Dinner Island Ranch - Planning Your Visit

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Helpful Information

 Dinner Island Wildlife Management Area offers year round opportunities for outdoor recreation. High-quality hunts for deer, feral hog and migratory game birds are held on several weekends in the late summer and fall with a small game season following.
Turkey hunts are held on four weekends between February and April. Please note that horses are not permitted during periods open to hunting, except during dove hunts.

In the late fall, winter and spring, temperatures are usually pleasant. These are the best times to hike, bike and horseback ride and to see a variety of migratory birds. Butterfly and plant enthusiasts will appreciate fall blooming wildflowers and the many species of butterflies that they attract.

Dinner Island Ranch Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance PDF
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  • Get directions to Dinner Island WMA.

  • See the regulations summary for hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines.

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Find regulations regarding hunting dogs in the regulations summary

  • Horses are allowed only on named and numbered roads; however, they are prohibited during archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, family hunt and spring turkey seasons. 

  • No Daily-Use Permit is currently required to enter this area. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

     
  • Vault toilets are located at the Hammock Campground and at the check station.

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery August 4-7, 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28
Dove Field September 23 and 30; October 7, 14 and 21; November 11, 18 and 25; December 2, 16, 23 and 30; January 6 and 13 (Shooting hours are from noon to sunset)
Muzzleloading Gun September 8-10
General Gun September 16-18, 22-24 and September 29 through October 1
Family Hunt October 7-8 and 14-15
Small Game October 16 through February 18
Spring Turkey - Youth February 24-25 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 3-5, 10-12; and March 31 through April 2 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

(Calendar does not reflect  migratory game bird hunting seasons.)



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