Chassahowitzka - Planning Your Visit


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In the fall you can hunt for white-tailed deer and feral hogs on Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. The best times to hike or bike are on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring. In the fall the wet prairies scattered throughout the flatwoods are ablaze with wildflowers. Heat, humidity, and mosquitoes are likely to be intense in the summer.

Throughout the year, you can take a driving tour deep into the hardwood swamp. Hunting is prohibited on the Weeki Wachee Tract and the Seville Tract. Only small game hunting is permitted on the Annutteliga Hammock Tract.

Chassahowitzka Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance PDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery September 16 through October 15
Muzzleloading Gun October 21-23
General Gun November 4 through December 31
Wild Hog-Dog January 12-14 and 19-21
Raccoon February 1-25 and May 3-27 (1 1/2 hours before sunset on Thursdays until 1 1/2 hours after sunrise on Sundays only)
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 23-25, April 6-8 and 20-22 (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 song of the wood thrush is so beautiful it inspired Handel to write a piece of music in the bird's honor. This songbird sings a loud, flute-like song, ending in a trill.

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