Eglin recreation permits now available

October 16, 2008

by Jerron Barnett

Eglin Environmental Public Affairs

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Attention all Eglin outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the Fiscal Year 2008 hunting, fishing and recreation permits will go on sale at Jackson Guard Wednesday, beginning at 7 a.m.

Several of the permit’s prices have slightly increased this year, due to increased costs to keep the program running, Justin Johnson, Jackson Guard outdoor recreation program manager, said.

“The prices of the permits have held steady for nearly 15 years, and we want to continue to be a self sufficient outdoor recreation program here,”  Johnson said.

Under the hunter permit type, the Sportsman ($55), General Hunting ($45), Hunting (10-day trip) ($25) and Management Unit 6 ($50) permit prices were increased by $5 respectively. The General Fishing permit price was increased by three dollars to $15. The General Recreation permit price was increased by three dollars to $10 and the Camping permit price was increased by five dollars to $10. All other permit prices remained the same as last year.

Permits for the popular Management Unit 6 will be sold on a first-come, first served basis, Mr. Johnson said. This unit is a preferred area for many Eglin hunters that choose to hunt deer with the aid of dogs. Only 375 permits will be made available in order to regulate hunting pressure.

Mr. Johnson estimates that Jackson Guard will sell more than 15,000 permits in FY08, which should yield approximately $284,590 in revenue. This revenue pays for habitat management efforts, timber stand improvement projects and other operation costs. This revenue also allows Jackson Guard to sponsor public events like the Eglin Youth Fishing Rodeo that was held earlier this year and the annual Youth and Mobility-Impaired hunts.

For more information on Eglin’s outdoor recreation, camping, hunting and fishing permits, please call the Jackson Guard permit sales lobby at 850-882-4165 or 850-882-4166. Jackson Guard is located in Niceville along Highway 85 North.


General Seasons:

Archery –  October 18-November 16  30 days
Dog Training –   November 1-7   7 days
Early Muzzleloading Gun – November 21-23  3 days
General Gun –  November 27-30  4 days
December 20-January 4 16 days
January 24-February 1 9 days

Late Primitive Weapon – February 14-22  9 days
Early Small Game* – November 17-February 22 97 days
*MU 6
Late Small Game January 5-23   19 days
Dove – To be announced
Spring Turkey – March 21-April 26  37 days
Varmint/Predator**– May 15-June 15  31 days
**MU 12 only

Trapping –  December 1-March 1 91 days

Special Opportunity Hunts:

MU 6, 7 & 9 Youth Hunt Weekend – January 10-11
Commander’s Deer/Hog Hunt – January 31-February 1
Mobility Impaired Hunt – February 7-8
Youth Hunt – February 14-15
Special Opportunity Turkey Hunt – April 4-5
April 18-19

    1. I would like to get a permit for horseback riding, but have been told that a Fisherman’s permit which costs a few dollars more lasts a calender year rather than fiscal year. What do you suggest? Thank you. Sheryl

    1. What if I wanted to do some target shooting out on the reserve? Can this be done any time of the year with a General Recreation permit?

    1. I do not believe there is any target shooting areas. However, once you get a recreation permit, Jackson Guard will give you a detailed packet of information explaining all areas and what is permitted and not.

    1. My boys are 10&12 Years old Im trying to find out were I can aply for the youth hunt on feb 14&15th And if & were I can get info on this hunt. This is for eglin airforce base

    1. I had a customer ask a question and I am looking for the answer. He stated that at one time a person could purchase a permit from Jackson Guard in Niceville to go onto the Eglin Reservation and cut firewood. He wants to know if that can still be done.

    1. Yes you can cut firewood. It is $5.00 for a permit for one load. You must go to Jackson Guard, get the permit and tell them where you are going to cut. 850-882-4165 or 850-882-4166
      The $5.00 includes access for the driver of the truck only. Call for details.

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