Twelve Mile Swamp Wildlife Management Area

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Twelve Mile Swamp WMA is located in north central St. Johns County near St. Augustine. These nearly 10,000 acres are privately owned, and are managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for hunting. Access to the area is restricted to two weeks prior to the archery season until the last day of the spring turkey season and is limited to individuals who have a recreational use permit. Persons who hold a permit may fish, hike or bike as well as hunt on the days the area is open. No camping or horseback riding are allowed. The landscape on the area consists of planted pines and hardwood swamps.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
  • Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA two weeks prior to the opening of the archery season through the last day of the spring turkey season. Hunting with dogs other than bird dogs or waterfowl retrievers is prohibited. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.

FWC Facts:
The song of the wood thrush is so beautiful it inspired Handel to write a piece of music in the bird's honor. This songbird sings a loud, flute-like song, ending in a trill.

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