Caravelle Ranch - Planning Your Visit


Recreational opportunities are available on Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area year-round. In October, there is a supervised youth small game hunt. Paddling on the Ocklawaha River is especially pleasant in the fall when temperatures are lower and scarlet hibiscus are blooming along the banks. Horseback riding, hiking and bicycling are best in the fall and spring on nonhunting days. The Florida National Scenic Trail traverses the area and is open to hikers throughout the year. Spring is an excellent time for birders who may see as many as 15 swallow-tailed kites circling the sky. Fishing on the Ocklawaha is generally best in May and June.

Caravelle Ranch Hunt Calendar
- Year-at-a-Glance


Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery September 23 through October 1
Special Opportunity Dove September 30; October 7; November 25; December 16 and 30; and January 13 (Shooting hours are from noon until sunset)
Supervised Small Game October 7-15
Muzzleloading Gun October 27-29
General Gun November 11-19
Small Game November 23 through January 7 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (south of the Cross Florida Barge Canal only)(Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 17-25 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

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

FWC Facts:
The painted bunting is one of the most rapidly declining songbirds in the eastern U.S. Surveys show an astounding 4-6 percent annual decrease in its numbers from 1966 to 2007.

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