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Hunting on Florida WMAs? Planning on using a tree stand? Want to follow the regulations?

From the regulations handbook for the Apalachicola Wildlife Management Area:

“HUNTERS AND CHECK STATIONS: 1. Hunting equipment and 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.”

This rule holds for all Florida Wildlife Management Areas where tree stands are allowed, according to Tony Young, the FWC media relations coordinator for the division of hunting. Apalachicola WMA is the least restrictive of the WMAs, Young adds.

Young also stresses that, “We strongly encourage anyone, hunter or not, who wants to go onto one of these WMAs to thoroughly read all of the information on the regulations for that area first. All these regulations brochures are available on our website at” You are also not allowed to drive any spikes or nails into any trees on any WMAs when putting up stands.

FS member troutduck, preparing for a hunt, has already found a number of tree stands on the hunting grounds well in advance of the start of the season and he's posted his question on the regulations on the FS Forum. How do you cope with this kind of competition on public hunting lands?

Here's the link to the thread where you can share your views and your experiences:

Here's a link to the regulations brochure for the Apalachicola WMA, one of the least restrictive of Florida's WMAs:

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