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Where to Hunt on Federal Land: Florida, Georgia, Alabama

Feb 11, 2008
Hunting is a favorite hobby of many enthusiasts. If you are like many other hunters, you are looking for new, unique, and exciting places to hunt. In this article, we will discuss different federal land areas that allow hunting. However, it is important to remember that each state has their own sets of rules and regulations when it comes to hunting on their land. This land is typically designated as a wildlife refuge therefore; there are many laws that protect certain species of animals.

Here in this article, we will cover the areas of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.


The Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1996. On the Southwestern section of Florida, this refuge is located in Naples, Florida. With 35,000 acres of land, this area protects many different wildlife species native to the area. Many of these species include dolphins, sea turtles, osprey, bald eagles, shorebirds, wading birds, and alligators. Each year the refuge sees around 200,000 people hunting, fishing, and viewing the wildlife.
Hunting is permitting for waterfowl during the months of November through January. Because of the warmer climate, many birds migrate to this area in the winter time to experience the warmer temperatures. After winter is over, the birds will return north for the cooler temperatures not in existence in the southern states. The Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge is much more than just a hunting spot, it is also perfect for getting an up close and personal look at wildlife in action.


The Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in Round Oak, Georgia. This area is home to many different species of wildlife. With 6,500 thousand acres of Bond Swamp land, this refuge opened in the year 2000. It is home to many different types of animals such as bald eagles, waterfowl, wild turkey, alligators, black bears, wood ducks, and white-tailed deer.
As with most wildlife refuges, you must follow the rules and regulations as defined by the state of Georgia to hunt. Though allowed in the Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, you must be sure to follow all rules and regulations as set forth by the federal and state government. Contact the Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge or visit their website to determine what rules and regulations apply to you. The Bond Swamp National Wildlife is much more than just a hunting spot, it is also perfect for getting an up close and personal look at wildlife in action.


In Alabama, The Key Cave National Wildlife Reserve provides wildlife enthusiasts and hunters with more than 1,600 acres of land in Decatur, Alabama. There are many different bird species and mammal species within the refuge. You will find a host of native species of animals for viewing or hunting. Be sure to understand which animals can be hunted and which ones are restricted and protected from hunters.

To hunt at the Key Cave National Wildlife Reserve you are required to have a hunting permit, this is issued by the state at various different locations. Aside from the permit, you will also have to have any licenses that are required at the state and federal level. If any stamps and validations are required, you should be sure to have those as well. You should make note that the Alabama law prohibits the use of any handguns or rifles. You may only use non-toxic shots to hunt and lead shots are illegal to possess or use during hunting.
Hunting in every state is different and each state has their own specific rules and regulations. It is important to learn about these before you go hunting so you can be sure to abide and follow all rules and regulations. The internet can be a great sources for determining what is allowed and what is not in each area. Consult with the specific federal parks if you have any questions about their hours of operation, season opening, rules on weaponry, and ammunition.

Most of all, enjoy your time hunting and enjoy the wildlife at the same time. While hunting may be your biggest love, you should take a moment to view all that nature has to offer while at any of these refuges as well. Each one has become a landmark for many different species of wildlife, some endangered and some threatened.
About the Author
Scott peters is an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and Leupold scope dealer. To learn more about Leupold VX II rifle scopes please go to Leupold VX II Scopes.
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