MWR Hunt Information

Open to active and retired military and state employees - Various seasons

MWR - Military / Employee Hunting SOP 2018-2019

PERSONS ELIGIBLE TO HUNT
-- Current full time Mi-DMVA / FCTC employees with valid ID
-- Active/Retired MiARNG members with valid ID
-- Anyone valid DoD ID

Final approval of the hunter eligibility rests with FCTC Garrison Commander.
Eligible hunters may host up to 2 guests. Guests are to remain with their sponsor at all times. Hunters must have (1) signed copy of SOP on file with FCTC-DPOTS (Range Control) and (1) on-person in order to go afield.

CHECK IN/OUT PROCEDURE
All weapons brought onto Fort Custer must be declared and visually identified at Front Gate. All sportsmen must check in/out with Range Control during normal business hours before going afield and immediately after returning from your hunting area. Outside normal business hours check in/out is at the front gate security post. Hunt dates/locations will change according to troop training schedules and it is incumbent upon the hunter to coordinate through FCTC-DPOTS (Range Control) at 269-282-7875 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).


If you harvest a deer please notify Brian Huggett in the Environmental Office. This is for courtesy and tracking/herd management purposes only. Contact via email: brian.w.huggett.nfg@mail.mil or call 269-282-7878.

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 archery hunting only) ALL SPECIES/ALL SEASONS. There will be no hunting/fishing in the North Impact Area (all land north of Territorial Rd. and South of Range Rd.). This duded 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-DPOTS (Range Control) 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 the dates below must coordinate with FCTC-ENV directly and hunt in accordance of the rules/regulations set forth within each of these public events:
Freedom Hunt: October 19-20
Public Hunt: November 23rd and 24th.

SPECIES
Small game and whitetail deer are authorized species available to hunt during MI-DNR published seasons and with appropriate licensing. Coyote hunting is not authorized. Hunting/Trapping of any other species must receive approval through FCTC-ENV and FCTC-CDR.

EQUIPMENT
Shotgun, bow, crossbow and muzzleloaders are the only approved hunting weapons at Fort Custer Training Center: Rifles are not allowed. Concealed weapons are for personal protection and must be self-declared upon entry to Fort Custer Training Center, they are not to be used for hunting any game species. Access will be denied to any persons transporting weapons not approved for use on Fort Custer. 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). Tree stands and hunting blinds must comply with the 2019 Michigan Hunting Digest (Ground Blinds on Public Land), cannot be placed prior to September 1st, and must be removed no later than January 31st. It is the sportsmen's responsibility to know what they are shooting at, what is both in front and behind their target.