No Daily-Use Permit currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.


Located at the check station, one mile inside WMA, is an open year-round restroom facility and several picnic tables. An additional picnic table is located at the WMA entrance. A viewing deck/fishing dock can be accessed 2.5 miles inside area on main road.

Map of Half Moon WMA PDF

Public Access

The area is open to public access year round.

Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar

Vehicle use regulations:

  • During non-hunting periods, public access other than on foot, bicycle or horse is prohibited.
  • Vehicles are allowed during hunting periods and from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. one day prior to each hunt, except prior to small game hunts.
  • Vehicles may be operated only on named or numbered roads.
  • Vehicles must be parked within 25 feet of a named or numbered road.
  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  • The use of airboats, tracked vehicles, all-terrain vehicles or unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles is prohibited.
  • Horses are prohibited during the archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, wild hog-still and spring turkey seasons.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs area allowed during hunting periods, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
  • Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs or dogs with a shoulder height of 15 inches or less are allowed during the small game season. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
  • Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.


Half Moon Wildlife Management Area (WMA) lies in the northwest corner of Sumter County in central Florida.  The entrance to Half Moon is located at the north end of CR 247, off SR 44 between Inverness and Wildwood. The address is 8864 CR 247 Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538. It is approximately 7 miles west of I-75 and the turnpike and 25 miles south of Ocala.


Additional wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.

Numerous public conservation properties are close to Half Moon, including Crystal River State Preserve, Flying Each WMA, Lake Panasoffkee WMA, Potts WMA, and Withlacoochee and Goethe State Forests. The nearby state forest tracts include Jumper Creek, Richloam, Citrus, Ross Prairies, and Homosassa WMAs.

Nearest Cities/Towns

Inverness (8 miles southwest), Ocala (33 miles north), Crystal River (25 miles west), and Homosassa Springs (25 miles west)

FWC Facts:
The crested caracara is a resident of the prairies and range lands of south-central Fla. This boldly patterned raptor has a crest, naked face, heavy bill and longish neck and legs.

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