FORT BENNING, Ga., (Aug 7, 2013) -- If you are interested in participating in the 2013-2014 Cantonment Archery Hunt you must meet several requirements.

The program is only open to authorized Fort Benning hunters; no guest hunters are allowed. Review Chapter 3-2b.(1-12) of MCoE Regulation 200-3 if you are unclear as to whether you are an authorized hunter.

Additionally, you must attend a hunter ethics and safety brief, and qualification shoot even if you were an authorized participant in prior years.

All pertinent information, as it pertains to the hunt, will be addressed at the brief. Hunters must attend one of the briefs before showing up for a qualification shoot.

The ethics and safety briefs for this year's hunt will be held on Aug. 15 and 23 from 6-7 p.m. in McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Room E-106, at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at Uchee Creek Archery Range. Don't be late, once the brief starts we will not allow anyone to sign in. You must bring and present your 2013-2014 Fort Benning Hunting and Fishing Access Pass to sign in for the brief.

A flyer with general information about the hunt can be found on the Fort Benning Fish and Wildlife Facebook Page and on our website @ http://www.benning.army.mil/garrison/DPW/EMD/wildlife.htm under the important notices link.

Qualification shoots will be held at Uchee Creek Archery Range from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Aug. 17 and Oct. 5 from 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

In order to successfully qualify each hunter must place two of three broadheads in an 8-inch target at 30 yards while shooting from an elevated platform.

Make sure to get some practice in before the qualification and bring your bow and broadheads with you.

2013-2014 CANTONMENT ARCHERY HUNTING GUIDELINES

GENERAL INFORMATION
Only archery hunting is allowed in the Cantonment Areas, as delineated on the included maps, for deer, feral swine and coyotes IAW MCoE Reg. 200-3.

CANTONMENT AREA ELIGIBILITY
Authorized individuals include personnel who are granted authorized hunter privileges (see Ch 3-2 b. (1-12) of MCoE Regulation 200-3). No hunters with Guest Permits will be allowed to hunt in Cantonment Areas.

ARCHERY QUALIFICATION SHOOT
•All participants must have already attended ethics/safety/information brief.
•Bowhunters must demonstrate proficiency.
•Individual must bring and use own safety strap, bow and broadheads (practice mechanicals OK)
•To qualify, two of three broadhead arrows must hit an eight inch target at 30 yards from elevated platform.
•Only one attempt per archer at each qualification.
•Bowhunters failing to qualify may try again at a later qualification session.
•Each successful qualifier will receive a Cantonment Area Archery Qualification Card/Access Pass.
•CAAQCAP's expire Sept. 1 every year.

ETHICS/SAFETY/INFORMATION BRIEF
•Individuals must present a valid "authorized" hunter Access Pass and Post Hunting Permit to attend brief.
•Hunters must attend safety briefing prior to being eligible to participate in Qualification Shoot.

SCOUTING
•Scouting is allowed only between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. during deer season.
•Hunters must check in through Teltrack to scout.

CHECK IN PROCEDURES
•All hunters will check in using the teltrack automated system and can only check into one area at a time.
•Harvested game must be reported to Teltrack.

TREE STANDS
•All hunters are required to hunt in an elevated portable stand at least 10 feet off the ground. No permanent stands, stalking or ground hunting.
•IAW MCoE Reg. 200-3 stands must be marked and hunters must use a safety strap.
•No screw-in pegs may be used. Other climbing devices (strap-on steps, ladders, and climbing sticks) are allowed.

PARKING
•Parked vehicles cannot impede traffic flow.
•CAAQCAP and Fort Benning hunting and fishing access pass must be visibly displayed through the front windshield of the vehicle.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
•All hunters should be discrete in their presence and are required to vacate the area if other recreational or training activities are ongoing within 200 feet of their hunting location.
•No stand locations are permitted within 200 feet of roads, houses, walking trails, schools including school grounds or other occupied infrastructure.
•Avoid confrontations. Be polite and courteous to non-hunters encountered while afield.
•Hunters should focus on harvesting does and feral swine as the primary mission of this program is herd reduction to minimize hazards and impacts these species have in urban areas.
•Cantonment Hunt Area is nearly 3,500 acres. If a hunter is already in the area you intended to hunt, be courteous and respectful and find another place to hunt. Act in a professional and ethical manner. Any confrontations will result in immediate suspension from the program
•No firearms of any type can be in your possession while afield or in your vehicle while parked in or adjacent to a cantonment hunting area.
•If wounded game leaves the designated cantonment hunting area, contact the Military Police before tracking.
•Any violations of the rules and regulation related to Cantonment hunting or MCoE Reg. 200-3 will result in a minimum 12 month suspension of hunting and fishing privileges and you will not be eligible to participate in the cantonment hunt for a period of three years.

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