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photo of entrance at Raiford

Raiford WMA consists of 9,141 acres and is located along the New River in north Bradford and Union counties, north of Lake Butler. Pine flatwoods, pine plantations, and lowland hardwoods make up much of the area. The New River flows through the center of the management area, and Olustee Creek branches off through the eastern portion. Much of the area is closed or in private ownership. The remaining portion of the area is only open during hunting seasons. Wild turkey, white-tailed deer, gray squirrel, eastern cottontail rabbit, gopher tortoise, raccoon, and red-tailed hawk are some of the wildlife species that are found on the area.

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 with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs are allowed during the archery/muzzleloading gun season. 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:
Black bears originated in North America, and have been here at least 1.5 million years.

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