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

  • Get directions to Aucilla Wildlife Management Area.

  • Order the Aucilla Recreation Guide.

  • See the Regulations Summary for hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines.

  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the Regulations Summary brochure.

  • Restrooms are available only at Goose Pasture and the headwaters of the Wacissa.

  • No Daily-Use Permit currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2015 through June 2016)

September 19 through October 18 (except in the Pinhook still hunt area); September 19-27 and October 10-18 (Pinhook still hunt area)

Muzzleloading Gun

October 24-26

Family Still

October 31 through November 1 (only in the Pinhook still hunt area)

General Gun

November 7 through January 3 (except in the Pinhook still hunt area); November 7-13, 14-20 and 21-29 (Pinhook still hunt area)

Wild Hog-Dog

July 10-12, August 14-16 and September 4-6, 2015; and May 13-15 and June 10-12, 2016

Wild Hog-Still

December 19 through January 3 (only in the Pinhook still hunt area)

Small Game

January 4 through March 6


January 4 through March 1

Spring Turkey - Youth

March 12-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

Spring Turkey

March 19 through April 24 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

Black Bear Hunt

October 24-30 (Muzzleloading Gun only in Pinhook still hunt area October 24-26) Details

Calendar does not reflect  migratory game bird hunting seasons.

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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