Camp Blanding WMA

Regulations Summary and Area Map
July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

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This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Camp Blanding Wildlife Management Area. Regulations that are new or differ substantially from last year are shown in bold print. Area users should familiarize themselves with all regulations. For exact wording of the wildlife laws and regulations, see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) wildlife code, on file with the Secretary of State and state libraries. This brochure, the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook, and quota permit worksheets should provide the information necessary for you to plan your hunting activities. These publications are available from any Commission office, county tax collector and at MyFWC.com.

Persons using wildlife management areas are required to have appropriate licenses, permits and stamps. The following persons are exempt from all license and permit requirements (except for quota permits when listed as “no exemptions”, recreational use permits, antlerless deer permits and the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp [federal duck stamp]): Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older; residents who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate; residents in the U.S. Armed Forces, not stationed in Florida, while home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders; and children under 16 years of age. Children under 16 years of age are exempt from the federal duck stamp. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975 and 16 years of age or older must have passed a Commission-approved hunter-safety course prior to being issued a hunting license, except the Hunter Safety Mentoring exemption allows anyone to purchase a hunting license and hunt under the supervision of a licensed hunter, 21 years of age or older.

Licenses and permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, at MyFWC.com/license or by telephone at 888-486-8356. A no-cost Migratory Bird Permit is available when purchasing a hunting license. Any waterfowl hunter 16 years of age or older must possess a federal duck stamp; available where hunting licenses are sold, at most post offices or at DuckStamp.com External Website.

Quota Permit Information:

Archery-only Area - 150, no-cost, daily quota permits, available first-come, first-served at the check station, each day of the season.
Muzzleloading Gun - 200, no-cost, quota permits for each of 2 hunts.
Supervised Youth - 40, no-cost, youth hunt quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 2 hunts.
General Gun Still Area 1 (first 9 days) - 200, no-cost, quota permits for each of 2 hunts.
General Gun Still Area 2 (first 9 days) - 200, no-cost, quota permits for each of 2 hunts.
General Gun Still Area 1 (after first 9 days) - 200, no-cost, daily quota permits, available first-come, first-served each day, at the check station.
General Gun Still Area 2 (after first 9 days) - 200, no-cost, daily quota permits, available first-come, first-served each day, at the check station.
General Gun Dog - 320, no cost quota permits for each of 2 hunts.
Youth Turkey - 35, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions).
Spring Turkey - 35, no-cost, quota permits for each of 2 hunts.

Permit applications: Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota and special-opportunity permits through the Commission’s Recreational License Issuance Services (RLIS). Worksheets listing hunts, application periods, deadlines and instructions are available at county tax collector’s offices, FWC offices or MyFWC.com. Quota application periods occur throughout the year beginning April 1; please refer to the hunting handbook or MyFWC.com for specific dates. Worksheets will be available about 2 weeks prior to each application period.

Guest hunters: For each non-transferable archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, wild hog, spring turkey and mobility-impaired quota permit issued through the Commission’s RLIS, a quota permit holder (host) may take a guest hunter by obtaining a guest permit. Guest hunters are not allowed during supervised youth and youth turkey hunts. A guest hunter must possess a completed guest permit while hunting except the following persons may be a guest hunter without a guest permit: a youth under 16 years of age, a youth supervisor, a mentor license holder or a mentor license supervisor. A host may only bring 1 guest hunter at a time and may only use 1 guest permit per day. The following persons are not considered to be guest hunters: other quota permit holders, non-hunters and exempt hunters (on areas and during seasons that allow exemptions). The host must share the bag limit with the guest hunter and the host is responsible for violations that exceed the bag limit. The guest hunter and host must enter and exit the area together and must share a street-legal vehicle while hunting on the area. The guest hunter may hunt only while the host is on the area and must hunt in the same zone to which the host is assigned. Refer to the quota hunt worksheets for additional information.

Youth and mentor license holders: A youth hunter (less than 16 years of age) must be supervised by a person at least 18 years of age. A mentor license holder must be supervised by a licensed hunter at least 21 years of age. Unless exempt, only those supervisors with proper licenses and permits may hunt. If the supervisor is hunting during any hunt for which quota permits are issued, at least 1 person in the party must be in possession of a quota permit. During a hunt that allows exemptions, a non-exempt supervisor of a youth must have a quota permit to hunt. A non-hunting supervisor is allowed to accompany a youth or mentor license holder during any hunt.

Transfer of permits: Quota and guest permits are not transferable; antlerless deer permits are transferable. A positive form of identification is required when using a non-transferable permit, except for a youth under 16 years of age. The sale or purchase of any quota permit, guest permit or antlerless deer permit is prohibited.

General Area Regulations:

All general laws and regulations relating to wildlife and fish shall apply unless specifically exempted for this area. Hunting or the taking of wildlife or fish on this area shall be allowed only during the open seasons and in accordance with the following regulations.

  1. Any person hunting deer or accompanying another person hunting deer shall wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent-orange material as an outer garment, above the waistline. These provisions are not required when hunting with a bow and arrow during archery season.
  2. Taking of spotted fawn, swimming deer or roosted turkey is prohibited. Species legal to hunt are listed under each season.
  3. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or other food for wildlife on this area.
  4. Driving a metal object into any tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven, is prohibited.
  5. No person shall cut, damage or remove any natural, man-made or cultural resource without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
  6. Taking or attempting to take any game with the aid of live decoys, recorded game calls or sounds, set guns, artificial light, net, trap, snare, drug or poison is prohibited. Recorded calls and sounds can be used to hunt furbearers, wild hog and crows.
  7. The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.
  8. Hunting, fishing or trapping is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as closed to those activities.
  9. People, dogs, vehicles and other recreational equipment are prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Public Access” by FWC administrative action.
  10. Taking or herding wildlife from any motorized vehicle, aircraft or boat, which is under power is prohibited until power, and movement from that power, has ceased.
  11. Most game may be hunted from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset (see exceptions for each season).
  12. The release of any animal is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
  13. The head and evidence of sex may not be removed from the carcass of any deer or turkey on the area.
  14. The planting or introduction of any non-native plant is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
  15. Wild hog may not be transported alive.
  16. A hunting license is not required for the take of wild hog.
  17. Littering is prohibited.
  18. Fires are prohibited.
  19. A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.
  20. Possession or consumption of intoxicating beverages or drugs is prohibited.
  21. Falconers may hunt during the statewide falconry season anytime a management area is open for public access. Falconers are not exempt from quota permits during periods requiring them.

Public Access and Vehicles:

  1. Public access is allowed only during periods open to hunting and only by persons participating in the hunt, except that fishing is allowed on Magnolia and Lowery lakes per Fish Management Area regulations and hiking is allowed on the Florida Trail (see #7 for details). Scouting is prohibited prior to open hunting seasons.
  2. Vehicles may be operated only on named or numbered roads and only during periods open for hunting.
  3. Public access is prohibited in the artillery impact area and areas not open for hunting.
  4. The use of all-terrain vehicles is prohibited.
  5. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  6. No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  7. A marked footpath called the Florida Trail traverses the area. Persons accessing this trail must complete and return a no-cost daily trail permit at a trail entrance kiosk upon entering and leaving the trail.

Hunters and Check Stations:

  1. Hunters must check in at a check station upon entering and check out upon leaving the area and check all game harvested.
  2. Check station hours are 1 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunset during all seasons except spring turkey, when the hours will be 5 a.m. until 1 p.m.
  3. Hunters may access still hunt areas 1 and 2 and the dog hunt area only through FWC check stations 1, 2 or 3.
  4. Access to the still hunt areas may be irregular from December 4 through January 19 due to military training. Call the Camp Blanding hotline (904-214-7533) for information.
  5. Hunting equipment and dogs may be taken into the area 1 hour before sunrise and shall be removed each day of the hunting season by 1 hour after sunset.

Guns:

  1. Hunting on or within 100 feet of Dade, Treat and Impact roads is prohibited.
  2. Hunting at night with a gun is prohibited.
  3. Muzzleloading guns used for taking deer must be .40 caliber or larger, if firing a single bullet, or be 20 gauge or larger if firing 2 or more balls.
  4. Hunting deer with rimfire or non-expanding, full metal jacket (military ball) ammunition is prohibited.
  5. Air guns may be used to hunt gray squirrel and rabbits during any season when these species are legal to hunt, except archery and muzzleloading gun.
  6. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm or air gun must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
  7. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  8. For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, rifles, pistols, bows, crossbows or falconry may be used. Hunting during the spring turkey season with bows, crossbows and firearms other than shotguns or using a shot size larger than #2 is prohibited.
  9. For hunting migratory game, only shotguns, bows, crossbows or falconry may be used. Shotguns shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
  10. Hunting with full automatic or silencer-equipped firearms, centerfire semi-automatic rifles having a magazine capable of holding more than 5 rounds, explosive or drug-injecting devices and set guns is prohibited.
  11. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 FS.

Dogs:

    1. Hunting deer or wild hog with dogs is allowed only in the dog hunt area.
    2. Bird dogs are allowed in still hunt areas 1 and 2 beginning December 11.
    3. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
    4. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.

Camping:

Prohibited.

Bag and Possession Limits:

A guest hunter must share the host’s bag limit. No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.

  1. Deer - Daily limit 2, possession limit 4, except during the supervised youth season when only 1 deer may be taken (either antlered or antlerless) per youth. During archery season, the limit may include any combination of antlered and antlerless deer.
  2. Wild hog - No size or bag limit.
  3. Turkey - Daily limit 1, all fall seasons combined limit 2, spring season limit 2, possession limit 2.
  4. Gray squirrel, quail and rabbit - Daily limit 12, possession limit 24 for each.
  5. Raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk and nutria - No bag limits.
  6. Bobcat and otter - Possession limit 1 unless in possession of a Trapping License.
  7. Migratory birds - See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

Archery Season:

September 24-26, October 1-3 (in still hunt areas only) and November 25 through January 19 (only in the archery-only areas).
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Daily quota permit (if hunting in the archery-only areas), hunting license, management area permit, archery permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), wild turkey permit (if hunting wild turkey), migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
Legal to Hunt - Deer with at least 1 antler having 3 or more points (each point 1-inch or more in length), antlerless deer (which includes does and bucks with antlers less than 5 inches in length, but not spotted fawn), wild hog, turkey of either sex, gray squirrel, quail, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria and migratory birds in season. Bobcat and otter beginning December 1.
Regulations Unique to Archery Season - Hunting with guns or crossbows (except by disabled crossbow permit) is prohibited.
Regulations Unique to Archery-only Areas -

    1. Hunters must check in at check station 1 upon entering and check out upon leaving the area, obtain a daily quota permit number and check all game harvested. These requirements may be completed by telephone (904-529-1045).
    2. Hunters should use the walk-through gate openings when entering the hunt area.
    3. Archery-only areas will be closed on dates scheduled for military exercises.

Muzzleloading Gun Season:

October 8-10 and 15-17 (in still hunt areas only).
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, muzzleloading gun permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), wild turkey permit (if hunting wild turkey) and migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds).
Legal to Hunt - Deer with at least 1 antler having 3 or more points (each point 1-inch or more in length), wild hog, turkey of either sex, gray squirrel, quail, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria and migratory birds in season.
Regulations Unique to Muzzleloading Gun Season - Hunting with archery equipment or guns, other than muzzleloading guns, is prohibited.

Supervised Youth Season:

October 12-13 and 26-27 (specific location to be announced).
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota hunt permit (no exemptions).
Legal to Hunt - Any deer (except spotted fawn) and wild hog.
Regulations Unique to Supervised Youth Hunts -

  1. Only persons younger than 16 years of age, but not younger than 8, may hunt.
  2. Each hunter must be under the supervision and in the presence of an adult not younger than 18 years of age.

General Gun Still Season:

November 25-28, November 29 through December 3 and December 4 through January 19 (in still hunt areas only).
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit (if hunting during the first 2 hunts) or daily quota permit (if hunting during the 3rd hunt), hunting license, management area permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), wild turkey permit (if hunting wild turkey), migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
Legal to Hunt - Deer with at least 1 antler having 3 or more points (each point 1-inch or more in length), antlerless deer by antlerless deer permit only (each antlerless deer permit allows the take of only 1 doe or 1 buck with antlers less than 5 inches in length, but not spotted fawn), wild hog, turkey of either sex (November 27-28, December 2-3 and 4-5 only), gray squirrel, quail, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria and migratory birds in season. Bobcat and otter beginning December 1.

General Gun Dog Season:

November 25 through December 3 and December 21-29 (in the dog hunt area only).
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), wild turkey permit (if hunting wild turkey), migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
Legal to Hunt - Deer with at least 1 antler 5 inches or more in length, wild hog, turkey of either sex (December 1-3 and 27-29 only), gray squirrel, quail, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria and migratory birds in season. Bobcat and otter beginning December 1.

Trapping Season:

December 1 through January 5 (in still hunt areas only).
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Daily quota permit, trapping license and management area permit.
Legal to Trap - Raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, otter and bobcat.

Spring Turkey Season:

Youth Turkey: March 15-16 (specific location to be announced).
Spring Turkey: March 17-23 and April 14-20 (specific location to be announced).
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit and wild turkey permit.
Legal to Hunt - Bearded turkey or gobbler.
Regulations Unique to Spring Turkey Season -

  1. At a minimum, turkey Zone 3 will be open during the first spring turkey hunt (depending on training, Zones 1, 2 and 4 might also be open) and turkey Zone 1 will be open during the second spring turkey hunt (depending on training, Zones 2, 3 and 4 might also be open).
  2. Hunters may not enter the area until 5 a.m. Legal shooting hours begin at ½ hour before sunrise. All hunters must exit the area by 1 p.m.
  3. Hunting with bows, crossbows and firearms other than shotguns or using a shot size larger than #2 is prohibited (including in the archery-only area).
  4. During the youth turkey hunt, only youth under 16 years of age may hunt and must be under the supervision and in the presence of an adult not younger than 18 years of age. Adults with required licenses and permits for taking wild turkeys may participate when in the presence of a youth, but may not harvest a wild turkey.
  5. Hunting with dogs is prohibited.
  6. Each hunter must select a zone upon entering the area. Selection and assignment of Zones 1 and 2 will be made at check station # 3, Zone 3 at check station # 1, and Zone 4 at check station # 2. Each guest hunter must hunt in the same zone as his or her host.
  7. A hunter may only enter the zone to which he or she has been assigned.
  8. Hunting other animals is prohibited.

Migratory Bird Seasons:

Rails, common moorhen, mourning dove, white-winged dove, snipe, ducks, geese, coot, woodcock and crows may be hunted during seasons established by the Commission for these species that coincide with the archery, muzzleloading gun and general gun seasons.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit or daily quota permit (if hunting during any quota period), hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit, and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
Legal to Hunt - See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet.
Regulations Unique to Migratory Bird Seasons - All Migratory Bird Regulations shall apply.

  1. Hunting ducks, geese and coot with lead shot is prohibited.
  2. Hunting with centerfire shotguns during the archery and muzzleloading gun seasons is prohibited.

Fishing:

Allowed only on Lowry and Magnolia Lakes.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Fishing license.
Legal to Take - See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.
Regulations Unique to Fishing - All General Freshwater Fishing Regulations and Fish Management Area regulations shall apply.

  1. Open on Sundays, Mondays and all days that still hunt area 2 is open for hunting.
  2. Frogging is prohibited.

General Information:

  1. Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.
  2. If you have any questions about this material, please call the FWC at 386-758-0525 (TDD 800-955-8771).
  3. FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
  4. Please report the location of any sick or extremely skinny deer to the Chronic Wasting Disease hotline, toll free at 866-293-9282.

Armory Board Rules and Information:

  1. Following the first 9 days of the general gun season, portions of the area may be closed due to military training. Call the Camp Blanding hotline (904-214-7533) for information.
  2. Camp Blanding National Guard regulations limit vehicular speed on the area to 40 MPH, unless posted otherwise.
  3. The Impact Area contains a high concentration of unexploded munitions that may detonate without warning, which could cause injury or death. Any unauthorized personnel found in the artillery range impact area will be prosecuted and, in addition, be barred from Camp Blanding Military Reservation for a period of not less than 10 years.
  4. The use of any Camp Blanding rifle or pistol range for target practice is strictly prohibited. Violations may result in the expulsion of the violator from the Camp Blanding Military Reservation for a period of not less than 10 years.
  5. Access to Magnolia and Lowry Lakes for fishing shall be on Treat Road only, when allowed by Camp Blanding Range Control.
  6. Fish Management Area lakes, or other portions of the area, may be closed during military training activities.

COOPERATION REQUESTED:

If you see law violators or suspicious activities, contact your nearest Commission regional office or call 888-404-FWCC. You may qualify for a cash reward from the Wildlife Alert Reward Association.

The U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: The Office for Human Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240. The project described in this publication is part of a program funded by federal dollars under the Wildlife Restoration Act. Federal funds pay 20 percent of the cost of the program.



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