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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.

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