Picnic tables at Hagan Cove
Betsy Purdum - Picnic Tables at Hagen's Cove

Throughout the year, each unit on the Big Bend Wildlife Management Area offers a special combination of recreational opportunities. Duck hunting is available on Hickory Mound Impoundment. In late September the early duck hunting season begins to coincide with the blue-winged teal migration from the northern U.S. and Canada. Each unit except Snipe Island has a boat ramp providing access to the Gulf. Spotted sea trout are abundant in March, April, October, and November. Crabbing is best in the summer, and the scalloping season is in July and August (the exact dates vary from year to year).

Hickory Mound Impoundment and Hagen's Cove are excellent spots for viewing wading and water birds year-round. During spring and fall, the trams on Tide Swamp are good spots for observing migratory warblers and other birds. Fall through spring is generally the best time to sea kayak. The summer is hot, buggy, and frequently stormy.

 

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations

 

Snipe Island:
Hunting Regulations and Map  : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Archery September 21 - October 20
Muzzleloading Gun October 25-27
General Gun November 2-24
Small Game December 28 through January 26
Trapping January 4 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 8-9 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 15 - April 6 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Hickory Mound:
Hunting Regulations and MapHunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Archery September 28 through October 27
General Gun November 2-10, 11-17 and November 18 through December 29
Small Game December 30 through February 23
Trapping January 6 through March 1
Spring Turkey March 15 through April 20 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Spring Creek:
Hunting Regulations and Map PDF : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Archery September 21 through October 20
Muzzleloading Gun October 25-27
General Gun November 2-10 and November 11 through December 29
Small Game December 30 through March 2
Trapping January 6 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 8-9 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 15 through April 20 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Tide Swamp:
Hunting Regulations and Map  : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Archery September 21 through October 20
Muzzleloading Gun October 25-27
General Gun November 2 through December 29
Small Game December 30 through February 23
Trapping January 6 through March 1
Spring Turkey - Youth March 8-9 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 15 - April 20 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Jena:
Hunting Regulations and Map  : Hunting Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Archery September 21 through October 20
General Gun November 2-10 and November 11 through December 29
Small Game December 30 through February 23
Trapping January 6 through March 1
Spring Turkey March 15 through April 20 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

*(Calendars do not reflect  migratory game bird hunting seasons.PDF)



FWC Facts:
A 2011 survey showed that 49 percent of residents and 47 percent of tourists participate in wildlife-viewing trips in Florida.

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