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Betsy Purdum
Pine forest

This small unit (1,420 acres) of the Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area in Liberty County is bordered by the Ochlockonee River to the east and south and Highway 20 to the north. The area is part of the Apalachicola National Forest and consists mainly of bottomland hardwoods, swamps, drains, and uplands pine (predominately pine plantations). Most of the area is pinelands with some oaks along the Ochlockonee River. Quota hunt permits are required except during small game season. Hog Management Dog Hunts and Hog Management Still Hunts take place on select weekends during May - September and require a quota hunt permit.  See list below for links to regulations brochure.  Outside of hunting season, hiking, biking, and horseback riding are permitted.  Biking is allowed only on Forest Road 194. Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when horseback riding on public lands.  For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law PDF.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands. Wildlife that can be seen include white-tailed deer, turkey, osprey, wood ducks, and great blue herons.  Pittman Creek, Forest Road 194, and a network of foot trails traverse the area. The Ochlockonee River is popular with paddlers and anglers. Camping is prohibited on this area. Kitchen stoves, refrigerators and freezers (unless contained in mobile campers) lumber, sheet metal or other building materials or permanent improvements are not allowed by the Water Management District.  Also see the Apalachicola WMA Web site for complete information on the area.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
  • Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting with dogs, other than bird dogs or retrievers, is prohibited, except during the wild hog-dog season. During the wild hog-dog season, no more than 3 free-running dogs per quoata permit may be used. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.



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