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Ready, set … hunt

By Nathan L. Hanks Jr. | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | September 10, 2015


Many Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany hunting enthusiasts long for the start of the deer bow-hunting season.

For some, hunting is a vacation, but to others it’s a passion and a chance to pass on a family tradition.

Saturday will end that long wait as more than 50 Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany registered deer bow-hunters take to their tree stands aboard the base for the opening day of deer bow-hunting season.

These hunters attended mandatory hunter safety briefs and proved their skills through a qualification process.

According to Julie Robbins, natural resources manager, Environmental Branch, Installation and Environment Division, MCLB Albany, the base hunting program prevents the deer population from surpassing the capacity of its environment.

Robbins said deer harvest is set based on population estimates obtained by camera and spotlight surveys.

As the anticipation of harvesting the “big one” builds, hunters are reminded there is no requirement to harvest a doe first during the season, which is scheduled to end Jan. 10, 2016, according to Robbins.

“Hunters can harvest one buck and one doe to begin with,” Robbins said.

She noted adjustments to the individual deer quotas may be made mid-season depending on how many are harvested.

Hunters should follow regulations

Robbins said antler requirements must include an 18-inch main beam or 15-inch inside spread for bucks. 

“The 15-inch inside spread usually translates into antlers that are outside of the deer’s ears,” she said. “This will protect most 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 year-old bucks from being harvested and improve the age structure of the deer herd.”

Al Belanger, game warden, Environmental Branch, said hunters must check in at Building 5643 before entering and after exiting the woods.

Bow hunters cannot check in any earlier than two hours prior to sunrise and must check out no later than one hour after sunset, he said.

The game warden emphasized all hunters must read the log book at the Game Warden’s Office before entering the woods for any changes or updates.

All hunters must display the vehicle information sheet on the dash while hunting, he added.

 “It is mandatory that all hunters wear a full-body safety harness while in a tree stand,” Belanger said. “Hunters will receive suspensions if caught hunting without their safety harnesses.”

Additionally, hunters must fill out their deer harvest records properly prior to moving harvested deer.

“Once at the Game Warden’s Office, hunters must weigh, photograph and record basic biological information on harvested deer to help us improve our knowledge about the age, structure and physical condition of the deer herd aboard the base,” Belanger said.

Certain personnel may hunt aboard base

Hunters allowed to hunt aboard the installation include active-duty service members, retirees and civil service personnel and their family members.

Only active-duty or retired service members can bring guests. Sponsored guests pay their sponsor’s rate for each seven consecutive days of hunting.

Payment must be made in advance and Robbins or Belanger must be notified by email along with how long the guests will be here after hours and weekends.

To hunt on MCLB Albany, per Base Order 1720.17R and Base Bulletin 1720, all bow hunters must pass the National Bow Hunters Education Foundation safety course and the base hunter’s qualification course.

All hunters are required to possess a base hunting permit and a valid Georgia hunter’s license, according to Belanger.

He said there are about 1,200 acres of land available for hunting aboard the base.

For more information, call 229-639-9946.