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Hunting and Fishing Permits:
Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge requires all hunters have in their possession at all times, a signed Refuge hunting brochure, a state hunting license, and abide by all state hunting and harvest regulations. Hunting brochures and maps are available at our Visitor Center free of charge and serve as a hunting permit itself. Hunting on dedicated public use areas such as the Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area is prohibited. If you are unsure about an area, contact the Refuge staff for assistance.

  • Permits

    A printable version of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Permit and Hunting and Fishing Regulations is available and can be used as a valid hunting permit. You can also pick one up from our Visitor Center or have one mailed to you.

    Special Use Permits:
    Because of strict requirements concerning public uses, all commercial activities and certain other activities such as research require special permission and have permit fees associated with them. Some proposed activities requiring permits include:
    • Filming/videotaping (any non-amateur work, including public television and other government entities)
    • Wildlife or general photography (for publications or retail)
    • Seining or any collection of plants, animals, soil, or water
    • Any after-hours use
    • Any activity in areas not open to the visiting public
    • All research
    • Guide permits

    When in doubt, it is best to apply for a special use permit.

    To request a Special Use Permit:
    The permit must be requested at least two weeks in advance of planned activity.
    The request must be in writing, on letterhead if possible, and addressed to:
    Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
    Refuge Manager
    21424 N Fraser Street (Hwy 701)
    Georgetown, SC 29440

    The request must include:
    • Who is requesting the permit?  - Name and address of the permittee (If the permit is for more than one person, this person is responsible for the behavior and compliance of the entire group. Names for everyone in the group may be required.)
    • What is the nature of the proposed activity?
    • Why is it being conducted. (Purpose.)
    • Where the activity will take place. (As specific as possible, boardwalk, etc.)
    • When the activity will take place, including dates and time of the day.
    • How the activity will be conducted. (Methods and equipment.)

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Migratory Birds.


    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits.

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms.