yahoo!!! after many years of applying for a Sambar deer hunt on the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, my group has finally gotten drawn. the island located off NW Fla. used to be a private estate. the owner stocked it with all sorts of exotic animals. when the US Fish & Wildlife Serv. took it over they eliminated all the exotics except the Sambar Deer. (and of course hogs) the hunt is only a weekend long and open to 200 hunters. there is lots of native wildlife there including red wolves. we can kill Sambars, hogs and coons on this hunt. it is also only for primitive weapons. (bow or muzzeloader) the Sambar is almost elk size and supposedly very good eating. the antlers are also prized for making stag horn knife handles and pistol grips.
we have to go there by boat and camp in the designated area. no motor vehicles are allowed but if you kill one of these huge deer, you have to drag it to a road and a ranger will pick it up for you with their motor vehicle. the hunt this year is at the end of Nov.- begining of Dec. I can't wait!!! has anyone else here gotten to hunt there?
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