By Tim Turner, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron
/ Published October 04, 2019
COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Fall has officially arrived. As another Mississippi summer comes to an end, in anticipation of the sights, sounds and smells of fall in the South, we welcome the cooler days that are sure to come.
The leaves will soon change to their vivid fall colors, and deer, turkeys, squirrels and birds are stirring as cooler weather approaches. The days will become shorter and the shift between one season to another in Mississippi can become blurred. Chilly mornings will converge into warm afternoons leaving many guessing what to wear. With cooler days in sight, thoughts of many shift to the outdoors and enjoying the nature that surrounds us.
The Magnolia state offers many outdoor opportunities, with fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, cycling, and much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy the outdoors. With a vast number of outdoor recreational opportunities surrounding us, Columbus Air Force Base members and their families won’t have to look far for their next outdoor adventure.
Geographically located in the heart of the south, Columbus AFB is surrounded by fertile agricultural fields, abundant forest, and seemingly endless waterways.
For many in the South, the coming of fall marks the beginning of hunting season. Hunting wildlife is a time honored tradition, passed down from one generation to another. Hunters play a vital role in promoting wildlife conservation, resource management, and as educators to our youth.
As stewards of the land and mentors to the next generation of outdoorsmen, hunters are empowered to safeguard those resources, ensuring sustainability for future generations to enjoy.
Columbus AFB is unique and one of the few Air Force installations that offers recreational hunting opportunities to its members and their families. Set in a rural, agriculturally rich area, with more than 2,000 acres of mixed hardwood and pine forest, Columbus AFB offers the ideal habitat for deer to thrive.
With an abundance of deer, Columbus AFB offers an opportunity for all its members to experience the outdoors and pass along the tradition of hunting in the south.
Deer season on Columbus AFB starts Oct. 1 and ends Jan. 31. Hunting on base is restricted to deer hunting only. The use of high powered rifles for hunting on base is strictly prohibited.
If interested in learning more about hunting on Columbus AFB or hunting in Mississippi, please contact the Columbus AFB Outdoor Recreation or Tim Turner, 14th CES Conservation Manager at 434-2248