2023 - 2024 Hunt Dates
** 9/1/22: There is a new hunter check-in procedure. All hunters must check-in before active hunting activities. Read on for details.**
The Park will accept on-line registrations beginning July 1st and continue until the quotas have been reached. The number of hunts one can register for is not limited. Registration will close 5 days prior to each hunt.
The registration process will be first come first served. The hunt fee is $35.00 per hunter per hunt except for the adult/child hunt where the fee is $35.00 per adult/child pair. Payment is required at the time of registration. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. When a particular hunt quota is full, registration for that hunt will be closed. Hunters can register as individuals or as a group. A group consists of up to 5 members plus the group lead. Standby hunters are no longer being accepted. An e-mail will confirm your registration.
The hunt registration site may be accessed at Pay.gov - Home then search for "Cumberland Island National Seashore Managed Hunts".
Weapon and License Regulations
Archery: Longbows, recurve bows, compound bows and crossbows (scopes legal).
Primitive Weapons: Archery equipment (as listed above) and muzzle loading firearms (scopes legal). Centerfire handguns are allowed on primitive weapons hunts.
Modern Weapons: Rifle or handgun, centerfire only, .22 caliber or larger.Shotguns 20 gauge or larger loaded with slugs, buckshot is prohibited.
Hunting License Requirements
Deer and Hog Hunts: Georgia residents need a Georgia Big Game License.Non-residents need a Georgia non-resident hunting license and a Georgia non-resident Big Game License.
Hog Only Hunts: Georgia residents need a Georgia resident hunting license. Non-residents need a Georgia non-resident hunting license. A Georgia Big Game License is not needed for the hog only hunts.
Cumberland Island follows Georgia Department of Natural Resources hunting regulations. For more detailed hunting, weapon and license information go to georgiawildlife.com.
Cumberland Island managed hunt and camp regulations
Non-hunters are not allowed. Camping is for registered hunters only. This pertains to all hunts.
Adult/Child: Children between the ages of 10 and 17 may participate with any youth under the age of 16 accompanied by an adult at all times during the hunt. One adult per child is allowed. Only the child is allowed to harvest game. Modern weapons are allowed. The fee for each adult/child pair is $35.00.
Check-in for archery, primitive weapons, and hog-only hunts are on Monday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at either Plum Orchard Hunt Camp or Brickhill Bluff Campground. Check-in for the adult/child hunt is on Wednesday. All hunters are required to check in and present their hunting license and identification. An orientation covering the rules and regulations will be given at 1:30 P.M. at Hunt Camp.
Hunting takes place sunrise to sunset Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday. (Thursday & Friday for adult/child hunt)
Hunters may set up camp no earlier than 8:00 AM the day before a hunt begins. All hunters must depart by 12:00 PM the day after the hunt ends.
Deer harvested will be tagged with a GA DNR managed hunt tag and will not count against the hunter's state bag limit.
Transportation to Cumberland Island is by passenger ferry or private boat. The hunt passenger ferry departs from the National Park Service dock in St Marys at 10:00 AM on Monday. The return ferry departs Plum Orchard dock at 10:30 AM on Friday. The ferry for the adult/child hunt departs on Wednesday and returns on Saturday. The round trip fare is $50.00. Reservations for the ferry must be made when you receive your hunt confirmation. Please specify the 10 AM Hunt ferry. The ferry reservation number is 877-860-6787 or 912-882-4335. No other charter or water taxi operators are authorized to operate to the seashore.
This regulation does not apply to registered hunters of an NPS managed hunt. Private boaters may check-in at Plum Orchard Hunt Camp or Brickhill Bluff Campground. The dock can be used to load/unload gear. Overnight docking at Plum Orchard is permitted for hunters actively participating in the managed hunts. First come, first served." Once dock is full, private boats can beach or stream anchor.
All hunters are required to camp at Plum Orchard Hunt Camp or Brickhill Bluff Campground.
Plum Orchard Hunt Camp Amenities:
Bathroom and showers, walk-in cooler (game only), potable ice machine, potable water, deer/hog cleaning station, scales, first aid station, and ranger cabin with electricity to charge electronic equipment. A tour of Plum Orchard mansion is offered Wednesday (time will be announced).
Please prepackage all equipment and supplies you bring to limit the amount of refuse generated.
Brickhill Bluff Campground Amenities and Regulations:
None, except a great view of the Brickhill River. Non-potable water is available. No fires are allowed and everything packed in must be packed out. Trash pickup is NOT available at Brickhill Bluff campground.
**New check-in Process for 2022**
All hunters must check in with Park Staff prior to engaging in active hunting activities.
Check-In for Hunters will consist of the following:
A single use wristband will be issued upon successful check-In. Wristband must be worn or carried visibly on the hunter’s person or gear prior to participating in any Active Hunting.
Check-In for all Hunters will take place at:
Hunters engaging in Active Hunting without a permit will be subject to a violation under 36 CFR 2.2(b).
Lodging Classification for CUIS Managed Hunts
Hunter Classifications for CUIS Managed Hunts
Last updated: November 3, 2023