Pee Dee

National Wildlife Refuge - North Carolina

Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge is situated along the Pee Dee River in Anson and Richmond Counties, North Carolina. The refuge provides wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife. Wintering waterfowl numbers fluctuate greatly, but can exceed 10,000 birds yearly. The refuge also supports a small population of wintering Southern James Bay Canada geese.

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Brochure of Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Pee Dee - Brochure

Brochure of Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Fact Sheet of Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Pee Dee - Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet of Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Tear Sheet of Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Pee Dee - Tear Sheet

Tear Sheet of Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Birds at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Pee Dee - Birds

Birds at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Fishing at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Pee Dee - Fishing

Fishing at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Hunting at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Pee Dee - Hunting

Hunting at Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in North Carolina. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Pee Dee NWR https://www.fws.gov/refuge/pee_dee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee_Dee_National_Wildlife_Refuge Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge is situated along the Pee Dee River in Anson and Richmond Counties, North Carolina. The refuge provides wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife. Wintering waterfowl numbers fluctuate greatly, but can exceed 10,000 birds yearly. The refuge also supports a small population of wintering Southern James Bay Canada geese.
Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge 5770 Highway 52 North Wadesboro, NC 28170 704/694 4424 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 1 800/344 WILD http://www.fws.gov photo: Donna Dewhurst September 2019 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge Pee Dee is one of over 560 refuges in the This blue goose, designed by “Ding” Darling, has become a symbol of the Refuge System. National Wildlife Refuge System, which is the world’s most outstanding network to wildlife. Refuges provide habitat for over 280 endangered and threatened species as well as hundreds of other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and plants. photo: Gary Stolz of lands dedicated Canada goose Welcome to your National Wildlife Refuge Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge is located in both Anson and Richmond Counties in south-central North Carolina just six miles north of Wadesboro. Situated in the Triassic Basin of the lower piedmont, the refuge’s 8,500 acres of rolling hills covered with pines and hardwoods gently slope to the broad flood plain of the Pee Dee River. This area is surrounded by development with over six million people from Charlotte to Raleigh. The refuge is an active partner in efforts to maintain the natural heritage of this area. Part of a Network of Lands — Born of Necessity, Managed with Care Pee Dee is one of over 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is the world’s most outstanding network of lands dedicated to wildlife. Refuges provide habitat for over 280 endangered and threatened species as well as hundreds of other birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and plants. The National Wildlife Refuge System, first started in 1903 by President “Teddy” Roosevelt, is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and encompasses over 150 million acres across the nation. History The Pee Dee refuge is close to the once famous “Lockhart Gaddy’s Wild Goose Refuge,” located in Ansonville, North Carolina. Lockhart Gaddy, a one-time avid goose hunter, turned friend of the geese in the fall of 1934. Eastern bluebird Dogwood blooms In the 1960’s numbers of both geese and ducks began to decline in southcentral North Carolina. Fortunately, lands adjacent to the Pee Dee River and Brown Creek offered excellent potential for waterfowl habitat development. With local and State support, the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge was established in October, 1963, to provide wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl. The original purpose for which the refuge was established was “…for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose for migratory birds.” Through new laws and executive orders, the mission of the refuge continues to expand. The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 Act states the “big six” public use objectives. Through this executive order the refuge offers the following opportunities to develop appreciation for fish and wildlife; hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education and interpretation. Wildlife Habitats The variety of habitats on the refuge supports a diversity of wildlife species. The refuge contains 3,000 acres of contiguous bottomland hardwood forest along Brown Creek. This area forms the core of the largest bottomland hardwood tract left in the Piedmont of North Carolina. A 2,000 acre tract along Brown Creek and Thoroughfare Creek bottoms has been deemed a Significant Natural Heritage Area and is listed in the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program. The refuge also contains about 1,200 acres of upland pine forest and an approximate 4,300 acre mosaic of croplands, old fields, moist-soil units, and mixed pine-hardwood forest that intermingle with creeks, ponds, lakes and the Pee Dee River. Reforestation efforts in the old fields have provided habitats essential for many species of wildlife. Waterfowl photos: Gene Nieminen Dave Menke By the early 1950’s the flock had grown to an estimated 10,000 Canada geese and 1,000 wild ducks spending the winter at the world’s most unusual goose refuge. Visitors from 47 states and 11 foreign countries signed the guest book in 1952. The tradition continued each year from 1934, with the first birds arriving each October flying with the full moon, and departing in mid-March. The Gaddy Goose Pond was closed to the public in 1975 after the deaths of both Mr. and Mrs. Gaddy. The pond currently remains closed to the public. photo: Ginger Corbin Using his four live decoys to attract the wild geese to his one acre pond, Mr. Gaddy was both surprised and delighted to see his decoys attract nine wild Canada geese. This was the beginning of the “Gaddy’s Goose Pond,” as it is known today. Mallards Wildlife on the Refuge Peak populations of waterfowl in the fall and winter can exceed 10,000 birds, with the majority being mallards, ring-necked ducks and wood ducks. Other ducks often seen are the American wigeon, Northern pintail, gadwall, greenwinged teal and bl
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge photo: USFWS Refuge Facts ■ Established: 1963. photo: USFWS photo: USFWS ■ Mechanical and chemical control of noxious plants. Acres: 8,443. ■ Located in Anson and Richmond counties of North Carolina. ■ Deer management with public hunting. ■ Other management: 21 conservation easements in seven counties. ■ Educational/interpretation. ■ Law enforcement. Location: the refuge is located seven miles north of Wadesboro, NC on U.S. Highway 52. ■ Partnerships. Natural History ■ The Pee Dee NWR is part of the Savannah-Santee-Pee Dee Ecosystem. ■ ■ The diversity of habitats and management programs supports a broad range of wildlife species, including over 180 birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles, 28 mammals, and 20 fish species. The refuge lands are comprised of 3,000 acres of bottomland hardwoods, 1,200 acres of upland pine forest; and 4,300 acres of croplands, old fields, moist soil units and mixed pine hardwoods. Financial Impact of Refuge ■ Five-person staff. ■ photo: USFWS Prescribed fire. ■ ■ JD Bricken, Refuge Manager Pee Dee NWR Route 1, Box 92 Wadesboro, NC 28170 Phone: 704/694 4424 Fax: 704/694 6570 E-mail: r4rw_nc.ped@fws.gov ■ 35,000 visitors annually. Refuge Objectives ■ Habitat and Wildlife Management (including migratory birds and endangered species) ■ Resource Protection (including law enforcement and partnerships) ■ Visitor Services (including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, education and interpretation) ■ Refuge Administration (including studies, staffing and facilities management) Management Tools ■ Water management for waterfowl. ■ Cooperative farming. Public Use Opportunities ■ Trails/hiking. ■ Auto tour routes. ■ Fishing. ■ Observation towers. ■ Wildlife observation. ■ Photography. ■ Hunting. ■ Fishing. ■ Bird watching. Calendar January-February: waterfowl observation, Christmas Bird Count. May: Migratory Bird Day. June: National Fishing Week. September: mourning dove hunts, archery hunts for deer. October: National Wildlife Refuge Week, raccoon and opossum hunts, muzzleloader hunting for deer, modern gun hunts for deer.. November: Quail hunting. December: squirrel hunting, archery hunts for deer. Questions and Answers When is the Environmental Education Center going to be built at Pee Dee? When funding is obtained. Can you hunt and fish on the refuge? Yes, during the special seasons, with the required permits. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Is the refuge open to the public? Yes. The purpose of the refuge is to protect wildlife habitat and provide outdoor public use opportunities including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. Why don’t we see any wild animals? The animals are wild and live in their natural habitat. What is a refuge? Pee Dee is one of over 500 refuges in the United States established for the preservation of wildlife and habitat.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Welcome to Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge Legend Ross Pond Road Observation Parking Lot Refuge Headquarters & Check Station Restrooms Friends Building Wetlands Boardwalk Brown Creek Trail Tall Pines Nature Trail County Road Refuge Road State or US Highway Rivers and Streams Waterbodies Natural Gas Pipelines Open Fields Flooded Waterfowl Impoundments Areas closed to All Access 11/25-3/14 Areas Closed to Hunting Pee Dee Wildlife Refuge Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge is one of more than 565 National Wildlife Refuges in the United Brown Creek States. Situated adjacent to the Pee Dee River, the Refuge includes 8,500 acres in Anson and Richmond counties of North Carolina. The U.S. Brown Creek Brown Creek GTR Road Fish and Wildlife Service administers the Refuge Green Tree Reservoir (Flooded Seasonally) and is responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing the nation’s fish, wildlife and plants Wildlife Drive Sullivan Pond and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the Sullivan Impoundment Wildlife Drive GTR Road American people. Conservation and Recreation In 1963, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge was established for the purpose of providing a sanctuary for migratory waterfowl. Protecting wildlife and managing their habitats is our number one goal at Pee Dee Refuge. However, providing recreational opportunities is a priority as well. For this reason, we provide opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. We want you to visit and enjoy your National Wildlife Refuge. This Map This map serves as a tool to help you navigate the refuge. It delineates roads, trails, landmarks and boundaries. Although this map is to scale and quite accurate, remember that while visiting you are responsible for adhering to all regulations and posted signs. Public Use and Hunting Regulations The refuge is open daily, but is closed at night. The refuge is closed from one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise. The Refuge Public Use Regulations and Hunting Permit brochure is published annually, and is available for free at the refuge office and several kiosks. It includes a map and regulations regarding access, hunting dates, bag limits and closed areas. Small game and archery hunters must sign and possess this permit while in the field. Hunters must also have a valid state hunting license. Turkey and firearms deer hunting requires a drawn quota hunt permit. Contact the refuge office for quota hunt applications. Wildlife Drive Hurricane Creek Tall Pines Road Fishing Regulations The Refuge Fishing Permit is also free. It includes fishing regulations and dates for refuge waters. Anglers must possess a signed Fishing Permit and a valid state fishing license while fishing on the refuge. Contact Information If you need additional information, please visit our website or contact the refuge office at 704/694 4424. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge 5770 U.S. Highway 52 N Wadesboro, NC 28170 704/694 4424 https://www.fws.gov/refuge/pee_dee/ GTR Road Dennis Road - 1649 Trench Road Dennis Road - 1649 Little Duncan Road - 1648 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dunlap Road-1632 Pressley Creek Pee Dee River Ansonville Leaks Ferry Road Pressley Creek Canal Branch Goose Pond Road 1635 52 Gaddy’s Goose Pond (closed to public) Palmetto Branch Kurstin Road-1633 Pinkston River Road-1627 Stutts Redfield Road River Road Griffin Road Beaver Lodge Lane Beaver Pond Road Gaddy Bridge V Ditch Road Ross Pond Sullivan Impoundment Sullivan Pond Wildlife Tall Drive Pines Road Trench Road Griffin Road Cemetery Road Andrews Pond Road Big Oak Road Ross Pond Road 109 Grassy Island Road-1634 Flat Fork Creek General Smith Road-1651 Little Pond Dennis Road-1649 Pinkston River Road-1627 Dennis Road 1650 Flat Fork Creek Pleasant Grove Church Road-1649 Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge Dennis Road-1650 Hurricane Creek Duncan Road-1648 Brown Creek Pinkston River Road-1627 Green Tree Reservoir (Flooded Seasonally) GTR Road Matthew Street Observation Parking Lot Refuge Headquarters & Check Station Restrooms Friends Building Canoe Launch Bridge Main Gate Seasonally Closed Gate Wetlands Boardwalk Nature Trails County Road Refuge Road State or US Highway Rivers and Streams Waterbodies Natural Gas Pipelines Open Fields Flooded Waterfowl Impoundments Areas Closed to All Access 11/25-3/14 Areas Closed to Hunting Areas Closed to Hunting 11/25-3/14 Pee Dee Wildlife Refuge Big Oak Road Brown Creek Wildlife Drive 52 Dennis Road-1649 Arrowhead Lake Pee Dee River Anson County Anson Access Road Arrowhead Road Clark Road Redhouse Road Richmond County Thoroughfare Creek Rodgers Road Grassy Island Road-1634 Pinkston River Road-1627 Palmetto Branch Goulds Fork Ridge Road Andrews Pond Ross Road Brown
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge Bird List photo: Dr. William C. Alexander Welcome to Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge! The refuge, located in the southern Piedmont of North Carolina, consists of 8,443 acres of pine and hardwood covered rolling hills sloping gently to the broad bottomland hardwood forest of Brown Creek and the floodplains of the Pee Dee River. The river flows through the refuge for nearly five miles between Anson and Richmond counties. Headquarters is located on US Highway 52, seven miles north of Wadesboro, NC. Near the current refuge was the once famous “Lockhart Gaddy Wild Goose Refuge.” Mr. Gaddy was an avid goose hunter of the Pee Dee River valley, but in 1934 he decided he would rather provide food, shelter and sanctuary for these magnificent, migratory, Southern James Bay Canada Geese. By the early 1950’s, his flock had grown to about 10,000. His refuge was closed to the public after Mr. Gaddy’s death. In the early 1960’s, the numbers of waterfowl in south central NC began to decline. The lands bordering the Pee Dee River and Brown Creek had great potential for waterfowl habitat development. In October 1963, with local and state support, the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge was established to provide habitat for migrating waterfowl. It is currently the only National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina’s Piedmont region. In 2001, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge was designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society by qualifying under winter waterfowl abundance of over 10,000 birds. Pee Dee NWR consists of a variety of habitats supporting a wide diversity of birds and other wildlife. Brown Creek’s floodplain contains a regionally significant bottomland hardwood forest, including nearly 3,000 acres. This mature hardwood community is the best example of its kind in the southern Piedmont of NC (NC Natural Heritage Program). There are also about 1,200 acres of upland pine forest and a 4,300 acre mosaic of crop land, old fields, moist-soil units and mixed pine-hardwood forests that intermingle with creeks, pristine ponds and the Pee Dee River. The refuge provides interesting birding throughout the year. Waterfowl abound in flooded farm fields and raptors are also abundant in the winter. Brushy fields provide prime sparrow habitat. Though not in the heart of a migration path, considerable numbers of migrating songbirds pass through the refuge in both Spring and Fall. There are a number of interesting breeding species such as Blue Grosbeak, Hooded Warbler, Woodthrush, and Summer Tanager. The refuge formerly was home to the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. The last of this species on the refuge was a male that died in the winter of 2000. Suitable habitat remains and hopefully, Red- cockadeds may again be seen in the future . Bald Eagles from several nearby nest sites are frequently seen soaring over the refuge. There are many good birding sites on the refuge. The Wildlife Drive behind headquarters is a good start. You can access two nature trails from the drive. Other good spots include the Gaddy’s Covered Bridge Trail and Arrowhead Lake. Keep in mind that some areas are closed seasonally. The refuge is also closed to public entry during gun hunts for deer. Consult the current refuge general brochure and hunting regulations for maps and closure information. For further information contact: Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge Route 1, Box 92 Highway 52 North Wadesboro, North Carolina 28170 704/694 4424 The checklist includes 188 species found with varying regularity on the refuge, 18 accidentals reported only once or twice and 92 breeding/probable breeding species. The list is a work-in-progress. The refuge staff welcomes information on any sightings of “O”, “R”, or accidental species or any species not included in either list. Seasonal Appearance: Spring (Sp)..............................................................March-May Summer (S)............................................................June-August Fall (F)...................................................September-November Winter (W)...............................................December-February Seasonal Abundance (A) Abundant A common species that should be seen in numbers on each visit (C) Common - Always present and certain to be seen in suitable habitat (U) Uncommon - Generally present but not certain to be seen on each visit (O) Occasional - Seen only a few times during the season (R) Rare - Not present every year Accidental— Has been seen no more than once or twice (listed separately) *— Known or suspected to have nested on refuge or known to nest locally. Birding Ethics Birders on the refuge are expected to adhere to the Code of Birding Ethics set forth by the American Birding Association to promote the welfare of birds and their environment:  Support the protection of important bird habitat  Avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger. Exercise restrai
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Pee Dee NWR Fishing Regulations The Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 540 National Wildlife Refuges in the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administers the refuge, and is responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing the nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the public. Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge Sport Fishing Regulations & Permit Sport fishing on the Pee Dee National Wildlife refuge is allowed by permit only. The regulations listed below supplement the general regulations which govern fishing on National Wildlife Refuges, as set forth in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations. Refuge Specific Regulations Fishing is allowed on refuge waters, seven days a week from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset. No night fishing. During firearms deer hunts, no fishing or other public activities are allowed within the hunting areas. See public use regulations, or inquire at the refuge office for hunt dates. Gasoline-powered boat motors may not be used. Boats are subject to all federal and state laws governing their use. Possession or use of trotlines, set hooks, gigs, jug lines, limb lines, snagging devices, nets, seines, fish traps or other special devices is prohibited. No littering. Fishing areas will be closed if litter is not picked up. Taking or attempting to take frogs, turtles and snakes is prohibited. Swimming is prohibited in refuge waters. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Camping and fires are prohibited. Pee Dee NWR Sport Fishing Permit The signing of this leaflet validates your refuge sport fishing permit, and must be in your possession while fishing. You must also possess a valid North Carolina fishing license. Waterfowl sanctuaries are closed to all public use activities from November 25 through March 14. Ponds closed for maintenance will be posted. I have read and understand these regulations. August 2018 All other ponds and refuge waters are open to fishing from March 15 through October 15 only. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 1 800/344 WILD Refuge Fishing Season Fishing is open year round in Sullivan Pond. Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge 5770 Highway 52 North Wadesboro, NC 28170 704/694 4424 http://www.fws.gov/peedee/ All other sport fishing regulations are in accordance with state law. Signature Not valid until signed Signs Protect Visitors and Resources Millions of people visit national wildife refuges each year. The impact of human activity, if not regulated, can degrade these wildlands. Signs control recreational activities while protecting natural resources on the refuge. Please respect the following signs. Grassy Island Road Pressley Creek Pee Dee River 109 Beaver Ponds Kursten Road Gaddy Bridge Beaver Pond Road Pipeline Grassy Island Road Gaddy Road Pinkston River Road Big Oak Road 1627 U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE Redhouse Road Clark Road Flat Fork Creek Observation Refuge Boundary Highways Paved State Roads Pipeline Dennis Road R T E NO HUNTING ZONE Area open to Deer, Raccoon, Opossum, and Turkey hunting only. Closed to all access November 25 - March 14 Area open to Deer hunting only Closed to all access November 25 - March 14 Area open to Deer, Raccoon, Opossum and Turkey hunting only. Closed to all hunting November 25 - March 14 Refuge Roads Area closed to hunting Road Closed Seasonally Area open to deer hunting only T R Fishing Canoe Launch Dennis Road N T OF THE I PA Area open to Dove, Quail, Rabbit, Deer Raccoon, Opossum, Squirrel and Turkey hunting Refuge Headquarters Little Pond EN U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE Dennis Road 1627 Dennis Road Legend 1650 Sullivan Pond Tall Pines Road M Grassy Island Road Pinkston River Road Bennett Bridge Hurricane Creek T All public entry prohibited GTR Road Wildlife Drive IO 109 DE Pipeline AREA BEYOND THIS SIGN CLOSED R Wildlife Drive Ross Road Brown Creek Brown Creek Matthew Street Arrowhead Lake PA Pipeline Ross Pond Pee Dee River Anson County DE Ross Pond Road Palmetto Branch U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE R Palmetto Branch Anson Access Road Grassy Island Road Ross Road UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY PROHIBITED Richmond County Rodgers Road McBride Road 109 R 52 Andrews Pond Thoroughfare Creek Griffin Road NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE IO Canal Branch Jack Currie Road M E R 1627 EN N T OF THE I T This sign delineates the refuge boundary. Entry is permitted only for authorized uses (hunting, fishing, sightseeing, etc.) in accordance with refuge regulations. This area is closed to all entry. No hunting, fishing or sightseeing is permitted. No roads or trails are open to the public (see map). This area is closed to all hunting. Firearms and archery equipment are strictly prohibited (see map). Refuge Violations To report violations or information regarding violations occu
Grassy Island Road Pressley Creek 1627 Pee Dee River 109 Beaver Ponds Jack Currie Road Leak Ferry Road Kursten Road Canal Branch Gaddy Bridge Beaver Pond Road Pipeline Grassy Island Road Gaddy Road Thoroughfare Creek Griffin Road 52 Big Oak Road 1627 Ross Pond Road Palmetto Branch Pipeline Pipeline Ross Road 109 Clark Road Redhouse Road Grassy Island Road Pinkston River Road Flat Fork Creek Legend 1650 Sullivan Pond Area open to Dove, Quail, Rabbit, Deer Raccoon, Opossum, Squirrel and Turkey hunting Dennis Road Wildlife Drive 1627 Hurricane Creek Little Pond Pipeline Youth hunts n A youth hunter is defined as a hunter under the age of 18. n Youth quota hunts are for hunters ages 10 through 17. n During quota hunts, including youth hunts, an adult may supervise only one youth. n On big game youth hunts, only one youth and one adult are allowed per permit. n During small game hunts, an adult may supervise a maximum of two youths. Tree stands n Only portable stands and blinds are permitted. Observation Refuge headquarters Dennis Road Canoe Launch Refuge Check Station Refuge Boundary Highways Paved State Roads Refuge Roads Road Closed Seasonally REFUGE VIOLATIONS To report violations or information regarding violations occurring on Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, call 704/694 4424. n Reflective clothespins may be used to mark trails, but must be removed at the end of each hunt. Big Game Hunt Hours of Access n Big game hunters are prohibited from entering the refuge prior to 4 am on scheduled hunt days. n Big game hunters must leave the refuge no later than two hours after legal sunset. n Stands or blinds may be placed no more than four days prior to the opening day of your scheduled hunt. n Participants in the Youth Deer Hunt may place their stand or blind up to seven days prior to the hunt. n Archery hunters must remove their stand or blind by the final day of the hunt. n Quota hunters must remove their stands within 24 hours after the final day of their hunt. n The following list includes the specific hunts allowed on the refuge. n Inserting or driving a nail, screw, spike or other metal object into a tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been inserted or driven is prohibited. n Feral hogs may be taken during all established deer hunts, only by hunters legally participating in those hunts. Hunting dogs n Dogs may not be used to run freely or locate game on non-hunting days. n Deer hunting with dogs is prohibited. n Dogs are permitted for small game and dove hunting. n Dogs are required for the raccoon/opossum hunts. n All dogs must wear a collar displaying the owner’s contact information. Organized Drive n Organized deer drives are prohibited. A deer drive is defined as an organized or planned effort to pursue, drive, chase, or otherwise frighten or cause deer to move in the direction of any person(s) who is part of the organized or planned hunt and known to be waiting for deer. Trail Cameras and Tree Marking n The use of unattended trail cameras is prohibited. n Dennis Road Bennett Bridge Tall Pines Road n Matthew Street Arrowhead Lake GTR Road Dennis Road Marking any tree or other refuge feature with flagging material or paint is prohibited. Pee Dee River Anson County Anson Access Road Brown Creek Brown Creek Wildlife Drive Ross Pond Richmond County Grassy Island Road Ross Road Palmetto Branch 109 Rodgers Road Pinkston River Road McBride Road Andrews Pond Pre-hunt scouting n The refuge is open daily (except refuge firearms deer hunt days) for pre-hunt scouting. Hunting Seasons n Refuge areas open to hunting are designated on the map of this leaflet. n All hunting is closed on Sundays. Waterfowl n No waterfowl hunting is allowed on the refuge. This includes the waters of the Pee Dee River from the confluence of Pressley Creek downstream to the confluence of Brown Creek. Mourning dove n State opening day, Labor Day, Wednesdays and Saturdays during State season in September only. n Anson County only. Early archery deer n September 12 - October 2, 2020 n Anson and Richmond Counties. Firearms deer Hunters must have a quota permit for the following hunts: Either sex youth hunt (10-17 year olds): October 3, 2020 *Either sex disabled hunt: October 9-10, 2020 Either sex muzzleloader: October 15-17, 2020 Either sex modern gun #1: October 22-24, 2020 Either sex modern gun #2: October 29-31, 2020 Area open to Deer, Raccoon, Opossum, and Turkey hunting only. Closed to all access November 25 - March 14 Area open to Deer hunting only Closed to all access November 25 - March 14 Area open to Deer, Raccoon, Opossum and Turkey hunting only. Closed to all hunting November 25 - March 14 Area closed to hunting Area open to deer hunting only Private Land Either sex modern gun #3: November 5-7, 2020 Either sex modern gun #4: November 12-14, 2020 *For more information on the disabled hunt, contact the

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