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photo of hunter and dog
Russell Johnson

The Carr Unit is a small (almost 600 acres) section of the Blackwater State Forest in Santa Rosa County four miles northwest of Holt and Highway 90. The major recreational activity on this area is a special opportunity released-quail hunt. A $100 permit per person allows parties up to four to hunt for pen-raised quail they release. Hunts are scheduled for various days from November through February. On the Carr Unit is the Blackwater Fisheries Research and Development Center. The facility, part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, is a popular spot for viewing wading birds. Camping is prohibited 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. 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.



FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes mate for life, but they will take a new mate after the loss of the original. The pair will return to use and defend the same nesting and wintering territory year after year.

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