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Standers Hunt Information (Dog Drives)
December 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, &17, 2021

A current and valid email is necessary to participate in any hunt

Rules and Requirements

Reminders for 2021 (Dog Drives)

  • Stander dog drive.
  • Required to remain in your stand during the entire hunt.
  • Hunters should bring a flashlight.
  • MUST remain within 50 yards of assigned stand.
  • All other stander rules are the same (see below):
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.
  • Must be 16 years of age to hunt.
  • All hunters must possess a valid SC Hunting License and Big Game Permit.
  • Note to Non-Resident Hunters:  A Big Game Permit is required, in addition to the appropriate hunting license (either 3 day non-resident or 10 day non-resident).
  • Hunters 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 - buckshot only, no slugs.
    (No rifles or handguns)
  • Shells over 3 inches will not be allowed.
  • No wildlife other than deer, hogs, and coyotes will be harvested.
  • No contraband allowed.  See list below 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.
  • Weapon must be unloaded with the action open upon arrival and remain unloaded while being transported to and from stand.
  • No shooting before or after designated hunt time.
  • No weapons are allowed to be loaded prior to designated start time and must be unloaded at designated end time.
  • No tree stands allowed.
  • No cooking or open fires permitted.
  • Standers are required to remain within a 50 yard radius of the stand location.
  • All harvested animals leaving Savannah River Site must be covered.
  • Violation of any rule results in permanent exclusion from the hunt.  Harvested animals will be confiscated.  No Refunds. 

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.
  • You may hunt in a group of up to five (5) people submitted on one application.
  • If selected, your permit will be non-transferable and no refunds will be issued.
  • Hunt dates are subject to change.  In the event a change occurs, all hunters affected will be given another hunt date.
  • The assembly point for the hunts is located at old SC Hwy 5 (adjacent to Hwy 125 at the Jackson barricade). 
  • 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 Savannah River Site.  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 Savannah River Site (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 Savannah River Site’s continuing efforts to inform you of changes that may impact you, as well as the Site. If you have questions, please contact Environmental Services Section at (803) 952-6931.

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 (SRS) for the purpose of hunting deer, I hereby agree to indemnify and hold SRNS, DOE, USDA Forest Service-Savannah River, SREL, Centerra, and any of their managers, directors, officers, and/or employees 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, Centerra, or their employees, agents or subcontractors. In addition, I expressly and voluntarily assume the risk of death or other bodily injury sustained, including, but not limited to, contracting and/or transmitting to others the COVID-19 virus, while participating in the deer hunt, whether or not caused by the negligence or other fault of SRNS, DOE, USDA Forest Service-Savannah River, SREL, Centerra, and any of their managers, directors, officers, and/or employees.

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2021 SRS Standers Hunt application deadline is Sept. 1, 2021

Questions/concerns?  Contact Donna O'Bannon at 803.557.5697

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