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Open house provides info for hunters, fishers

Anyone preparing for hunting season or interested in fishing or recreation on Fort Benning should attend the Hunting, Fishing and Recreation Open House Aug. 24. Hosted by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the event begins at 5 p.m. and will update and educate the Fort Benning community on hunting, fishing and recreational opportunities and regulations on post. DFMWR will provide free food and refreshments before the meeting gets under way and feature free paintball equipment demonstrations.

“We’ve tried to make it a more enjoyable community event,” said Brittany Beadle of DFMWR’s Outdoor Recreation branch. “We have people from all over come.”

Brent Widener of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Branch will be the main speaker and discuss changes to Maneuver Center of Excellence Regulation 200-3, which lists regulations for Environmental Quality, Hunting, Fishing and Recreation, for the 2011-2012 hunting season. Beadle said it is important for all hunters on Fort Benning to be very familiar with the regulation.

Though the details are unclear, Widener said there is a new regulation regarding privately owned weapons on military installations.

“All that information will be coming out and we’ll be briefing folks on that,” Widener said. “That’ll be a big one. We want to make folks aware that something is coming down the pipe.”

Widener said the open house will benefit hunters new to Fort Benning.

“It’s definitely an opportunity for them to come out and not only find out information about hunting and fishing on Fort Benning, but to talk to other hunters and make contacts,” he said.

Beadle said one of the changes being made to this year’s open house will be the addition of a question-and-answer session after the presentations.

There will be a raffle drawing at the end of the open house, with prizes such as a $700 gift card to Bass Pro Shops or a gun safe valued at $500. Raffle tickets are $2.50 each and can be purchased at Outdoor Rec, located behind Carmike Cinemas on Gillespie Street, Building 1707, and Uchee Creek Country Store on Uchee Creek Road.