Dinner Island Ranch - When to Visit

Dinner Island Wildlife Management Area offers year round opportunities for outdoor recreation. Small, high-quality hunts for deer, feral hog and migratory game birds are held on several weekends in the late summer and fall. 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.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps 

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

Seasons SummaryDates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery August 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, and August 29 through September 1
Dove Field October 4, 11, 18 and 25; November 15, 22 and 29; December 13, 20 and 27; and January 3 and 10 (Shooting hours are from noon to sunset.)
Muzzleloading Gun September 12-14
General Gun September 20-22, 26-28 and October 3-5
Family Hunt October 11-12 and 18-19
Small Game November 1 through February 22
Spring Turkey - Youth February 28 through March 1 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 7-9, 14-16 and April 4-6 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

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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