Managed in cooperation with
St. Johns River Water Management District

 

photo of cypress swamp
St. Johns River
Water Management District

Herky Huffman/Bull Creek WMA comprises 23,646 acres in eastern Osceola County, near the town of Holopaw. Natural communities include longleaf pinelands, slash pine-palmetto flatwoods, scattered cypress and mixed hardwoods and a variety of other wetlands. Numerous streams intersect the forest. In the spring, lilies, orchids, blue flag iris, St. Johns wort, and pitcher plants bloom in wet areas. There are excellent hiking opportunities on the area, including a segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST), where white-tailed deer, feral hogs, wild turkey, marsh rabbit, gopher tortoise, sandhill crane, and many songbirds may be seen. Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and paddling are among the many recreational activities available on Bull Creek. Camping is allowed at the designated campground during hunting seasons, and year round for through hikers at designated sites along the FNST. Levee 73 is open for hiking and bicycling. Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when horseback riding on public lands. For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law PDF. All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands. For additional information, a recreation guide is available from the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. 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.
  • Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs are allowed for hunting small game. 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.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps

Herky Huffman/Bull Creek Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance Adobe PDF
(Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons.Adobe PDF)

 

Seasons SummaryDates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery September through October 12
Muzzleloading Gun October 18-20
General Gun November 1 through December 28
Small Game December 29 through March 1
Spring Turkey-Youth March 14-15 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 21 through April 26(Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)



FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes, the tallest of North American birds, stand nearly 5 feet tall. Their wingspan measures between 7 and 8 feet.

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