A Birdseye View from St. Vincent Island

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM.

            *15 nests were negatively affected by storm surge from Tropical Storm Andrea                         (June 6, 2013) 

            *6,284 hatchlings emerged and left their nest

Twenty nests were adopted last season through Adopt-A-Nest program.  That program will begin looking for 2014 turtle nests sponsors at the annual meeting.  You can also contact the Supporters Group at 229-6735 to go ahead and adopt a nest for the 2014 season.

There are three managed hunts each hunting season on St. Vincent Island.  The November hunt (Nov. 20-24) is an archery hunt and 35 hunters harvested four White-tailed deer (two bucks and two does), one feral hog (boar), and five raccoons (two males and three females). 

The Sambar deer hunt took place on Dec. 5-7 with 107 hunters participating.  Eight Sambar deer were harvested (four hinds and four stags with 4-6 points) with dressed weights of 122-370 lbs.  Also one feral hog (88 lb. sow) and two raccoons were harvested..  The January hunt (Jan. 23-24) – a primitive weapon hunt (muzzle loader and bow) – had 123 hunters participating. They harvested 35 White-tailed deer (17 does, 18 bucks) and 10 feral hogs (five sows and five boars).

The monthly island tours are taking reservations for the spring 2014 season. All regularly scheduled tours are on the second Wednesday of each month.  Due to the popularity of the island tours, several additional dates have been added to the schedule.  Upcoming tour dates are Feb.12, Feb. 26, March 12, March 26, April 9, and May 14.   

Our enhanced website will give you a lot of details about the tours plus a convenient place to sign up.  Just click on “Island Tour Sign Up”.  The tour is free, but participants must make a reservation on the web @ www.stvincentfriends.com and seats are filled on a first come, first served basis. There is a small charge for boat transportation to and from the island. Bring everything you need, including drinking water – and leave only your footprints behind.  

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