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Wildlife refuge draft hunt plan up for review
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites the public to review and comment on a draft hunt plan that would expand hunting opportunities at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, located in Chatham and Effingham counties, and Jasper County in South Carolina.

The plan is an update of the current Refuge Hunt Plan, in effect since 2007, and proposes additional opportunities for the public to enjoy this appropriate, wildlife-dependent activity. The accompanying environmental assessment examines the cumulative impact of the Refuge’s hunting program and ensures the program fully complies with the National Environmental Policy Act. A draft compatibility determination for the proposed use has also been prepared.

All comments received from the public are reviewed and considered before finalizing the hunt plan and environmental assessment. The documents may be viewed online at Paper copies may be obtained by calling the Refuge at 843/784-2468.

A 30-day public review period began Monday in which you may provide written comments by email to, or by mail or hand-delivery to 694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeeville, SC  29927.

Savannah NWR is one of over 560 national wildlife refuges located throughout the U.S.. The nearly 30,000-acre refuge is home to bald eagles, neo-tropical migratory songbirds, large concentrations of wading birds and wintering ducks, and American alligators. 

The Savannah NWR Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays and all federal holidays. The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive and all other refuge lands are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work