge hunt. This permit is good for all scheduled hunts during the 2023-24 season on all five of the Savannah Coastal Refuges (Blackbeard Island, Harris Neck, Pinckney Island, Savannah, and Wassaw NWRs.)

Due to the potential for tropical storm and hurricane activity in our area that could shut down our barrier islands, we advise hunters not to purchase hunt permits any earlier than one week before you plan to hunt. There is no limit to the number of permits we will issue in a season, and therefore no benefit to purchasing it early.

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