Bat Emergence

This natural phenomenon only occurs June -August and lasts for approximately one hour near dusk. To view bats emerging from the cave, park at the Refuge entrance gate and walk approximately 100 yards to the cave entrance on your right. A new wildlife viewing platform is available to watch the emergence. Remember to bring your umbrella.

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Small Game Hunting Regulations

Sauta Cave NWR has small game hunting opportunities avalable as outlined by the Jackson County Wildlife Management Areas and Refuges of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Jackson County Hunting Permit and Regulations

About the Complex

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge 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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