First, the hunt is archery or muzzleloader only (same season) and is held for only three days in late November or early December. For 2013, the dates are December 5-7. Aside from some areas of St. Vincent Island that are closed to hunting, hunters may choose to hunt anywhere, so you might encounter some competition.
Second, since the refuge is an island about ¼ mile from the mainland, a boat is necessary for access. If you don't own a boat, a charter is your only option. A list of captains in the area is available from the Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce (850-653-9419). Evidently there is some difficulty landing on parts of the island where hunting occurs be sure to inquire about this. If you choose to camp, you'll be in a primitive site on the island with no electricity, plumbing or other amenities. Your other option is to travel back and forth to the mainland each day.
Third, this is a lottery-draw permit-only hunt with 200 permits slated for 2013. Permits for the hunt are drawn by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with a $5 application fee and a $25 permit fee. A Florida non-resident license ($151 for a full season) and either a muzzleloader or archery permit ($5) are also required. Application for nonresidents may be done online at http://www.myfwc.com/license/limited-entry-hunts/general-info/st-vincent-sambar-deer/. This year, the application period is May 1 June 3 and permits drawn must be picked up by August 1. Any leftover permits are sold starting August 6. While it's late to........(continued)