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FWC offers special hunts on refuges

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By The Staff

This fall, Northwest Florida offers special deer and wild hog hunts at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and a unique “big-game” hunt on the island of St. Vincent NWR. 

The application period for these hunts begins at 10 a.m. May 3 and continues through 11:59 p.m. June 9.

There are two archery hunts, two general gun hunts and one mobility-impaired gun hunt on St. Marks NWR, which covers 60,000 acres in Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties. Five-day archery hunts for white-tailed deer and wild hogs are Nov. 8-12 in the Panacea Unit and Nov. 1-5 in the Wakulla Unit. There are 200 available permits for each hunt at $15 each. 

The two general gun hunts are both three days long and take place on the area’s two units: Wakulla (Dec. 9-11) and Panacea (Dec. 16-18).  There are 150 permits available for the Wakulla Unit and 80 for the Panacea Unit. These permits cost $15, if you are drawn.

The three-day mobility-impaired gun hunt is for hunters certified as mobility-impaired by the FWC. It is on the Panacea Unit Dec. 10-12, and 15 permits are available – again, $15 if drawn.

 You can apply for these permits online at www.fl.wildlifelicense.com (choose “Limited Entry/Quota Permits and Applications”) or complete an application worksheet and present it to any license agent or tax collector’s office by 11:59 p.m. June 9.  Permit information and application worksheets are available online at MyFWC.com/Hunting.