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Florida Forest Service

 

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Scott Johns

The Blue Springs Unit is one of 14 tracts located in western Hamilton County. These nearly 2,000 acres are covered in sandhills and pine plantations. Bird dog training opportunities are available during November and December, and a free daily permit is required.  This area provides an excellent bobwhite quail hunting opportunity. This is due to the diligent use of growing season prescribed fire by the FWC and DOF. To hunt the area, hunters must apply for a quota permit in the fall to be selected for the hunts which occur in January and February. Miles of marked trail roads provide opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Gopher tortoise, indigo snake, brown-headed nuthatch, turkey, white-tailed deer, and northern bobwhite are some of the wildlife species that can be seen on the area. This area is a site on the Great Florida Birding Trail. 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. One picnic site is located on the area. Camping is allowed during non-hunting periods by landowner permit. Contact the Florida Forest Service at (386) 208-1461 for more information.  Also see Twin Rivers WMA website.

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 with dogs is prohibited, except that bird dogs are allowed during the bird dog training and quail seasons. 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.



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