FORTBENNING, Ga. – In 1922, Fort Benning hunting and fishing officials reminded Soldiers that they could only fish with hook and line; killing fish with poison, India berries, guns, grenades or other explosives was prohibited, they said.
In 1938, they expanded on that guidance with more thorough guidelines for hunting and fishing on the installation, or “reservation” as they called it. Of note:
- If you planned to hunt with hounds, you were required to first notify the Provost Marshal.
- No hunting on Sundays.
- “No hunting with firearms oftener than three days a week.”
- Bobcats and foxes were not be molested in specified areas.
- There was a $.25 bounty on the head of each wild domestic cat, considered vermin, and “any loose house cat will be construed as a wild domestic cat if found more than 100 yards from an occupied dwelling.”
The regulations in their entirety are delightful to read. If you’d like a digital copy, let me know. If you’d like a copy of the current regulations for hunting and fishing on Fort Benning, new rules on weapons, or updated hunting and fishing maps, join us for the annual Hunting, Fishing and Recreation Open House from 5-8 p.m. August 24 at the Benning Club’s Supper Club off Morrison Avenue.
This is a free event for the whole family, with an information session, refreshments, door prizes, and free food. It is especially helpful for new residents who may be unfamiliar with regulations on a federal installation with hunting areas and waterways in two states. Please tell your friends and pass along to new Soldiers. For more information, call 706-545-7978.