St. Vincent

Hunting

brochure St. Vincent - Hunting
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Regulations 2019-2020 General Provisions St. Vincent NWR is one of over 500 national wildlife refuges. The primary objective of the refuge is to provide habitat for conservation and protection of all species of wildlife. The harvest of surplus animals is one tool used to maintain wildlife populations at a level compatible with habitat. Hunters must check out with refuge staff before leaving the island. Campers must remove all personal equipment from the island by 11 am on Sunday after each hunt. Each adult may supervise only one youth. The successful hunter must check out game at designated check stations. No live game may be checked out. The regulations below supplement the general regulations which govern hunting on wildlife refuges as set forth in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 32. Hunting will be in accordance with applicable State regulations. Hunters must field dress game in the woods prior to collection during game pick up runs. Game pick up will only occur on open roads south of Big Bayou. Hunters who have a state mobilityimpaired person permit number, and require help during the hunts, must contact the St. Marks NWR office at 850/925 6121 to request a Hunter Assistance Form. Specific Hunting Regulations Public hunting of white-tailed deer, sambar deer, feral hogs, and raccoons is permitted on 11,400 acres of St. Vincent Island as shown on the map on the reverse side of this brochure. Access onto St. Vincent Island is restricted to the Indian Pass and West Pass campsites. Hunters may not leave hunt gear nor stage equipment nor access island before check-in time which is 8 am Eastern Time (ET) on the Wednesday before the hunt begins. Strictly enforced. Hunters arriving after Wednesday must sign in at the check station, if the check station is unstaffed they may hunt. Hunters must complete check-in later that same day of arrival with staff. The check stations will be staffed beginning at 9 am ET each day of the hunt. St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge P.O. Box 447 Apalachicola, FL 32329 Website: http://www.fws.gov/saintvincent No entry allowed in closed areas on Refuge. The following may ride during the game pick up runs: successful hunter of game retrieved. If a successful minor (18 years or younger), one adult may accompany. If a successful adult, accompanying minor hunter (18 years or younger) may ride. Primitive weapon hunts (sambar and white-tailed deer): All hunters, when outside campsite area, must wear a minimum of 500 square inches of solid, unbroken fluorescent orange-colored material above the waistline, including while in stand. Archery hunters are encouraged to wear a fluorescent orange outer garment while hunting on the ground or walking to and from stands. All hunters, regardless of age must possess a refuge permit. Youth hunters (younger than 16 years) must be supervised by a permitted adult at least 21 years of age, and must remain in sight and normal voice contact of the adult. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge P.O. Box 68 St. Marks, FL 32355 Website: http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks 850/925 6121 Non-quota white-tailed deer hunters, regardless of age, must possess a refuge hunt permit. Stand hours will be enforced from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 9 am ET for all hunts. Courtesy evening stand hours will be observed from two hours before sunset until sunset. A hunter safety orientation meeting will be held Wednesday evening before each hunt at 5 pm ET at each check station. Hunters may set up tree stands only after check-in and stands must be removed from the island at the end of each hunt. Camping and fires are restricted to the two designated camping areas. Refuge manager may suspend campfires if drought conditions exist. Campsites are unimproved. Only non-potable water will be available at the campsites. Hunters must observe quiet time in the campground(s) between 9 pm – 5 am ET. No loud or boisterous activity permitted. Weapons may be discharged at the designated discharge area(s) between 5 am to 9 pm ET. 1800/334 WILD U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service July 2019 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service The use or possession of alcoholic beverages while on the island during refuge hunts is prohibited. n No motorized equipment, generators, vehicles or electric bicycles allowed. n Littering and cutting of live or standing dead trees are prohibited. Only dead and downed wood may be cut. n No baiting n Use of flagging tape and reflective materials prohibited. Painting or defacing plants or trees prohibited. Target practice is prohibited. n Discharging of weapons (including cap firing) in campgrounds is prohibited. Hunt Permits The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) will be handling all hunt permits for St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. Applications may be submitted at any license agent or tax collector or on-line at http://myfwc.com/license/limited-entryhunts/ beginning at 10 am (Eastern Time) May 15, 2020 ending June 15, 2020. License: possess identification, a Florida hunting license, state deer permit, Florida archery stamp, and a valid refuge hunt permit. No state management area stamp required. White-tailed Deer (Archery) 250 permits maximum White-tailed Deer (Muzzleloader) Season: January 16-18, 2020 (Thursday – Saturday) 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset. Species: White-tailed Deer (buck having antlers with 2 or more points on one side greater than 1 inch in length). A limited number of antlerless permits will be issued on site. Antlerless deer are defined as doe, or deer with antlers less than 5 inches. Youth 15 or younger can harvest any deer except spotted fawn. Quota Hunt Sambar Deer (Muzzleloader) – 200 permits Bag Limit: one white-tailed deer; unlimited hogs and raccoons. (state annual bag limit applies). Season: November 21-23, 2019 (Thursday – Saturday) 1/2 hour before sunrise until 3 pm each day. Weapons: State regulations for primitive weapons. Species: sambar deer (either sex), feral hogs, raccoons. Bag limit: one sambar; unlimited hogs and raccoons. Weapons: state regulations for primitive weapons. License: possess identification, a Florida hunting license and a valid refuge hunt permit. No management area stamp, archery stamp or muzzleloader stamp required. License: possess identification, Florida hunting license, state deer permit and valid refuge hunt permit. No state management area stamp, archery stamp or muzzleloader stamp required. Primitive Weapons Hunt- 250 permits maximum T M R n Weapons: state regulations for archery equipment. Crossbows permitted. U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE PA Only still and stalk hunting permitted. Intentional driving of game animals (game drives) is prohibited. Bag Limit: one white-tailed deer; unlimited hogs and raccoons. (state annual bag limit applies). AREA BEYOND THIS SIGN CLOSED DE n It is unlawful to insert a nail, spike or other metal object into any tree or to hunt from any tree in which a nail, spike, or other metal object has been inserted. Species: White-tailed Deer (Buck having antlers with 2 or more points on one side greater than 1 inch in length) or antlerless deer (defined as a doe, or deer with antlers less than 5 inches). Youth 15 or younger can harvest any deer except spotted fawn. Signs Protect Visitors and Resources Millions of people visit national wildlife refuges every year. In order to both protect wildllands and wildlife and provide visitors with an enjoyable experience on refuges, certain regulations are necessary. Please respect the following signs and help us take care of your refuge. R n White-tailed Deer (Archery) Season: October 31- November 2, 2019 (Thursday– Saturday) 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset. IO Prohibited Activities n Domestic animals are not permitted on the refuge. EN T T OF THE IN E R This area closed to all public entry. All public entry prohibited NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE This sign delineates the refuge boundary. UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY PROHIBITED U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE Eagle Nesting Area This area closed to all public entry. Closed To All Entry U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pack It In Pack It Out d R Closed Areas Roads West Pass South West Pass Indian Pass 2 d R d R Gulf of Mexico 3 Pickalene Rd A 4 G Rd Rd 5 e ak n s tle at R Rd C FR d ER d D Rd GG R d d R Rd B Closed areas are subject to change. Contact the Refuge Office for current information. Lakes/Saltmarshes/Ponds St. Vincent Boundary Closed to Vehicles Hunt Camps 1 Game Pick Up Routes: Ú Ú 0 d R Ú Indian Pass Camp Cabin Indian Pass Rd 14 Mile R d Rd 5 A Rd d R 5 Rd Big Bayo u 0 ¯ Rd Dune Rd Ju ng le In su la to rR d Apalachicola Bay Kilometers 1 Miles 1 G Rd Wi nd mi ll R d H Rd I Rd J Rd 6R d 30A Rd 0 West Pass Camp West Pass Rd Dune Rd Ú Ú Cabin S C hell ha R rl o d tte R d 6 Rd 7R d Refuge Office Apalachicola 7R d St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge T a hit iB e a ch Rd

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