Military Bases Reopen to Hunters
Four of Florida's military bases that closed their gates to hunters in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have reopened at least part of their facilities to hunters.
Eglin Air Force Base, near Ft. Walton Beach, is again selling permits to hunt on most of its land. Interested hunters should contact Eglin's Jackson Guard office at (850) 882-4164 for more information.
Tyndall Air Force Base, near Panama City, also has authorized hunting on the base's east hunt unit. Non-Department of Defense hunters can purchase permits at the Information and Tours office at the foot of Dupont Bridge. Others can purchase permits from the Natural Resources Building, No.1260. For more information, call (850) 283-2641.
Camp Blanding, the Florida National Guard installation at Starke, has reopened the north range. The area is north of SR 16 (also known as the still hunt area) and includes Archery Areas A, B and F. Camp Blanding has a daily quota of 400 hunters. Archery areas offer 85 permits. Daily quota permits are available at the check station on a first-come, first-served basis.
Avon Park Bombing Range, at Avon Park, is open to hunters off and on. To find out when it is open, hunters should call (863) 452-4254.