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 is especially pleasant in the fall when temperatures are lower and scarlet hibiscus along the banks are in bloom. Horseback riding, hiking, and biking are best in the fall and spring on non-hunting days. Spring is an excellent time for birders who may see as many as 15 swallow-tailed kites circling the area. Fishing on the Ocklawaha is generally best in May and June.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps 

Caravelle Ranch Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance PDF
(Calendar does not reflect  migratory game bird hunting seasons.PDF)

Seasons SummaryDates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Archery September 21-29
Special Opportunity Dove October 5 and 12, November 30,December 14 and 28 and January 11 (Shooting hours are from noon until sunset.)
Supervised Small Game October 5-13
Muzzleloading Gun October 25-27
General Gun November 9-12 and 13-17
Small Game November 21 through January 5 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
Spring Turkey - Youth March 8-9 (south of the Cross Florida Barge Canal only)
Spring Turkey March 15-18 and 19-23 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)


FWC Facts:
Black bears originated in North America, and have been here at least 1.5 million years.

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