Fishing and Hunting

Hunting? I thought this was a wildlife refuge!

The primary objective of a national wildlife refuge is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. The harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to manage wildlife populations.


Carefully managed hunts maintain wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment, provide recreational opportunities, and permit the use of a valuable renewable resource.

Where can I hunt?

Public hunting is permitted, in designated areas, on five of the seven Savannah Coastal Refuges: Blackbeard Island, Harris Neck, Pinckney Island, Savannah, and Wassaw NWRs. Hunters are required to review all refuge-specific hunting regulations prior to participating in any refuge hunt. 


Click here to be directed to our website for more detailed information about hunting in the complex.

What about fishing?

Fishing access, rules and regulations are different depending on which Refuge you visit. Click on a button below to be directed to our website with more information about fishing on our refuges. Or, download our Complex fishing brochure.