Beaufort News

Wildlife refuge to close Friday for annual hunt

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge near Hilton Head Island will be closed to the public Friday for an annual deer hunt. The entrance gate will close after sunset Thursday and remain closed all day Friday. It will reopen at sunrise Saturday. The one-day gun hunt will include 80 participants drawn from more than 200 applicants, according to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service news release. For more on the refuge, call 843-784-2468 or go to