Welcome to the Fort Jackson

iSportsman System



Hunters are reminded that you must check area closures in addition to Turkey Area availablity. Even if a Turkey Area is open, individual Training Areas within it may be closed. You are prohibited from entering these closed areas. Also, we would like to remind everyone that if you are hunting with another hunter or hunt party, all hunters in the group must be checked in to the same area. You may not hunt in one area while being reserved or checked in to another area to "hold" that area.


We have been informed that on 31 August 2023, current retired civilian ID cards will expire. In addition these cards are no longer being issued. From this date forward, retired civilian employees wishing to access Fort Jackson for hunting or fishing will need to visit the VCC, located on Strom Thurmond at Gate 2, in order to be issued an annual pass. 


ATTENTION: All hunters and fishermen must read and understand FJ Regulation 28-4 prior to checking in to hunt, scout, or fish. This regulation can be found at the Regulations link above.


Fort Jackson Hunting Season


ATTENTION: Anglers may now check in to fish Inchon Lake, (formerly Semmes Lake), through iSportsman. Please be aware that while some water remained after the dam breach and some fish remained, the pond is also currently being restocked with figerling fish. This pond will not be available for night fishing check in.



ATTENTION: Hunters must park in the hunting areas they are checked in to and must park so not to block firebreaks, roads, or gates.





Gate 5 (Semme's/Leesburg Rd) is only open from 0600-0800 and 1600-1800 Monday-Friday.


Who is authorized to hunt and fish on Fort Jackson?

Fort Jackson fishing and hunting permit sales and access is restricted to the following groups of individuals:  Active duty personnel, military retirees, current and retired DOD civilian employees, reservists, National Guard, dependents of the above, DOD contractor employees, technical representatives, and employees of military banking facilities working on Fort Jackson as determined by the Installation Commander.  The general public may only participate as a "Guest" of an above authorized person, or participate in specific hunting and fishing events or programs (ex. managed hunts) as organized and announced by FMWR



Fort Jackson iSportsman

Hunters and Anglers -  The Fort Jackson iSportsman system is where you purchase permits, check training area status, check into and out of hunting areas, ponds, and cycling routes, and report your catch or harvest.  Permits will no longer be sold at MWR's Marion Street Station.  In addition, you will no longer have to sign-in and sign-out at the Big Game Check Station (Heise's Pond).  Only Big Game hunters who successfully harvest a deer or turkey will be required to check their harvest in at the Big Game Check Station.

Cyclists and Runners wishing to ride or run the Range-Area Cycling/Running Routes must register, obtain an iSportsman Cycling/Running Permit, and check-in and out using iSportsman.  See Cycling under Activities above for more information, especially if you are a non-affiliated cyclist.

Fort Jackson iSportsman is a web-based system accessible by computer or smartphone.    Fort Jackson iSportsman is also accessible by telephone to check the availability of areas and ponds, and to check-in and check-out.  Account creation and permit sales cannot be completed by telephone.  To check-in and check-out by phone, call 844-222-9333.  Please keep your mobile phones with you while checked in for all activities, so that you can receive any important text messages sent from iSportsman.

Click here to learn how iSportsman at Ft Jackson works

Click here for the iSportsman User Guide


Guidance and Regulations

With the implementation of iSportsman, there will be numerous changes to the Fort Jackson hunting and fishing regulations and operational procedures.  It is imperative that users develop a working knowledge of the Fort Jackson hunting and fishing regulation (FJ Reg 28-4 ) and guidance found on this website.






In the event iSportsman is not operational for an extended period, Hunters and Anglers are to check in and out at the Big Game Check Station located at Heise's Pond Recreation Area.  Cyclists are to check in and out at Range Operations (Building Number F7905) located at Range 6 on Dixie Road when iSportsman is not operational.

If you fail to check-out at the appropriate time for your activity your account will be placed on administrative hold.  This means you will not be able to sign in for any activity until you have made contact with a conservation law enforcement officer.


Required Safety Briefing for Hunters and Anglers

The Hunter/Angler safety briefing is now online here at iSportsman.  This training is required annually, and you must have a copy of your current certificate on your person at all times while hunting, scouting, or fishing on Fort Jackson. Click the link below to start your briefing.

NOTE: Magnet fishing is prohibited on Fort Jackson.

2023 Online Hunter/Angler Safety Briefing





Follow the 3Rs for Explosives Safety

Because of live-fire training, both past and present, it is possible to encounter munitions while on Fort Jackson.  It is your responsibility to be aware of your surroundings, stay within your assigned areas, avoid off-limits areas, and know the procedures in the event you encounter munitions. No matter what you call it — ammo, explosives, UXO, duds or souvenirs — remember munitions are dangerous and can explode if approached, touched, moved or disturbed. Follow the 3Rs 

Recognize - when you may have encountered a munition and that munitions are dangerous. 
Retreat - do not approach, touch, move, or distrub it but carefully leave the area.

Report - call Range Operations at (803) 751-7171 and advise them of what you saw and the general location.

For more information on 3Rs Explosive Safety, visit 

Download the Fort Jackson Explosives Safety Guide for Hunters.


To see a tutorial on how to register, obtain Fort Jackson permits, and check in/out Click Here




Click here for a .pdf version of the Vehicle Control Card





For non-emergency questions, the Fort Jackson iSportsman Team can be contacted at: usarmy.jackson.imcom-atlantic.mbx.isportsman@army.mil This is no longer an active link.  You must copy and paste the address into the To: line of your email program.


In case of emergency, call 803-751-9111 or 911 and request the Fort Jackson Dispatch.


For questions related to accounts that have been placed on administrative or check-in hold, contact the Fort Jackson Conservation Law enforcement Officers at 803-751-3113.