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Fort Stewart held open house with MWR activities
petting baby gator
Children in line take turns petting a baby gator.. Photo by Lewis Levine

Fort Stewart held an open house sponsored by the installation’s Moral Welfare and Recreation Department. The open house was held on Holbrook Pond this past Saturday and showcased all the army base offers for their military members, their families as well as the civilian population who live nearby.

Several vendors were at the event offering community information as well as educational information on deer hunting, turkey hunting, kayaking and water activities.

Some took advantage of the warm weather to kayak on the pond, and do some fishing. They also held a lottery drawing for an upcoming alligator hunt.  

“The big draw today is that we are having an alligator raffle for our first ever alligator hunting season on Fort Stewart,” Fort Stewart’s Public Affairs Officer Kevin Larson said. “We had 400 people sign up for that lottery and we will be giving away only 29 tags.”

Larson said the event offered a lot of hands on opportunities as they provided an archery range, skeet shooting, fishing and interactive displays with the folks from the Department of Natural Resource Conservation Officers. Fort Stewart’s Division of Public Works, who maintain all the recreational areas on post, were also on hand discussing the various aspects of their job.

Kids got an opportunity to pet a live baby alligator and shoot a bow and arrow.

Entertainment was provided by the Third ID band and guests were treated to hamburgers and hot dogs. There were many giveaway items as well.

Larson said going outdoors provides a recreational outlet during the current COVID-19 pandemic allowing folks to get outdoors while still maintaining social distancing.

State required hunting and fishing license are needed to hunt or fish on post. AQ Fort Stewart permit is also required. To purchase a permit visit:

Fort Stewart’s MWR offers a variety of sports, fitness, swimming, and wellness programs. For more information visit their website at:

Fort Stewart open House

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