The area offers many fall days for hunting deer and feral hog. The winter small game season is nearly two months and usually yields excellent results. Canoeing or kayaking on the Wacissa River or hiking on the Aucilla trails is generally best in the spring, winter and fall when temperatures are pleasant and there are fewer bugs.

In the spring, the hardwood hammock islands along the Wacissa are covered with zephyr lilies and wild irises. Even in the summer, paddling on the Wacissa is enjoyable by cooling off in one of the many springs that feed the river. In the fall, enjoy the colorful foliage of the sweetgums and red maples and the songs of migratory warblers along the Aucilla Sinks Trail. The Florida Natural Scenic Trail traverses the area and is open to hikers throughout the year.

Aucilla Hunt Calendar
- Year-at-a-Glance

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)

September 16 through October 15 (except in the Pinhook still hunt area); September 16-24 and October 7-15 (Pinhook still hunt area)

Muzzleloading Gun

October 21-23

Family Still

October 28-29 (only in the Pinhook still hunt area)

General Gun

November 4 through December 31 (except in the Pinhook still hunt area); November 4-26 (Pinhook still hunt area)

Wild Hog-Dog

July 14-16, August 11-13 and September 1-3, 2017; and May 11-13 and June 8-10, 2018

Wild Hog-Still

December 16-31 (only in the Pinhook still hunt area)

Small Game

November 27 through December 15 (only in the Pinhook still hunt area); January 1 through March 4


January 1 through March 1

Spring Turkey - Youth

March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

Spring Turkey

March 17 through April 22 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

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

FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes mate for life, but they will take a new mate after the loss of the original. The pair will return to use and defend the same nesting and wintering territory year after year.

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