Hunters Have New Access to Cary WMA in Florida

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Hunters have a new entrance to the Cary Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for the 2008-09 season as a result of road damage on the area.

Rain from Tropical Storm Fay resulted in severe damage to a section of Basin Road. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials closed the section of Basin Road from 1,000 yards east of No Catch Road to approximately 200 yards west of Salt Box Road. The damaged portions will not be repaired until mid-2009.

Because this closure makes access to the new eastern portion of the area difficult, the Division of Forestry (DOF), cooperating with the FWC, has agreed to allow hunters to enter the Garden Street gate on the east side of the area (which becomes Monticello Road on the WMA).  Hunters may enter through this gate only on the day before each scheduled hunt and on hunt days.

To reach the new entrance from Bryceville:

  • Drive south on U.S. 301 and turn left onto Otis Road,
  • Continue southeast on Otis Road about 2.5 miles to Old Plank Road,
  • Travel east on Old Plank Road for 5.5 miles to Jones Road,
  • Go north on Jones Road for 6 miles to Garden Street,
  • Turn left onto Garden Street and travel west 2 miles to the WMA gate.

“This was obviously an unplanned event, and we appreciate the DOF working with us to quickly provide access for the hunting public,” said John Ault, regional public hunting areas biologist. “This area is new to the WMA this year, and the hunters were looking forward to hunting it.”