Hunting in the Blackwater - Hutton Unit Wildlife Management area, requires a quota permit during archery, muzzleloading gun, mobility-impaired, general gun, hog management, quail and spring turkey. Recreational access is allowed only during non-hunting periods.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says The Hutton Unit encompasses more than 7,500 acres north of Highway 90, five miles east of Milton. Indian Ford Road forms the northern boundary of the unit, which consists of open pinelands interspersed with mature forests.
The FWC manages this unit of the Blackwater State Forest to improve the habitat for bobwhite quail, as well as deer, turkey and other non-game species.
For each of the quail hunts on the Hutton Unit, eight daily quota permits will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the check station on the day of the hunts. Quota permits are also required for muzzleloading gun, archery, and general gun hunts.
Fishing and paddling opportunities are available along the Blackwater River and hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing are permitted on the area. The Florida National Scenic Trail winds through the Hutton Unit and is open to hikers year round. Mourning dove, myrtle warbler, red-tailed hawk, red-headed woodpecker, and Carolina wren are a few of the bird species possible to see in the Hutton Unit, which is a part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.
Gates are open to general vehicular traffic from May 1 to October 1 and to permitted vehicles only the rest of the year. Camping is permitted at designated campsites. Call the Division of Forestry at (850) 957-6140 for campsite locations.