MWR - Military / Employee Hunting SOP 2018-2019
PERSONS ELIGIBLE TO HUNT -- Current full time Mi-DMVA / FCTC employees with valid ID -- Active/Retired Mi-NG members with valid ID -- Currently serving member of the armed forces with valid ID (Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, Coast Guard)
Eligible hunters above may host their dependants and up to 2 guests. Final approval of the hunter eligibility rests with the current FCTC Post Commander. Hunters must have (1) signed copy of SOP on file with FCTC-DPTMS and (1) on-person in order to go afield.
CHECK IN/OUT PROCEDURE Hunt dates/locations will change according to troop training schedules and it is incumbent upon the hunter to coordinate through FCTC-DPTMS at 269-731-6640 prior to your hunt. A tentative schedule of available training areas and times will be posted on the website: fortcusterhunt.org. (This will change regularly due to training schedule changes so check often)All hunters must check in and out with Range Control / Operations office before going afield and immediately after returning from your hunting area. Hunting will be authorized only during staffed operations hours which are from 0800-1600, Monday through Friday. Weekend hunting will only be authorized if Range Control is manned and NO training is being conducted. This is also during normal duty hours of 0800-1600.
Compliance with these procedures are essential to maintain a safe and responsible hunt. If individuals are found to be out of compliance with this SOP, privileges may be revoked at the discretion of the Post Commander.
HUNTING AREAS Training Areas 1 - 8 (Areas 1 & 2 designated for archery hunting only) There will be no hunting in the north Impact Area (all land north of Territorial Rd. and south of Range Rd.), this dudded impact area is off limits as per Army Regulation 210-21 Army Ranges and Training Land Program. (5-11d).
HUNT DAYS Hunters must coordinate with FCTC-DPTMS to ensure requested hunt days and sites do not in conflict with troop training. Public Hunt Days: The public are able to hunt FCTC through a lottery process with operations run through FCTC-ENV. Anyone wishing to hunt during either the Freedom Hunt or Public Hunt days shall coordinate with FCTC-ENV directly and hunt with accordance of the rules/regulations set forth within the events.
SPECIES Waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit, turkey, coyote, and whitetail deer are authorized species available to hunt during Mi-DNR published seasons and with appropriate licensing. Hunting/Trapping of any other species must receive approval through FCTC-ENV and FCTC-CDR.
EQUIPMENT Dogs may be used for waterfowl hunting as long as they come on post just prior to hunting and leave immediately when finished. Temporary elevated tree stands may be used for deer hunting (no screw-in steps or permanent blinds). Shotgun/Bow/Crossbow/Muzzleloaders are the only approved weapons. No rifles (except muzzleloaders).