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Deer hunting auxiliary check stations announced

News Release

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces 11 auxiliary check stations for hunters to use to check the deer and turkey they harvest during the upcoming hunting seasons on Ocala Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Gores Landing Unit of the Ocklawaha River WMA.

Hunters are required to check all deer and turkey harvested from the 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 in Salt Springs;
  • Country Store in Altoona;
  • Lake Feed and Farm in Umatilla;
  • Forest Hills Grocery in Forest Hills;
  • J & S Cowart Bait, Tackle, Etc. in Eureka;
  • Ocklawaha River Country Store in Hog Valley;
  • Wiggler's Bait and Tackle in Lynne;
  • South Moon Fish Camp in Astor;
  • All American Deli and Country Store in Altoona;
  • Astor Arms and Outdoor Supplies in Astor; and
  • Scrambletown Country Store in Scrambletown.

Hunters using Gores Landing Unit are not required to check their deer, but the FWC asks that they do. They can check them in any of the 11 check stations listed, but most convenient to the Gores Landing Unit is J & S Cowart Bait, Tackle, Etc. in Eureka.

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 is the number of deer taken, general physical condition and weight.

Below is a list of check stations with names, addresses and phone numbers. 

Advantage Sports Center
13426 NE Highway 19
Salt Springs, FL 32134
Jim Ketchie/Bruce Carroll
352-685-2277

J & S Cowart Bait, Tackle, Etc.
14939 E. Highway 316
(In Eureka, just west of bridge)
Fort McCoy, FL 32134
Linn Cowart
352-236-3145

Ocklawaha River Country Store
20250 NE 160th Ave. Road
(Hog Valley)
Fort McCoy, FL 32134
Evelyn Knowles, Owner
352-546-3880 

Wiggler's Bait and Tackle
14499 E. Highway 40
Silver Springs, FL 34488
Charles Melton
352-625-1156

All American Deli and Country Store
24710 SE Highway 42
(1.5 miles east of intersection
of Forest Road 588 and SR 42)
Altoona, FL 32702
Jim and Penny Scarmardo
352-669-5055 

Astor Arms and Outdoor Supplies
24401 State Road 40
Astor, FL 32102
Judith Raymond/Paula Jolley
352-759-2016

Country Store
47433 Panther Road
(Off County Road 445)
Altoona, FL 32702
Mohammed Chowdhury, Owner
352-669-7549

Lake Feed and Farm
610 N. Central Ave. (on SR 19)
Umatilla, FL 32784
Wayne Wells, Owner
352-669-2013

Forest Hills Grocery
31446 C.R. 42
Deland, FL 32720
Mohammed Chowdhury
352-669-7143

South Moon Fish Camp
1977 S. Moon Road
Astor, FL 32102
Kerry McPherson
386-749-2383

Scrambletown Country Store
15480 NE C.R. 314
Silver Springs, FL 34488
Kevin Tannehill, Manager
352-625-9300



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