Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
2021-2022 Hunt Season Dates
Folkston, GA….Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of many refugees in the United States that offer hunting opportunities to the visiting public. The primary objective of a national wildlife refuge is to provide habitat for the conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. Public hunting opportunities are a way to provide recreational opportunities and permit the use of a valuable resource. Public hunting on the Okefenokee NWR is permitted in three areas: the Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, the Pocket, and the Cowhouse Unit during certain seasons each year. All hunters must possess all applicable Georgia hunting licenses in accordance with state regulations. Hunters may view the refuge-specific hunt brochure (available online at www.fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee) for additional hunt regulations and information.
Suwannee Canal Recreation Area
Deer and Feral Hog Lottery Quota Hunt, located near Folkston. The dates of this hunt are Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23 (5:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). A total of 40 permits will be awarded for the hunt, 10 of which will be reserved for mobility-impaired hunters (i.e. confined to a wheelchair) and/or youth hunters (ages 16 and under). Mobility-impaired and youth hunter dates are Friday, October 22, and Saturday, October 23. Each mobility-impaired/youth hunter drawn for Chesser Island can have one escort to assist with their hunt. The escorts of these individuals are authorized to hunt under the same permit. Hunters are required to use shotguns or muzzleloaders only. Deer taken do not count against the state limit and a special refuge tag will be provided upon check-out for each deer taken.
Pocket Unit Hunt
Deer and Feral Hog Archery Only, located near Fargo. The dates of this hunt are September 11 – November 7, 2021, in accordance with State regulations. All hunters must sign in and out each day of the hunt. All stands must be removed daily.
Contact Stephen C. Foster State Park at 912 637-5274 for an early exit to the hunt area if you are staying in the park overnight.
Cowhouse Unit Hunt
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNA) is managing deer, feral hog, small game, and turkey hunts on Cowhouse Island in conjunction with their Dixon Memorial Wildlife Management Area (WMA) hunts. Hunters on this portion of the refuge are limited to foot and bicycle traffic only. No dogs are allowed except for hunting quail. Sign-in and check-in at Dixon Memorial WMA. Regulations and information may be obtained by calling (229) 426-5267 or at www.gohuntgeorgia.com and http://www.fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee.