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Old April 23, 2016, 12:08 AM   #1
Jeff White
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Places to hunt near Patrick Air Force Base FL

My middle son Mark is in the Army, presently doing an unaccompanied tour in Korea. He comes back to Ft Riley, KS in August, gets about a week at home the goes to Patrick AFB for a school until December.

He missed hunting last year and he told me he plans on taking his boat, fishing gear, bow, shotgun and rifle and trying to spend his weekends doing some hog and deer hunting.

Is there anyone here from the area or who has hunted the area who can give us some insights to the area?

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Old April 23, 2016, 11:36 AM   #2
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Old April 23, 2016, 12:54 PM   #3
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Hi Jeff. My Dad was stationed at Riley during WWII. They packed out mules to test all kinds of equipment under all kinds of equipment. I used to work out of Canaveral and Orlando. There are several WMA west of Patrick and Merritt Island offers good duck hunting. Check out www.myfwc.com.
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Old April 23, 2016, 03:04 PM   #4
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Thanks guys, I'll send him the link to this thread.
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Old April 23, 2016, 04:20 PM   #5
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Unless he's a duck hunter, he's out of luck over there except for a few special quota hunts on Merritt Island.

If he will have access to a shallow draft boat and motor, he can hog hunt on the St. John's River marshes but that's about it.
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Old April 24, 2016, 10:11 AM   #6
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There is not much real close to Patrick as far as hunting - it's pretty built up around there. There is waterfowl north and south. Down around Palm Bay there is lots of duck hunting but it's hard to get into without an airboat or a boat with a mud motor. There are some WMA's in that part of Florida but the deer population isn't real high and the get pounded pretty good. Lot's of pigs around, however. Hunting without a lease with feeders or dogs is hard.

Lot's of fishing opportunities. Patrick AFB owns the beach that runs along the base and the surf fishing can be pretty good depending on the time of the year. The base MWR used to run surf fishing classes (might still) when I was living down there.
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Old April 24, 2016, 11:06 AM   #7
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On highway 520, a couple of miles west of St Johns river, there is a large wma or some-such. I can't see it on google maps for some reason, but it is there!

Found it: Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area
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