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Hutton Unit open to dove hunting

News Release

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Media contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is opening the Blackwater River State Forest Hutton Unit to dove hunting Oct. 6-7 and Oct. 13-14.

FWC staff say 12 fields ranging in size from two to seven acres are ready for hunting. The fields, which total 46 acres, are planted in brown-top, pearl and dove proso millet.

A maximum of 30 no-cost quota permits will be issued each day of hunting at the check station on a first-come, first-served basis. Each permit allows the quota permit holder and a youth under 16 years of age to participate in the hunt and for each to take a bag limit of 15 mourning and white-winged doves. A non-hunting guest can also accompany each permitted hunter.

Scouting will be allowed the Friday before each hunt. Shooting hours are from noon to sunset.

In addition to regular license requirements, a wildlife management area permit is required for Florida residents 16-64 years of age.

The Hutton Unit is located midway between Milton and Holt and north of Highway 90.

FWC Facts:
The FWC is lead manager or landowner on about 1.1 million acres of Florida's Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system. More than 5.8 million acres of land are open for public hunting.

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