Guided big game hunts in Northwest Florida’s Big River Valley January 7- 9, 2010

November 13, 2009

Chipola River by Elam Stoltzfus,
Chipola River by Elam Stoltzfus,

Unique hunting event to support Chamber of Commerce in Calhoun County

On Jan. 7-9, 2010, Calhoun County Chamber is showcasing the Big River Valley area’s natural beauty by hosting a rare opportunity to hunt big game on private lands guided by area landowners.

For thousands of years, Native Americans considered the lands of the Apalachicola River Valley unique – and it still is. Calhoun County overflows with clear springs, creeks, rivers and vast forests which provide an abundance of wild game, fish, mollusk, tupelo honey, maize and a bounty of native fruits and vegetables. The biologically rich Apalachicola River Basin is home to at least 127 rare species of plants and animals and 45 of Florida’s 62 native habitats. These precious natural assets have made Calhoun County a magnet for eco-tourism.

whiteTailDeer3-Day Buck/Hog Package – $700
Hunt Thursday evening, Friday morning, Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening. Potential for Sunday morning hunt pending approval/coordination of guide.  Game Hunters Dinner Friday evening. Continental breakfast Friday and Saturday.  $350 deposit required.

2-Day Buck/Hog Package – $500
Hunt Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday evening. Potential for Sunday morning hunt pending on approval/coordination of guide.  Game Hunters Dinner Friday evening. Continental breakfast Saturday. $250 deposit required.

Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce

About Calhoun County
Nestled between Tallahassee, Florida’s capitol city, and the world’s most beautiful beaches in Panama City, Calhoun County is in the center of everything Northwest Florida has to offer. One hour north of the state’s beautiful Gulf Coast and fast-growing Port St. Joe, Calhoun County is the heart of Florida’s Great Northwest.

• Acceptable kills are one buck, one doe, one hog per package.
• Buck size restrictions apply: Four points or greater on one side, unless owner approves otherwise.
• Bookings are made on a first come, first serve basis. A 50 percent deposit is required to confirm the reservation. The balance is due upon arrival. Credit cards, checks, or money orders are accepted for deposits. Deposits are not re-fundable.  Since the Chamber is a non-profit organization, all purchased hunt packages are tax-deductible.

About the hunt:
The hunting takes place in pine forests, hardwood stands, clear-cuts, or mixed terrain from gun houses located over choice food plots or from stands located on scrapes, rubs, and game trails.

Hunts are in tripods, ladder stands, lock-ons, box stands on the ground and in the air. Some people may hunt from the ground (clear cuts).

Morning hunts are from before daylight to mid-morning, and afternoon hunts are from mid-afternoon until dark. For those who prefer to stay out all day, we can coordinate packed lunches and snacks.

Game Management:
The Big River Valley’s wildlife management program produces an impressive harvest of white-tail deer and hogs on privately owned acres across the county.

One reason for a healthy harvest in the Big River Valley is the year-round management for game. Iron soybeans, corn, wheat, clover, rye and oats are some of the year round cover crops available. Hunting across the whole county gives the opportunity for trophy hunting, as well as hunting for the beginner.

What To Bring:
Hunter orange is required to and from the stand. A solid orange hat is the minimum. All hunters must have a Florida hunting license. License fees are not included. Florida hunting license will available for purchase at registration.

Be sure to watch the weather before you come and be prepared for warm and cold weather. Northwest Florida can offer these two extremes in the same day. You should also be prepared for wet weather. Other than proper clothing you should bring a flashlight, an alarm clock, hunting gear, and ice chests. If you want to use a tree climber, you should bring your own as they are not provided.

Accommodations are available at the Airport Motel, and reservations can be made directly by calling 850/674-8168.  Be sure to mention the Chamber of Commerce for a special rate.  A limited number of RV spaces are also available.

Upon arrival in Calhoun County, make your way to the M & B Train Depot Museum where you will receive a registration bag with details of your hunt.

A Game Hunters Dinner will be held Friday night at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement where you’ll meet your guides, make plans for your hunt, and enjoy a fine Calhoun County meal.

Hunters will meet each morning at a local hunting outfitter for a continental breakfast.

A processing vendor will be available to process your deer or hog and pack it on ice. You will need to bring ice chests for transport.