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Deer-hunting auxiliary check stations

News Release

Friday, September 03, 2010

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces there will be 10 auxiliary check stations where hunters can check the deer they harvest during the upcoming hunting seasons on Ocala, Fort McCoy and Gores Landing Unit Ocklawaha River wildlife management areas (WMAs).

Hunters are required to check all deer harvested from Ocala WMA at one of the following check stations prior to field-dressing or transporting the carcass out of the hunt area:

Advantage Sports Center
13426 NE Hwy 19
Salt Springs, FL 32134
(closed Mondays)

Astor Arms and Outdoor Supplies
24401 SR 40
Astor, FL  32102

J&S Cowart Bait, Tackle, Etc.
14939 E. Hwy 316
(in Eureka, just west of bridge)
Fort McCoy, FL 32134

Country Store
47433 Panther Rd. (off CR 445)
Altoona, FL 32702

Ocklawaha River Country Store
20250 NE 160th Ave. Rd. (Hog Valley)
Fort McCoy, FL 32134

Lake Farm and Feed
610 North Central Avenue (on SR 19)
Umatilla, FL 32784

Wiggler's Bait and Tackle
14140 E. SR 40
Lynne, FL 34488

Forest Hills Grocery
31446 CR 42
Deland, FL 32720

All American Deli, Pub and C.S.
24710 S.E. CR 42
(1.5 miles east of intersection
of FR 588 and CR 42)
Altoona, FL 32702

South Moon Fish Camp
1977 South Moon Road
Astor, FL 32102

The check station most convenient to Gores Landing Unit is J&S Cowart Bait, Tackle, Etc., in Eureka; the two most convenient to Fort McCoy are J&S Cowart Bait, Tackle, Etc., in Eureka and Advantage Sports Center in Salt Springs.

Hunters using Fort McCoy or Gores Landing Unit Ocklawaha River WMAs are not required to check their deer, but the FWC asks that they do. The data collected at the check stations is valuable to wildlife biologists to help them manage the deer populations in those areas. Of particular interest are the number of deer taken, general physical condition, age and weight.

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