Some visitors are surprised that hunting is allowed on Savannah NWR (as it is on many NWR's).
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.
Hunting seasons are scheduled for deer, turkey, mourning dove, squirrel, rabbit, feral pigs, and coyotes. Youth hunts are scheduled for turkey and waterfowl. Wheelchair hunts for deer are also available.
Hunters must obtain the current-year Complex hunt schedule to check out seasons for various animals and must review all refuge-specific hunting regulations prior to participating in any refuge hunt. Violation of hunting regulations may result in fines and prosecution.
All hunters, 16 years of age or older, are required to purchase and possess the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit. This permit will allow hunters access to all "non-quota", general public hunts on any of the following NWR's in the Complex.
Annual Hunt Permits are $25, non-transferable, and valid only for refuge hunts scheduled during the current hunt year on any refuge. The annual hunt permit is not required for youth hunters 15 and under.
Permits will be available for sale beginning August 1, 2019.
Alligator hunting is not permitted on the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. However, hunters who are eligible to participate in a state alligator hunt (GA or SC) may hunt within certain designated navigable waterways within the refuge boundaries. The map below shows these waterways highlighted in yellow; alligator hunting is prohibited in all other refuge lands and waters: