From Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
-- This fall's first archery hunt on Camp Blanding, as well as the general gun still hunt and the archery-only area hunts, have been rescheduled.
Military training in the hunting area prompted moving the first archery hunt to Sept. 25-28. The original dates were Sept. 23-25.
"We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause hunters," said Jim Garrison, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist at Camp Blanding. "However, the military needed September 23 and 24 for training."
The personnel at Camp Blanding have been working with the FWC to come up with a solution and have offered to extend the hunt from a three-day hunt to a four-day hunt, Garrison said.
For Sept. 25-28, both still hunt areas 1 and 2 will be open, but there will be some parts of still hunt area 2 closed. There were 350 permits issued for the first archery hunt on Camp Blanding, and the FWC is making every effort to alert the hunters to the change.
"We are sending a letter to all permit holders explaining the date change," Garrison said. "We are putting information about the change on our website as well and sending information to the local media. We're also asking that hunters talk to one another and keep each other informed."
Hunters with questions can call the FWC regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.
"The second archery hunt, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 2, has not changed. The muzzleloading gun hunt, scheduled for Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 14-16, has not changed either," Garrison said.
The supervised youth hunts from Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 25-26 remain the same, as does the general gun dog hunt, scheduled from Nov. 22-30 and Dec. 20-28.
"Two other hunts on the area have also changed," Garrison said. "The general gun still hunt season will now be from Nov. 22-30 and from Dec. 20 to Jan. 1 on both still hunt areas 1 and 2."
The area will be closed Dec. 1-19 and Jan. 2-18.
The archery-only area hunts have also changed to Nov. 22-30 and Dec. 20 - Jan. 1 on archery zones A, B, C, D, E and F. The area will be closed Dec. 1-19 and Jan. 2-18.
"Again, the reason for the change to these two hunts was scheduled military training," Garrison said. "All the dates are subject to change, so we suggest hunters call the Camp Blanding hunter hotline for up-to-the-minute information."
The hotline number is 904-291-9912.