FOLKSTON, Georgia -- October 21, 2012
The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is opening portions of its land for wild hog and deer hunting for two days near the end of October.
Refuge rangers have scheduled the hunts for next Friday and Saturday. Parts of the vast refuge will be closed to all but permitted hunters from 5:30 a.m. to noon both days.
The Okefenokee refuge will issue only 40 permits for the hunt on a first-come, first-serve basis. Hunters must use shotgun slugs or muzzle-loading rifles only.
All hunters must have a valid Georgia hunting license. Permits for the Okefenokee refuge hunt are $12.50 apiece.
The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge covers 402,000 acres of federally protected land near the Georgia-Florida state line. The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.