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Has anyone here ever had any luck around the SR-60 ramp in Bartow on the northernmost end of the Peace? I'm not asking for spots or specifics, just if anyone has found this area to be worthwhile for hunting in general? Back around 2012 or 2013, @joshuajbelanger and I went when we first started hunting the Peace. We weren't very experienced and didn't really know what we were doing, so we understandably didn't find much of anything. Early last year, we went to the Heritage Landing ramp in southern Bartow and paddled a good distance and didn't find anything decent. That entire stretch of the Peace (from Lake Hancock down past Bartow to the south) is reclaimed phosphate mining land and some of it was disturbed before reclamation laws went into effect. Parts of this area were turned into a ruined moonscape before reclamation finally took place. As such, I expect the fossil finds will be broken up, scattered, and not in their original context. I do recall that this part of the Peace was scenic and made for a pleasant paddle, but no luck with fossils. Has anyone else had a different experience there? I've been meaning to scout this stretch again and it's a good bit closer to me than the usual haunts in Zolfo, Gardner, and Arcadia. I'm just wondering if it's worth the time.
Well, don't waste your time with the northern Peace around Bartow. We put in a Heritage Peace River Landing and paddled upstream for two hours - searching for karst features, gravel, or any other sign of fossils. In short, nothing. Not a darn thing. No rapids. Very little exposed limestone. We only found one area of small gravel and it contained nothing big or worth taking home. Just some tiny teeth and some small bone fragments, a few turtle scutes, etc. This area was heavily mined by the phosphate industry in the 1960's and 1970's before environmental regulations were put into place. This entire area looked like a moonscape until the 1980's when reclamation took place. Having said that, the scenery was nice and it was a pleasant paddle. But I wouldn't go there again looking for fossils.
Believe I'd heard somewhere it's illegal to hunt north of bowling green, or at least there's less fossils? Also heard someone had hunted near Bartow many years back.. so many questions marks here but I know hunting in the state park boundaries is not legal