Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

State Plans Cecil Property Hunts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

State Plans Cecil Property Hunts

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Byline: Joe Julavits, Times-Union outdoors editor

The state Division of Forestry will conduct four small hunts this season on 5,100 acres of the former Cecil Field property in West Jacksonville, an area that hasn't been hunted for several years.

The hunts -- archery, muzzleloading gun, mobility-impaired and spring turkey -- will take place in the Yellow Water Unit of the Cecil Commerce Center north of Normandy Boulevard. The Division of Forestry, which manages forest resources at the center for the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Airport Authority, was asked to develop a public hunting plan.

"We think it has the potential to be a nice hunt, and our plans are to expand it in later years," said Bruce Hill, district manager for the Division of Forestry's Jacksonville District. "The area has some darn nice turkeys on it."

The archery (Oct. 11-13), muzzleloading gun (Nov. 1-3) and mobility-impaired (Dec. 6-8) hunts will each require a $50 permit, with each hunt limited to 25 participants. …

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