St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Sambar Deer Permit

General Information

A Saint Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Sambar Deer Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order to participate in Sambar Deer primitive weapons hunts on Saint Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge.  This is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hunt issued by FWC.  Saint Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge is only accessible by boat. If you have questions about the refuge's rules and regulations or would like further information on the hunt, please visit the Saint Vincent National Wildlife Refuge page External Website. Click the "Application Worksheet" link at the bottom of the page for specific hunt dates.   

  • Cost: $5.00 to apply in Phase I, if successful, the permit fee is $25.00.  There is no application fee in Phase II.
  • Requirements: There is a non-refundable $5 application fee in Phase I.
  • Issuance Method: Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer permits are issued by random drawing during Phase I. Once the drawing is conducted, successful Phase I applicants must purchase their permits by the specified deadline.  Permits not purchased by the deadline (See Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis in Phase II. In the Phase I random drawing, applicants are selected based on their preference points. Applicants with the highest number of Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer preference points are selected before those with less Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer preference points. 
  • Exemptions: There are no exemptions; you must have a Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer permit to participate in these hunts.
  • Restrictions: You may submit one Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer application and receive one Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer permit. Successful applicants must purchase their permit by the deadline, or it will be forfeited and sold in Phase II.
  • Group Applications: Group applications are only accepted in Phase I. A group application assures that all members of the group (5 maximum) go through the random drawing as one application. If successful, all members of the group receive an opportunity to purchase a Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer permit, even if there is only one permit left. Each group member must submit a Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer application and join the group during the Phase I application period. You cannot add members to a group application after the Phase I application period ends.   
  • Preference Points: If you apply during Phase I and are unsuccessful, you will be awarded one Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer preference point for next year (even if you get issued a permit in Phase II). Preference points are cumulative and you will receive one additional Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer preference point each year you apply in Phase I and are unsuccessful. If you apply during Phase I next year, and are drawn for a Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer permit, your Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer preference points will be reset to zero, even if you fail to purchase your permit by the deadline. No preference points are awarded if you fail to apply in Phase I. If you fail to apply during Phase I for two consecutive years, your preference points will be reset to zero.
  • Transferability: Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer permits areNOTtransferable.
  • Guest Permits: Guest permits areNOT available for this permit type.  During the hunt, only licensed and permitted hunters are allowed access to the refuge.  Non-hunting guest are prohibited during periods open for hunting.
  • Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within about two weeks after the end of the application period. If you are successful in the Phase I drawing, you must purchase your permit by the specified deadline.  Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis in Phase II. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.
  • Reprints: You can reprint lost or destroyed non-transferable Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer permits online at no cost or at a license agent or tax collector office for about $2.50. Receipts, temporary license numbers, and printed copies of Internet pages may not be used as a Saint Vincent Island NWR Sambar Deer permit.
  • How to Apply: You can apply online External Website (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or complete the Application Worksheet (click "Application Worksheet" at bottom of page) and present it to any license agent or tax collector office External Website. Children and residents who do not hold a Florida drivers license or Florida ID must apply as non-residents to use the online system.
  • How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I random drawing, you can pay for and print your permit online External Website, at a license agent or tax collector office. Permits issued in Phase I will be available in the system for printing online, by a license agent, or tax collector until the permit purchasing deadline. Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and issued in Phase II. In Phase II (First-Come, First-Served Leftovers) you are immediately awarded your permit, and the license agent or tax collector will immediately print your permit. If applying online in Phase II, you can immediately print or save your permit. The permit will remain available online until the last day of your hunt. If you choose to pay for your permit online, be sure you have access to a printer and to disable your browser’s pop-up blocker, so that you can print or save your permit directly from the website. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non-blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.

Application Dates and Worksheet

 



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