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Mobility Impaired and Wounded Warriors Hunt Information
November 9, 2018

Hunt applications are no longer available.

This year Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) in cooperation with the United States Department of Energy, the USDA Forest Service – Savannah River (USFS-SR) and the Wheelin’ Sportsman Wild Turkey Federation (WS-NWTF) is pleased to announce that we will be conducting a one day still hunt for deer, hogs and coyotes.

The hunt will be held at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, SC and will be conducted on Friday, November 9, 2018. We will have a morning and evening hunt. A continental breakfast will be provided. Upon completion of the morning hunt there will be a lunch and banquet. You will then return back to your hunt location for the evening hunt. This will be an all-day event starting at 5:00 am and ending at 7:30 pm.

We regret that we may not be able to accommodate all interested applicants due to a limited number of stand locations, but encourage you to complete the application which will be entered in our lottery selection process. More detailed information on the hunts will be sent out to selected applicants.

To eliminate any misunderstandings and to ensure future successful events, carefully read the following rules and requirements governing this event. If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Kirby at (803) 557-5293. The rules and requirements statement must be signed and returned along with the hunt application.

Rules and Requirements

The Savannah River Site has a "ZERO TOLERANCE" policy for unsafe hunters. This includes traffic violations (seat belts, speeding, texting or using a cell phone while driving). Violators will be immediately and permanently removed from the SRS hunts.

Please Note:  There may be film crews on hand for filming, as well as media personnel to conduct interviews.  All selected participants will be required to sign a Liability/News Release Form.

  • The minimum age limit for participants and partners is 16 years of age and must be a US citizen.
  • Participants may bring someone to assist them in a non-hunting capacity.  Participants will be limited to one partner.
  • All participants will have a SRS badged escort with them at all times while hunting.  Participants with partners will also have a SRS badged escort.  Hunt groups may not exceed three people (hunter, partner, and escort).
  • All participants and partners will be subject to a criminal background check as part of the procedure to be admitted to SRS.
  • Law Enforcement/Centerra-SRS will be checking vehicles upon entrance and exit from SRS.  You must possess a valid drivers' license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. Anyone not having these documents will be denied access to SRS hunt property and if in violation of a law, will be cited for the violation.
  • Contraband items are not allowed anywhere on SRS with the exception of the firearms and ammunition approved for use during the hunt.  See below for a complete list of all Prohibited Articles at SRS.
  • Anyone deemed or suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be permitted on site.
  • All hunters must possess a valid SC Hunting License and Big Game Permit.
  • All participants and partners must attend the Safety Briefing scheduled for Friday, November 9, 2018 and sign the Safety Briefing Attendance Roster.
  • All participants and partners are required to wear a vest/coat and hat/cap of international BLAZE ORANGE - colored material (bright orange, not faded). No white showing. These items are not furnished by SRS.
  • One 12 gauge shotgun with slugs or buckshot, or one 20 gauge shotgun with Sabot slugs.  (No rifles or handguns).  If you need a firearm or equipment, let us know so we can arrange to have one for you.
  • No 20 gauge buckshot or 20 gauge "Foster" type slugs.
  • NO LOADED weapons are allowed in the deer hunt control building area or in vehicles.  Weapons will be loaded at the beginning of the hunt and must be unloaded at the conclusion of each hunt.
  • Hunters and their partners/ escorts will remain stationary at their designated stand, which will be a minimum of 900 yards apart.  There will be no one moving through the woods during the hunt.
  • The hunt will not begin until all participants are at their designated stand location.
  • No wildlife other than deer, hogs, and coyotes will be harvested.
  • SRS Environmental Monitoring will monitor and obtain samples from all animals harvested before carcasses will be allowed to leave the Site.  See statement below pertaining to Cesium-137.
  • You may bring a hunt blind.
  • No tree stands allowed.
  • No four wheelers allowed.
  • No cooking or open fires permitted.
  • Hunt areas will be assigned at the entrance and all other necessary information pertaining to the hunt.
  • All rules apply to participant and partner.
  • Violation of any rule results in permanent exclusion from the hunt. Harvested animals will be confiscated.


Cancellation of Event

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and the U.S. Department of Energy – Savannah River holds the right to cancel the Savannah River Site Deer Hunt at any time prior to or during the event.  Participants will be notified immediately if such a decision is made.

Prohibited Articles at SRS

The following are considered prohibited articles and are prohibited at SRS and its facilities unless in the possession of a person with a valid pass (see Note 1 & 2):

  • weapons (cross-bows, bows and arrows, martial arts weapons such as butterfly knives, other fixed blade knives not intended as eating utensils or required in the performance of duty and folding knives with blades over 3 inches)
  • firearms (Exception: shotguns belonging to hunters who have been issued SRS hunt permits and are participating in authorized hunts)
  • simulated firearms
  • ammunitions (Exception: empty or fired cases) and explosives
  • incendiaries and accelerants, to include paint thinner, solvents, propane, gasoline, etc., explosive materials, and related devices (Exception: highway safety flares if properly stored in the vehicle)
  • alcoholic beverages
  • non-prescription narcotics, illegal drugs, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia or articles used in the sale, manufacture, delivery, or possession of illegal drugs. These articles include hypodermic needles and syringes, roach clips, spoons, vials and pipes designed to smoke hashish or marijuana.
  • tear gas, chemical mace, and devices containing chemical agents, chloracetophenone [cn], orthochlorbenzalomalononitrile [cs] or other chemical irritants (Exception: containers of 2 ounces or less of pepper or mace sprays carried for personal use are not prohibited at the SRS with the exception of Material Access Areas [MAA].)
  • stun guns (small device that generates an electric shock)

Note 1: If an item is not required in the performance of your job on Site, then the item must be left at home. This would include the following types of items: garden and yard tools such as garden hoes, shovels, pitchforks, digging tools, pruners, rakes, tools for watering, branch cutters, shredders, chippers, garden tools for weeding, garden trowels, garden tillers/cultivators, hedge cutters, weed-eaters, chain saws, pipes, machetes, yard brooms, electric blowers, electric trimmers, electric vacuums, and lawn mowers. In an effort to minimize delays during the vehicle inspection process, employees should check their vehicle prior to leaving home for unnecessary equipment, tool-boxes, containers, luggage and garden/yard tools (items listed above), which should be left at home. Certain items could be considered a prohibited and controlled item (weapon) such as machetes, axes, pipes and nail guns, unless they are needed and approved for an employee's work requirements.

Note 2: As part of the inspection process for prohibited and controlled articles at the site perimeter barricades, when a personally/privately-owned vehicle (personally-owned, subcontractor, vendor, etc.) is selected for a random entry/exit inspection at a perimeter barricade, the Protective Force, in addition to checking for required security badges and conducting a search of the vehicle, will also ask for driver's license, registration and proof of insurance. A driver is required to have all of these documents on his/her person or in his/her vehicle, in order to drive the vehicle. It does not matter in which state the vehicle is registered, Site policy requires that you have/provide proof of all three documents, valid registration/insurance/license, when selected for an inspection. Therefore, even if SRS employees reside in a state that doesn't require the driver to have proof of insurance in the car, they need to make a copy of their insurance card showing current insurance dates or a copy of their policy to show they do, in fact, have insurance. Anyone not having these documents is currently being denied Site access and if in violation of a law, is being cited for the violation. Prior to the vehicle being allowed access to the Site, all three required documents must be available.

Things to Know

  • All selected applicants will be subject to a background check throughout the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC).
  • Social security number is required for application process and NCIC check. All social security numbers will be kept confidential.
  • If selected, your permit will be non-transferable.
  • Hunt dates are subject to change. In the event a change occurs, all hunters affected will be given another hunt date.
  • Bring a watch. Hunt start and end times are strictly enforced.
  • Cell phones are allowed.
  • Do not litter.
  • Camping is available at Aiken State Park or you can contact the Chamber of Commerce in Aiken, SC at 803-641-1111 for accommodations.
  • Hunt licenses will not be sold at SRS. For hunt license information contact the SC Department of Natural Resources at (803) 734-3838 or online at WWW.DNR.SC.GOV


The Department of Energy - Savannah River (DOE-SR) and its contractors are committed to protecting the public and the environment from excessive radiation exposure. Deer and hog hunting have been allowed at the SRS since 1965. SRS currently has a per year administrative dose limit to release game animals (deer, hogs, etc.). SRS will also update the hunter survey card by asking for the amount of meat consumed by the hunter from the SRS animals and if the hunter would like to be notified of his/her dose. SRS will continue to monitor wildlife and calculate the doses to each hunter before releasing the animals. There is a slight chance a hunter(s) who kills more than one animal or a larger animal may go above this limit. If this happens, the Site can not release the animal(s). The hunter may choose to keep the head and rack of a trophy animal. This notice is part of the SRS's continuing efforts to inform you of changes that may impact you, as well as the Site. If you have questions, please contact the Environmental Services Section at (803) 952-7497.

Cesium-137 Statement

All plants and animals, including humans, have small amounts of radioactive material in their bodies. Since 1945, nuclear weapons have been tested above ground across the world, with most of this testing conducted in the 1950’s and 1960’s. These tests left small amounts of the radioactive material cesium-137 in the earth’s air, water, plants and soil. While most of the cesium-137 at the Savannah River Site (SRS) is a result of the nuclear weapons testing in the 1950’s and 60’s, work at SRS also added cesium-137 to the air, water, soil, and plants around the site.  All deer and hogs, including those found at SRS, have small amounts of cesium-137 because it is found in the air, water, soil and on the plants those animals breathe, drink, and eat. Cesium-137 enters the human body by breathing, eating, and drinking; including when deer or hog meat is eaten. The Department of Energy has set limits for the total amount of radioactive material to which people can be exposed. The Department of Energy’s limits are based on national and international standards established to protect human health. SRS also implemented additional restrictions to further limit exposure.  Every deer and hog killed during the hunt is checked for cesium-137.  Under no circumstances will any deer or hog be released if the radioactive material will cause the hunter’s limit to be above the SRS limit.


In consideration of the permission granted by the Department of Energy (DOE) to enter upon the Savannah River Site for the purpose of hunting deer, I hereby agree to indemnify and hold SRNS, DOE, USDA Forest Service-Savannah River, SREL, WSI and the U.S. Government harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, losses, expenses, and liabilities arising out of or caused by my entry for deer hunting, unless and to the extent that such claims, damages, losses, expenses, and liabilities shall be determined to be solely attributable to the neglect of SRNS, DOE, USDA Forest Service- Savannah River, SREL, WSI, or their employees, agents or subcontractors.

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