lyagooshka wrote: OK, not to get too ignorant on you, but could you walk me through the trip from parking your car to getting back in it? Just the highlights. I’d like to hear how it really is. Here is how I envision it, tell me if I’m way off.
Drive 12 hours. Park the car. Get your stuff and go to the boat (guessing will need reservations). Get on the island and put your stuff down where you plan to camp (inside of the 20 acre camping area). Grab your stand and go to “mark your territory”. Find a spot, hang your stand, leave some TP and go back to camp. Pitch your tent, have some food, go to sleep. Wake up, go to your spot, climb the tree, wait for a deer, climb down, go back to camp. If you are tired, dress like a deer and lay on the main trail, and the DNR will take you back in a gator 😆 .
Now, first question is: when/where is report time/place? Is this a Friday-Sunday hunt or only Saturday to Sunday?
Next, I am guessing there will not be any hunting on Sunday as noon comes pretty quickly, so it’s really a one day hunt 🙁 ?
Is there any hunting in the evening? Sounds like morning is in a tree and afternoon is a stalk?
You mention climbing sticks, are climbing stands ok 😕 ?
Are there porta-potties or is it “bring a shovel” 😳 ?
Beyond all of the planning, this sounds like it would be well worth the 12 hour drive. Any other info you can think of would be well appreciated. Thanks for the help so far. Be well.
From where you live, it’ll probably be more like 15 hours to Harris Neck NWR. You will unload your truck and load everything into the boat. The boat will take you through the canal out to the sound and into the canal between Blackbeard and Sapelo island. The dock is on the southwest side of the island and you will unload, check in with the refuge people and they will load your stuff onto a gator and drive it to whatever campsite you choose.
You’ll immediately want to unload and head to find a good spot and get it marked. The further from camp, the better.
On the first evening, there is a mandatory meeting at the deer skinning shed where they give you all the rules and have a q and a session. From there, you just hunt and enjoy.
Sitting in a treestand is definitely your best bet but during mid-day, I have heard of people going still hunting and coming up on deer and pigs. I like to walk the beaches if I have spare time as they are pristine. It’s amazing what is on a beach when people aren’t always around pilfering all the shells and cool stuff that washes up.
The boneyard areas have some amazing tidal pools full of sea life of all types.
If there’s anything else you need, just hollah!