Photo by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot
Ellery Davis, 5, and Leonard Newman, paddle a watercraft, Aug. 1, at Holbrook Pond on Fort Stewart during the Outdoor Recreation open house.
Hundreds gather at vast outdoor space to celebrate Fort Stewart’s outdoors
Outdoor enthusiasts from across southeast Georgia gathered at Fort Stewart’s Holbrook Pond Aug. 1 to see all the recreational activities the installation has to offer.
The event was host by the installation’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation.
More than 300 people gathered at socially distant intervals across the vast outdoor space to learn how to participate in outdoor recreation. The big draw was the lottery for 29 alligator hunting tags—a first at Fort Stewart.
Susan Chipple, DFMWR’s recreation division chief, said more than 450 people signed up for a chance to win an alligator tag. Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources was instrumental in making the alligator hunting season possible on Fort Stewart.
“Today’s event was designed around the upcoming first ever alligator hunting season,” Chipple said. “We decided to take that event and showcase what outdoor recreation has to offer, not only to the Soldiers and Families, but to the general public.”
Outdoor facilities open to the public include skeet shooting, the rifle range, the archery range and paint ball.
Equipment checkout, like boats and kayaks, are restricted to DoD ID cardholders only, Chipple said.
The outdoor recreation open house also featured information displays by Fort Stewart’s Directorate of Public Work’s Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, and Environmental branches, and Directorate of Emergency Service’s Conservation Law Enforcement.
The law enforcement display included information on how to properly hunt, fish and boat in the installation’s outdoors. It also featured a robotic turkey and deer—controlled by the game warden—used to catch poachers and out-of-season hunters.
The environmental exhibits included an opportunity to go out on the pond with a shock boat to catch fish. The installation’s biologists use the boat to stun and scoop up fish for population studies. Once counted, the fish are released, unharmed.
For information on what Fort Stewart’s great outdoors have to offer, visit stewarthunter.armymwr.com/categories/outdoor-recreation.