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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
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  • 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 2014 through June 2015)
Archery

September 13 through October 12 (except in the Pinhook still hunt area); September 13-21 and October 4-12 (Pinhook still hunt area)

Muzzleloading Gun October 18-20
Family Still October 25-26 (only in the Pinhook still hunt area)
General Gun

November 1 through December 28 (except in the Pinhook still hunt area); November 1-23 (Pinhook still hunt area)

Wild Hog-Still December 13-28 (only in the Pinhook still hunt area)
Small Game December 29 through March 1
Trapping 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.)

Calendar does not reflect  migratory game bird hunting seasons.



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