Fisheating Creek - Planning Your Visit

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The fall is the time to hunt for deer and feral hog on Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area. The best conditions for hunting deer are when water levels are down in the creek but not so low as to make travel by boat impossible. In the spring, turkey hunts are popular and usually yield excellent results. Paddling is best during high water, which usually occurs in late July, August, and September, but which may also occur following winter cold fronts. Fisheating Creek is an excellent place to view wildlife year-round. Warblers are abundant during spring and fall migrations. In April and May, swallow-tailed kites nest and raise their young all along the creek.

Fisheating Creek Hunt Calendar
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  • Get directions to Fisheating Creek WMA.

  • Order the Fisheating Creek Recreation Guide.

  • Restrooms are available at this location

  • See the regulations summary for hours of operation and vehicle and airboat use guidelines.
  • Dogs are permitted but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the regulations summary.

  • No daily-use permit is currently required on Fisheating Creek WMA at the Main Street entrance near Palmdale or the Banana Grove entrance (Fort Center Area). Fees are charged by the concessionaire who is contracted by FWC to run the Palmdale campground and provide other recreational services such as canoe and kayak rentals. Check their fees at Fisheating Creek Outpost before you visit. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

 

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery August 18-20 and 25-27 (west of U.S. Highway 27 only)
Muzzleloading Gun September 8-10 and 15-17 (west of U.S. Highway 27 only)
General Gun September 29 through October 1 and October 13-15 (west of U.S. Highway 27 only)
Wild Hog-Still November 18-19 (west of U.S. Highway 27 only)
Small Game December 2 through February 11 (west of U.S. Highway 27 only)
Spring Turkey - Youth February 24-25 (west of U.S. Highway 27 only) (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 3-6, 9-12, 16-19 and 23-26 and March 30 through April 2 (west of U.S. Highway 27 only) (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Special Opportunity Spring Turkey March 3-9 and 17-23 (east of U.S. Highway 27 only) (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

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



FWC Facts:
A 2011 survey showed that 49 percent of residents and 47 percent of tourists participate in wildlife-viewing trips in Florida.

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