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Every time I walk through Blackwater WMA, I run across folks camping -- specifically along the Sandy Forest Road and Big Juniper Creek area. Are there spots to reserve, or is it a first come, first served type deal?

In the same area, I often find people target shooting in the woods. Is that allowed or just tolerated?

Thanks in advance for all of your info.
 

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There are primitive camping areas there.You can’t target practice on a WMA, ask me how I know.I hear people all the time but I found out the hard way.
 

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There are primitive camping areas there.You can’t target practice on a WMA, ask me how I know.I hear people all the time but I found out the hard way.
I'll definitely have to look into the primitive camping spots. Thanks.

As for the shooting, sounds like an interesting story.
 

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Definitely don't go shoot in a clay pit eithier. That'll get you ticket as well and can land you in jail depending whose pit it is

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I had a conversation long ago with a nice FWC officer about this:
The 2019 Florida Statutes
Title XLVI
CRIMES
Chapter 790
WEAPONS AND FIREARMS
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790.33 Field of regulation of firearms and ammunition preempted.—
(1) PREEMPTION.—Except as expressly provided by the State Constitution or general law, the Legislature hereby declares that it is occupying the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, including the purchase, sale, transfer, taxation, manufacture, ownership, possession, storage, and transportation thereof, to the exclusion of all existing and future county, city, town, or municipal ordinances or any administrative regulations or rules adopted by local or state government relating thereto. Any such existing ordinances, rules, or regulations are hereby declared null and void.
(2) POLICY AND INTENT.—
(a) It is the intent of this section to provide uniform firearms laws in the state; to declare all ordinances and regulations null and void which have been enacted by any jurisdictions other than state and federal, which regulate firearms, ammunition, or components thereof; to prohibit the enactment of any future ordinances or regulations relating to firearms, ammunition, or components thereof unless specifically authorized by this section or general law; and to require local jurisdictions to enforce state firearms laws.
(b) It is further the intent of this section to deter and prevent the violation of this section and the violation of rights protected under the constitution and laws of this state related to firearms, ammunition, or components thereof, by the abuse of official authority that occurs when enactments are passed in violation of state law or under color of local or state authority.
(3) PROHIBITIONS; PENALTIES.—
(a) Any person, county, agency, municipality, district, or other entity that violates the Legislature’s occupation of the whole field of regulation of firearms and ammunition, as declared in subsection (1), by enacting or causing to be enforced any local ordinance or administrative rule or regulation impinging upon such exclusive occupation of the field shall be liable as set forth herein.
(b) If any county, city, town, or other local government violates this section, the court shall declare the improper ordinance, regulation, or rule invalid and issue a permanent injunction against the local government prohibiting it from enforcing such ordinance, regulation, or rule. It is no defense that in enacting the ordinance, regulation, or rule the local government was acting in good faith or upon advice of counsel.
(c) If the court determines that a violation was knowing and willful, the court shall assess a civil fine of up to $5,000 against the elected or appointed local government official or officials or administrative agency head under whose jurisdiction the violation occurred.
(d) Except as required by applicable law, public funds may not be used to defend or reimburse the unlawful conduct of any person found to have knowingly and willfully violated this section.
(e) A knowing and willful violation of any provision of this section by a person acting in an official capacity for any entity enacting or causing to be enforced a local ordinance or administrative rule or regulation prohibited under paragraph (a) or otherwise under color of law shall be cause for termination of employment or contract or removal from office by the Governor.
(f) A person or an organization whose membership is adversely affected by any ordinance, regulation, measure, directive, rule, enactment, order, or policy promulgated or caused to be enforced in violation of this section may file suit against any county, agency, municipality, district, or other entity in any court of this state having jurisdiction over any defendant to the suit for declaratory and injunctive relief and for actual damages, as limited herein, caused by the violation. A court shall award the prevailing plaintiff in any such suit:
1. Reasonable attorney’s fees and costs in accordance with the laws of this state, including a contingency fee multiplier, as authorized by law; and
2. The actual damages incurred, but not more than $100,000.
Interest on the sums awarded pursuant to this subsection shall accrue at the legal rate from the date on which suit was filed.
(4) EXCEPTIONS.—This section does not prohibit:
(a) Zoning ordinances that encompass firearms businesses along with other businesses, except that zoning ordinances that are designed for the purpose of restricting or prohibiting the sale, purchase, transfer, or manufacture of firearms or ammunition as a method of regulating firearms or ammunition are in conflict with this subsection and are prohibited;
(b) A duly organized law enforcement agency from enacting and enforcing regulations pertaining to firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories issued to or used by peace officers in the course of their official duties;
(c) Except as provided in s. 790.251, any entity subject to the prohibitions of this section from regulating or prohibiting the carrying of firearms and ammunition by an employee of the entity during and in the course of the employee’s official duties;
(d) A court or administrative law judge from hearing and resolving any case or controversy or issuing any opinion or order on a matter within the jurisdiction of that court or judge; or
(e) The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from regulating the use of firearms or ammunition as a method of taking wildlife and regulating the shooting ranges managed by the commission.
(5) SHORT TITLE.—As created by chapter 87-23, Laws of Florida, this section may be cited as the “Joe Carlucci Uniform Firearms Act.”
History.—ss. 1, 2, 3, 4, ch. 87-23; s. 5, ch. 88-183; s. 1, ch. 2011-109.
 

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No shooting in WMA during closed hunting seasons, unless it is for self protection. Doesn't mean to shoot a snake just because you see one. More like from a bear attack (Hence the word "Attack"), or self defense to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm, maybe from the drunks or wannabe bad asses camping or partying near you?

As for the camping areas, it's always been whoever is first there. And don't expect to get the whole sandbar to yourself just because you pitched a tent. There will be others on it too, sunning and/or swimming or just hanging out drinking or even camping on the opposite end of the sandbar.
If this isn't okay with you, you might camp on a smaller sandbar.
One more pointer, Glass containers are prohibited up that far on blackwater. I believe the no glass ban starts at the Cooper basin entrance, and Northward. Which is above the Navy Boat Docks in Milton.
g/l and be safe
 

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I got stopped (30 years ago) by an FWC officer on Sandy Forrest (use to be Sandy Landing) going to a gal friends house to shoot. Had my rifle in the truck and was dressed coming from church. He asked for my hunting license????? I asked why since it wasn't even hunting season and he said since I had a firearm in a management area, I had to have a hunting license... I did so I was all good, but being a youngster it scared the crap outta me. I really think it was BS and never have heard any such rule/law since...

There are no reserved areas except fer of off Redrock that has a red gate. I can't remember the name but its a nice little spot down on the creek with a fire pit. You gotta go to the forestry office to reserve it and they give you a code to the gate. I don't think it gets alot of use.

If you go camping and wanna come to my place (I live about 20 min from Sandy Forrest) to sight in a rifle before season, hit me up...
 

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I got stopped (30 years ago) by an FWC officer on Sandy Forrest (use to be Sandy Landing) going to a gal friends house to shoot. Had my rifle in the truck and was dressed coming from church. He asked for my hunting license????? I asked why since it wasn't even hunting season and he said since I had a firearm in a management area, I had to have a hunting license... I did so I was all good, but being a youngster it scared the crap outta me. I really think it was BS and never have heard any such rule/law since...

There are no reserved areas except fer of off Redrock that has a red gate. I can't remember the name but its a nice little spot down on the creek with a fire pit. You gotta go to the forestry office to reserve it and they give you a code to the gate. I don't think it gets alot of use.

If you go camping and wanna come to my place (I live about 20 min from Sandy Forrest) to sight in a rifle before season, hit me up...
Ive had em stop and ask me for a license over here for the same thing as many public roads cut through WMA’s, I just tell em im coming from private property heading to private property and they dont need to see it...... I usually try not to be a d$ck, but it seems they are more often than not, its just my little way of being able to be a smart azz back to em with no repercussions....


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