Welcome to the Fort Jackson
Important Information about the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019
Pursuant to the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 certain MWR facilities, commissary, and exchange services were made available to more veterans and their caregivers starting January 1, 2020. These services do not include access to hunting and fishing activities on Fort Jackson.
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
ATTENTION: Hunters must park in the hunting areas they are checked in to, and must park so not to block firebreaks, roads, or gates.
DEER SEASON IS UNDERWAY ON FORT JACKSON
Antlered and antlerless season dates are from September 15th thru January 1st, 2022. Hunters are reminded that the Ft Jackson Antlered and Antlerless deer tags must stay at the game check station until the hunter harvests a deer and transports it back to the check station, then affix the appropriate tag and record all biological data. During all deer hunts, hunters must abide by all regulations and procedures outlined in the Fort Jackson Hunting and Fishing Regulation, FJ 28-4. Please click on the Regulations tab at the top of this page, read, and understand your requirements before heading afield. Need a refresher on how to checkin or make reservations using iSportsman? Click the link below.
ROAD & POND CLOSURE
Cobb's Pond is closed for all recreational use. Cobb's Pond dam failed, and Salem Road at the dam is impassable.
Weston Lake Update
The water level of Weston Lake has been lowered to facilitate work on the dam. During this draw-down period, fishing is allowed from the shoreline only. No boats, kayaks, canoes, etc. are allowed at this time.
Gate 5 (Leesburg Rd) is only open from 0600-0800 and 1600-1800 Monday-Friday.
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.
Cyclist and Runners wishing to ride or run the Range-Area Cycling/Running Routes must register, obtain a 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 smart-phone. 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 works
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 web site.
HUNTERS, ANGLERS, and CYCLISTS
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.
Because of live-fire training, both past and present, it is possible to encounter unexploded ordnance (UXO) while recreating 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 discover UXO. Know the 3Rs of UXO safety listed below. A good rule to follow is: If you didn't drop it, don't pick it up! To report UXO, call Range Operations at 751-7171.