News and Announcements
13 July 2021 -- ATTENTION iSPORTSMAN USERS: Updated USACCoE&FG Reg 420-5 (Click Here) is know available for review. Important changes to note are listed below but the version provided in the link has changes made highlighted within the document.
- Fort Gordon iSportsman Permit Fee Schedule has been restructured to account for upcoming site maintenance costs.
- Veterans and DoD Dependent (Veterans) Customer Types have now been created to account for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2019. These Customer Types are for those veterans and other certain caregivers who qualify for DoD installation expanded access and privileges (Contact Veterans Affairs (VAs) for any questions regarding your eligibility for NDAA expanded privileges that are not answered within this handout). If you are eligible for these expanded privileges you will have hunting and fishing privileges at Fort Gordon. Note: those who fall under "eligible caregivers" will chose our DoD Dependent (Veterans) Customer Type. Users are responsible for providing appropriate proof of customer type upon request. The notes below are from a VAs website post regarding "proof of customer type" and will be used as our current guidance:
- Newly eligible Veterans must show a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) that displays “PURPLE HEART,” “FORMER POW,” or “SERVICE CONNECTED” below the photo on the front of the card; or a Health Eligibility Center Form H623A that states the Veteran has been placed in VA health care priority group 8E, paired with an acceptable credential like a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or a U.S. passport. (DoD installations cannot accept a driver’s license that is not REAL ID-compliant as proof of identity.)
- Newly eligible caregivers must show an eligibility letter from the VA’s Office of Community Care that lists them as the Primary Family Caregiver for an eligible Veteran under the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, paired with an acceptable credential like a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or a U.S. passport. (DoD installations cannot accept a driver’s license that is not REAL ID-compliant as proof of identity.)
- All deer stands, blinds, etc. must be marked with the owners' Fort Gordon iSportsman permit number.
- An unpaved bicycle route is now available to check-in to. It consists of Hugh Camp Road.
01 July 2021 -- REMINDER TO RECREATIONISTS: Riders and walkers signing into to Bicycle Course 3 are reminded to stay on Hugh Camp Rd only. Designated parking areas for this route are the Leitner Lake primitive camping area, the open area between Howard Lake and Big Smoak Lake or parallel parking on Hugh Camp Rd as not to block the flow of traffic. It prohibited to park on dams and to enter adjacent training areas while utilizing Bicycle Course 3.
Total Turkey Harvested: 29
2021 Turkey Harvest Record (As of 17 May 2021)
2021 Turkey Season Hunting dates are March 20 - May 15. The installations harvest limit differed from the states this season. There was a 2 Gobbler Limit on the installation this season.
Attention SAIA Hunters: Click here to see attached map showing SAIA-C expanded Off Limits/Dud Area.
ALL iSportsman PERMIT HOLDERS: Pay attention to pond/lake, TA, and all Ft Gordon Management Area signage in regards to areas being Open or Closed (i.e. lakes and ponds) or any additional signs posted that may indicate temporary closures, restrictions, etc. These signs will take precedence over iSportsman Open/Closed Areas indications. Make sure you are familiar with all State of Georgia and Ft Gordon specific regulations regarding recreation and keeping up with up-to-date hunting and fishing schedules and notes. These resources are all provided on this website.
Fort Gordon Visitors Remenber: Contact Visitors Control Center at 706-791-3071 for updated hours if you are a visitor in need of a visitors pass.
2020-2021 Deer Harvest Totals
Bucks: 172 Antlerless Quota of 100 met 10 Jan 2021.
To see a list of all deer harvested this season click here. As of 11 Jan. 2020 at 0700 hrs.
Sportsman: Due to COVID-19 the 2020 Natural Resources Branch Public Briefing had to be canceled. In lieu of the face-to-face meeting, here is a document that covers most of what the staff would have touched upon in the meeting, Fort Gordon Natural Resources Branch Overview.
Deer Hunters: Small Arms Impact Area Whitetail Deer antler restrictions have been removed. The area is still either sex all season and GA state bag limits apply.
May 16, 2020 -- There were 37 turkeys harvested in the 2020 Fort Gordon turkey season. To see a list of the harvested turkeys click here.
February 12, 2020 -- 2019-2020 Deer Harvest Data Summary
January 12, 2020 -- Deer Hunters: We had another great deer season with the 264 deer harvested (121 does and 143 bucks: Harvest List). If you harvested a buck and did not have it measured by one of our staff, we would love to meet with you and measure your buck. This additional data will help improve our database which will allow us to make better informed management decisions. You can contact a biologist to arrange the measurement of your buck by calling (706)726-0098, (706)840-5022, or (706)791-2397.
August 12, 2019 -- The Natural Resources Branch will be conducting its annual public information meeting on Thursday, 5 September. The meeting will be held in Darling Hall room 188 at 6:30 pm and will cover hunting, fishing, natural resouces management, iSportsman, and regulations related information. All Fort Gordon hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists are welcome and first time users are especially encouraged to attend.
August 8, 2019 -- Attention Hunters: The hunting season updates for the 2019-2020 hunting seasons have been posted. To view these seasons look in the "Regulations and Forms" menu above.
July 1, 2019 -- Attention Public Access Sportsmen: Lottery Entry Tickets for the 2019-2020 Public Access Lottery are on sale now through July 15, 2019. The drawing will be held on July 16, 2019 and entrants will be notified by email about their status. Lottery winners will recieve privileges to purchase a hunting and/or fishing permit for the 2019-2020 season. Those wishing to enter the lottery should ensure their annual safety briefing is up to date, as an expired safety breifing will prevent the purchase of all permits.
June 25, 2019 -- Attention Public Access Sportsmen: Lottery Entry Tickets for the 2019-2020 Public Access Lottery will go on sale July 1, 2019 until July 15, 2019. The drawing will be held on July 16, 2019 and entrants will be notified by email about their status. Lottery winners will recieve privileges to purchase a hunting and/or fishing permit for the 2019-2020 season. Those wishing to enter the lottery should ensure their annual safety briefing is up to date, as an expired safety breifing will prevent the purchase of all permits.
May 27, 2019 -- There will be a Kids Fishing Derby at the Claypit Lakes on Saturday, June 1 starting at 8:00 AM. For more information click here to see the flyer.
May 22, 2019 -- Attention Fishermen: The Fort Gordon Natural Resources Branch will be draining Rachel I Lake tomorrow, 23 May 2019. The draining will start at 0900 hours and continue throughout the day until the lake is fully drained and all fish have been removed. We encourage you to bring your nets and buckets and take home some fish! Bag limits do not apply, but a permit is required.
May 16, 2019 -- There were 31 turkeys harvested in the 2019 Fort Gordon turkey season. To see a list of the harvested turkeys click here.
April 26, 2019 -- Attention Hunters: The data from the 2018-2019 deer season has finally been summarized and the report can be found here.
April 17, 2019 -- Attention Fishermen: The Fort Gordon Natural Resources Branch will be draining Rachel II Lake tomorrow, 18 April 2019. The draining will start at 0800 hours and continue throughout the day until the lake is fully drained and all fish have been removed. We encourage you to bring your nets and buckets and take home some fish! Bag limits do not apply, but a permit is required.
January 26, 2019 -- Fishermen: The annual trout season will open on 2 February. Trout will be stocked in Wilkerson and Whittimore ponds. Wilkerson pond will be open for family fishing only (adults with children) on 2 February, and open to everyone thereafter. The limit is 8 trout per fisherman.
January 15, 2019 -- Deer Hunters: We had a great deer season with the highest harvest we have had in the past 10 years. We also had a record number of trophy bucks taken this season. If you harvested a buck and did not have it measured by one of our staff, we would love to meet with you and measure your buck. This additional data will help improve our database which will allow us to make better informed management decisions. You can contact a biologist to arrange the measurement of your buck by calling (706)726-0098, (706)840-5022, or (706)791-2397.
2018-2019 Deer Harvest Totals (Final)
Does: 115 Antlerless Quota*: 75 of 75
To see a list of all deer harvested this season click here.
*An antlerless deer quota is in effect for training areas 18-49. Each hunter may only harvest two antlerless deer in these areas up until the quota is reached. Once the quota is met we will post an announcement and no more antlerless deer may be harvested for the remainder of the season.
January 5, 2019 -- Attention Deer Hunters: The Antlerless Deer Quota for Training Areas 18-49 has been met. For the remainder of the season only antlered deer may be harvested in Training Areas 18-49. Antlerless deer may still be harvested in the Archery Only and Small Arms Impact Areas (SAIA).
November 7, 2018 -- Attention Deer Hunters: The cooler located at the Game Warden's field office has been repaired and is operational. For access to the cooler during normal duty hours, contact the Natural Resources Branch at 706-726-0098 or 706-791-2397. For access to the cooler during normal duty hours or after hours, contact the Law Enforcement Center at 706-791-4380.
October 1, 2018 --Attention Deer Hunters: The cooler located at the Game Warden's field office will be out of order until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.
July 3, 2018 -- Reminder: All iSportsman users are required to take the Fort Gordon Safety Brief (video and quiz) ANNUALLY. If you cannot check in or purchase permits, please check the expiration of your safety brief validation. You can check this by logging in to your account and selecting "My Account" > "Account Details" > "Validations". The safety brief video and quiz can be found under "My Safety Briefs".
July 3, 2018 -- Attention Public Access Sportsmen: The application period for the 2018-2019 Public Access Lottery is here! You can purchase your lottery entry ticket through your iSportsman account July 1-15. The drawing will be held on July 16. Remember, if you are not an active duty or retired service member, a member of a Reserve or Guard component, a current or retired DoD civilian employee, 100% service-related disabled, or a dependent family member of one of these then you must enter the Public Access Lottery to be able to purchase hunting or fishing permits. For more information see the Public Access page.
June 14, 2018 -- Effective 14 June 2018, a few changes have been made to the Fort Gordon Regulation 420-5 affecting hunting and fishing schedules and permit fees. Fishing is no longer permitted for 24 hours a day. Sportsmen participating in daytime hunting and/or fishing may check in to hunt/fish no earlier than 2 hours before sunrise and must be checked out no later than 2 hours after sunset. Changes to the fee schedule include an increase in price for the Nighttime Hunting Permit ($10) and a new combination 100% Service-Disabled Hunting and Fishing Permit ($5). These changes and more can be found in the updated FG Regulation 420-5 (Hunting, Fishing, Bicycling, and Training Area Recreation Regulation).
May 16, 2018 -- A total of 29 turkeys were harvested during the 2018 season. A list of the turkeys harvested can be found by clicking here.
March 20, 2018 -- All Sportsmen: The iSportsman system is now equipped with a feature that will send users a checkout reminder via text or email 30 minutes prior to the required checkout time. If you wish to receive the reminder by text ensure that you have a correct mobile phone number and text messages enabled in your iSportsman account profile. For those who choose not to enter a mobile phone number or enable text messages the reminder will come in the form of an email to the address you have on file in your iSportsman account profile. As a reminder, it is your resposibility to check out using the iSportsman system upon the completion of your activity as stated in the Fort Gordon Regulation 420-5. Do not wait until you get a reminder or until the mandatory checkout time.
March 19, 2018 -- Deer Hunters: A data summary report for the 2017-2018 deer harvest can be viewed by clicking here.
February 12, 2018 -- Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club will sponsor a Continental Pheasant Hunt on 3 March 2018. The cost is $75 per hunter, but free of charge for participants ages 10 to 15. ALL participants must have a Hunter Education Certificate as well as GA DNR and Fort Gordon hunting permits. Please pre-register by 1 March. For more information call Outdoor Recreation at (706)-791-5078.
January 24, 2018 -- Attention Fishermen: The Fort Gordon Natural Resources Branch has stocked Wilkerson and Whittimore Ponds with trout, and the ponds will open for fishing on 3 February 2018 at 7:00am. Wilkerson Pond will only be open to families (with children) on 3 February 2018 and will open to all fishermen on 4 February 2018. Whittimore Pond is open to all fishermen. Limit = 8
January 22, 2018 -- Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club will sponsor a Continental Pheasant Hunt on 3 February 2018 and 3 March 2018; $75 per hunter. This hunt is free of charge for participants ages 10 to 15. ALL participants must have a Hunter Education Certificate. Please pre-register by 1 February and 1 March. For more information call Outdoor Recreation at (706)-791-5078.
January 17, 2018 -- Click here to see the list of deer harvested so far this season.
January 12, 2018 -- Attention Deer Hunters: The antlerless deer quota for Training Areas 18-49 has been met. For the remainder of the season deer hunting in Training Areas 18-49 is buck only.
December 18, 2017 -- All outdoor recreation activities on Fort Gordon will be CLOSED on MONDAY DECEMBER 25. Outdoor recreation activities will resume back to normal on Tuesday December 26.
November 28, 2017 -- Deer Hunters: The antlerless deer quota for Training Areas 18-49 has been extended for an additional 20 antlerless deer as of 28 November. The results from our fall deer camera survey were positive and indicated a steady population increase in this zone over the past several years allowing us to expand the quota.
November 27, 2017 -- We have created a Photo Gallery where iSportsman users can show off their recent Fort Gordon harvest or catch. If you would like to submit a photo of your harvest or catch please send them to: email@example.com
November 16, 2017 -- Prescribed Fire Map: A map of the proposed prescribed burn areas for 2017-2018 has been posted under "Maps" on the menu above. If you have deer stands/blinds, cameras, or any other personal items in the highlighted areas, please ensure that they are fire-proofed or removed from the area.
November 13, 2017 -- The antlerless deer quota for Training Areas 18-49 has been reached. These areas are now antlered buck only until the end of the season or further notice. Antlerless harvest is still permitted in the Archery only and SAIA zones.
November 8, 2017 -- Deer Hunters: Let us measure and score your buck. If you have harvested a buck this year, no matter how big or small, we would like to measure and score its rack. This will help us continue to build our database of deer harvest data which is a vital part of making deer management decisions. You can bring your rack by the Natural Resources Field Office during normal duty hours or give us a call to make other arrangements. Thanks to those who have already brought in a rack for measurement.
November 8, 2017 -- The regular waterfowl season for ducks and geese begins November 18th. Please remember that no waterfowl hunting is allowed in Training Areas 30 and 34 (Union Mill Pond, Sandy Run Beaver Pond, and Sandy Run Creek). However, during the Youth Waterfowl Days (11 and 12 November) waterfowl hunting will be permitted in these areas for youth hunters. See the GA DNR hunting regulation for more information on age restrictions and adult participation.
October 23, 2017 -- Maps are here! If you would like a new 2017 Hunting and Fishing Resource Map please stop by the Tactical Advantage Sportsman's Complex on Carter road or the Natural Resources Field Office on Forestry road.
October 23, 2017 -- Deer Hunters: After harvesting a deer, do not fill out the electronic harvest information during the iSportsman check out process until you have taken your harvest to one of the check stations and weighed it and pulled a jawbone. Please do not estimate weights. Once you have supplied the requested information about your harvest during the iSportsman check out process, you do not need to submit a paper kill card. For more information concerning deer check requirements click here.
October 19, 2017 -- Deer Hunters: Please remember that all deer harvested during normal duty hours (M-F 0800-1600, excluding federal holidays) must be checked by an installation biologist before you leave the installation. Phone numbers for reaching one of the biologists can be found at each of the Outdoor Rec Information Stations. For more information concerning deer check requirements click here.
October 13, 2017 -- The deer camera population survey has been completed and the pictures will be analyzed in the next few weeks. Check out the Hunting page for a few standout pictures.
October 12, 2017 -- Click here to see the list of deer harvested so far this season.
September 29, 2017 -- Deer Cooler Instructions: The deer cooler at the game warden's complex is operational and can be utilized by hunters if Fort Gordon personnel are available to open the gate and cooler. To access the cooler, call 706-791-4380 (MP Desk) to reach a game warden. If a game warden is available they can meet you at the cooler and log in your deer. If you wish to access the cooler during normal duty hours (M-F; 07:30-16:00) then you can contact the Natural Resources Branch at 706-726-0098 or 706-840-5022.
September 15, 2017 -- The next Kids' Fishing Derby and Shooting Day will be held on Saturday, 23 September, 2017 at the Clay Pit Ponds and Range 14. This event is open to the public and free for kids (15 and under). For more information, visit the Fort Gordon MWR webpage: https://www.fortgordon.com/event/kids-fishing-derby-shooting-day-2017/
September 5, 2017 -- Reminder: All iSportsman users, please remember to check out and report any game harvested as soon as you are finished with your activity. Failure to check out may result in a citation and/or account suspension. Also, all participants (participating guests) must check in under a sponsor, but must check out using their own account.
September 5, 2017-- If you plan to hunt or fish this fall but haven't yet transitioned to the iSportsman system please do so as soon as possible. iSportsman help is only available during duty hours (M-F, 0800-1600 hrs). Hunters with valid permits issued by the TASC will need transition permits to be able to use the iSportsman system to check in/out for hunting or fishing. Please see the FAQ page for information on how to register and obtain your transition permits.
August 30, 2017 -- The updated Hunting, Fishing, and Training Area Recreation Regulation (USACCoE&FG Reg 420-5) has been uploaded to the site. Go to the "Regulations and Forms" menu above to view or download your copy of the regulation.
August 21, 2017 -- If you are interested in learning about our Natural Resources program, please attend our annual public briefing on 24 August at 6:00 pm in Darling Hall, Room 188. We will discuss natural resource management, hunting and fishing information, recent changes to the 420-5 regulation, and the new iSportsman system. DES personnel will be present to brief and answer questions regarding game wardens.
August 14, 2017 -- As of August 9, 2017 the updated FG Regulation 420-5 (Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation Regulation) has been approved and signed by the Garrison Commander. However, we are currently waiting on it to be published and printed. As soon as we have a published version we will post it to this site and have printed hard copies available. In the interim, you can call 706-791-2397 or 706-791-6135 with any questions about the updated regulation.
August 10, 2017 -- The 2017-2018 Hunting Seasons are now posted. You can view these by going to the Regulations and Forms link on the blue bar above.
August 9, 2017 -- We will have 2 informational public meetings this month. If you would like more detailed information about the new iSportsman system, please attend our meeting on 16 August. If you are interested in learning about our Natural Resources program, please attend our meeting on 24 August. DES will be present at both meetings to brief and answer questions regarding game wardens.
August 16, 2017 @ 4:30pm -- Darling Hall, Room 188
August 24, 2017 @ 6:00pm -- Darling Hall, Room 188
(iSportsman and Natural Resources Annual Brief)
TA 48 and 49 update -- TA 49 will be closed until at least 5 Sept 2017. TA 48 will open 15 August 2017.
August 1, 2017 -- All check-in/out for Fort Gordon outdoor recreation activities will go through the iSportsman system. The Control Access Log Stations will no longer be used for check in/out. Users may check in/out on the iSportsman website using a computer/smartphone or telephonically by calling (855) 252-6110.
All users must create a profile and acquire permits in the iSportsman system BEFORE participating in outdoor recreation. The TASC will no longer sell permits. If you are a current permit holder, we will award you a transition permit in the iSportsman system AFTER you have registered and created a profile. Please visit the FAQ page and see "I still have a current Fort Gordon hunting or fishing permit. Do I have to buy a new permit in iSportsman? Can I check-in to iSportsman with my current license?" for further instructions.
July 20, 2017 -- Fort Gordon's iSportsman system is now open for all permit sales and for checking in and out for all outdoor recreation activities. We have also started awarding transition permits for current permit holders with valid permits. Please visit the FAQ page and see "I still have a current Fort Gordon hunting or fishing permit. Do I have to buy a new permit in iSportsman? Can I check-in to iSportsman with my current license?" for further instructions.
July 19, 2017 -- Today is the last day to enter the Public Access lottery! We will run the drawing on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Winners will be notified by email with further instructions on how to purchase their Fort Gordon hunting and/or fishing permits.
July 7, 2017 -- We will have 3 informational public meetings focusing on iSportsman. If you would like more detailed information about the new iSportsman system, please attend one of the following meetings...
July 20, 2017 @ 6:30pm -- Tactical Advantage Sportsman Complex (on Carter Rd) Building #445
August 16, 2017 @ 4:30pm -- Darling Hall, Room 188
August 24, 2017 @ 6:00pm -- Darling Hall, Room 188
July 1, 2017 -- The application period for the 2017-2018 Public Access Lottery is now open! All public access users can find information about how to apply for the lottery by clicking "Public Access" then "Lottery" on the blue bar above. New this year... all base support contractors and non-DoD Government civilians/retirees must also enter the lottery to be eligible to purchase Fort Gordon hunting or fishing permits. Also, all individuals must enter the lottery separately; dependents of lottery winners will not be eligible to purchase a permit unless they have entered/won the lottery or are under the age of 18.
**Active/retired Armed Forces personnel (and dependents), active/retired DOD civilian employees (and dependents), and members of the Army/Air National Guard and Drilling Reservists (and dependents) are still eligible to purchase hunting and fishing permits when they become available and do not need to enter the public access lottery.
June 29, 2017 -- We will begin selling permits, awarding transition permits, and utilizing the online checkin/out features on iSportsman starting on July 20, 2017. On August 1, 2017, we will move entirely to iSportsman, permit sales at the TASC will cease, and check in/out at Control Access Log Stations will cease.
If you have a current Fort Gordon hunting or fishing permit, you must contact the NRB (on or after July 20) to receive your transition permit in iSportsman. Please visit the FAQ page and see "I still have a current Fort Gordon hunting or fishing permit. Do I have to buy a new permit in iSportsman? Can I check-in to iSportsman with my current license?" for further instructions.
We will also have an iSportsman Training and Q&A on July 20, 2017 at the Sportsman's Club (TASC) at 6:00pm. Other trainings will be held in August (dates and times TBD).
June 28, 2017 -- All individuals who wish to recreate or harvest forest products on Fort Gordon must complete a safety brief and quiz. After you register and create your account, click the "My Safety Briefs" tab on the blue menu bar. Follow the instructions, view the safety brief video, and complete the quiz. You will not be able to purchase permits (when they become available) if you have not completed the safety brief.
June 26, 2017 -- Registration is now open!
Fort Gordon sportsmen may now begin accessing the iSportsman site in order to build their profile (register). You can start this process by clicking on "Log in/Register" on the blue bar above. Detailed instructions and a step-by-step tutorial can also be found on the FAQ page under "How do I register with iSportsman?"
Permit sales and check in/out functions are not available at this time, but will be coming soon.
Public Access Users -- The 2017-2018 Public Access Lottery application period is set for July 1-19. For details on lottery entry, view our "Public Access Info" page (from the blue menu above).
June 8, 2017 -- Fort Gordon Base Support Contractor Employees -- Once the iSportsman site is fully functional and the updated Hunting and Fishing regulation has been approved you will no longer be able to purchase hunting and fishing permits as an authorized user. You will be required to enter the Public Access Lottery and will be considered a public user. The lottery drawing for 2017-2018 hunting and fishing permits will take place on July 20, with a July 1-19 application period. Please check back to this site in late June for details.
June 8, 2017 -- Public Access Users-- Once the iSportsman site is fully functional and the updated Hunting and Fishing regulation has been approved, adult family members (18 and older) of lottery winners will no longer be allowed to purchase permits under the winner. Each adult family member needs to enter the lottery individually. The lottery drawing for 2017-2018 hunting and fishing pemits will take place on July 20, with a July 1-19 application period. Please check back to this site in late June for details.