Apalachicola River - Planning Your Visit


Opportunities for outdoor recreation are available year-round. Fishing can be excellent throughout the year. Paddling is good year-round but the best times are fall and spring when temperatures are pleasant and there are fewer bugs. Birding opportunities are also at their peak during the fall and spring. Hunting opportunities vary, with archery season beginning in October through spring turkey season ending in April.

Apalachicola River Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance PDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Fox, Raccoon, Opossum and Bobcat Allowed year round except the use of dogs is prohibited during spring turkey season (March 17 through April 22)
Archery October 21 through November 19
Small Game November 11 through March 4
General Gun November 23-26 and December 9 through January 31
Trapping December 1 through March 1
Muzzleloding Gun December 2-4
Archery/Muzzleloading Gun February 1-11
Spring Turkey March 17 through April 22 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Wild Hog-Dog Season July 21-23, August 18-20, and September 15-17, 2017; May 18-20 and June 15-17, 2018 (wild hog-dog area only)

Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons; please check the regulations summary for specifics.

FWC Facts:
According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 66.1 million people engage in wildlife observation, spending about $38.5 billion per year.

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