We are headed to St. Vincent Island…AGAIN! I still can’t believe this happened! For the 2nd year in a row the Southern Draw crew has been drawn to participate in one of Florida’s most coveted hunting experiences on St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. We are gearing up and setting out to try our luck at tagging a Sambar Deer. But first let me explain how this happened two years in a row….. The “old” Florida Wildlife Commission’s lottery system rules stated; that once drawn for this quota hunt, each participant is ineligible to apply for the hunt the following year. However this year the FWC rules changed, implementing a preference point system for this quota hunt. The “new” rule change stated; that all said applicants are eligible to apply; those not awarded a tag will be issued a preference point to use for future applications. What that translates into…..all applicants started back at square one this year, all applicants will have a chance one day to draw because of the points system and that the TSD crew happens to be some lucky SOB’s.
If all of this seems foreign to you or you are just unfamiliar with this hunt altogether then please check out our blog post from last year. It does a better job of explaining how the hunt actually takes place. If there are any hunters out there that drew this tag and are having hard times finding information about this hunt, please don’t hesitate to shoot us a message with questions. We’d be happy to fill you in with any information we can, our best advice would be to do your research before leaving for this hunt.
In addition, any hunters who do not have personal watercraft and need to find a way to-and-from the island, charter boats are the way to go. They typically charge a rate of $100/per person/round trip. The charter we used last year was excellent and highly recommended. Reel Memories Charters out of Apalachicola, FL Contact: Pam (850) 653-9322. They were on time, super friendly, provided a huge boat that fit all five hunters comfortably, were capable of hauling 2x the gear than what we traveled with and even gave us pointers on how to hunt the island. Experience the travels and excitement first hand by checking out our 2012 Sambar Short Film that we put together following last years trip. Watch it, like it and share it with friends!
Shoot your bows or muzzle loaders for this one!!
Adam | TSD |