Duck-hunting blind on Guana River WMA serves persons with disabilities
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
Persons with disabilities (PWD) have a new opportunity on Guana
River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in St. Johns County: a new
PWD-accessible waterfowl blind that is suitable for duck hunting or
The blind is on Booths Pond and was designed by staff from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Office of
Recreation Services. A paved parking spot with a concrete path
leads to an elevated deck and the heavily camouflaged blind.
"The blind can easily seat four hunters on the benches or at
least two, maybe three hunters in wheelchairs," said Justin
Ellenberger, the FWC's lead biologist on Guana River WMA.
Ellenberger said Booths Pond can be fair to good for duck
hunting, depending on habitat conditions and duck numbers. Ducks
that usually use the pond are teal, wood ducks and wigeon.
Use of the blind is on a first-come, first-served basis, and
hunters who would like to use it will need to obtain a
PWD Duck Blind Qualifying Card. For information about this card
go to MyFWC.com/Hunting and select "Persons with Disabilities."
Guana River WMA is a quota hunt area, but exemptions are
allowed. An exempt hunter could hunt ducks from this new blind
until noon during the general gun deer hunts that coincide with
waterfowl season; they are Nov. 19-20 and Nov. 25-27.
During the small-game hunts, Guana River WMA is first-come,
first-served for 75 hunters. Waterfowl hunts that coincide with the
WMA's small-game hunts are Dec.10-11, Jan. 6-8, Jan. 13-15, Jan.
20-22 and Jan. 27-29.
For more on rules pertaining to Guana
River WMA, go to MyFWC.com/Hunting and select "WMA Brochures"
and then look under "Northeast."