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 Hilochee is open to public recreational use year-round. During non-hunting periods, public access other than on foot, bicycle or horse is prohibited. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are best on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring. Hilochee has good habitat for butterflies, whose numbers peak in the fall. Three turkey hunts, including one youth turkey hunt, are held in the spring. On the main unit, fishing is by permit only and is restricted to daylight hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Fishing permits are free and may be obtained by calling the Southwest Regional Office at (863) 648-3200. No permits are required for the Osprey Unit; fishing is allowed year-round.

 

Hilochee
Hunt Calendar -
Year-at-a-Glance Adobe PDF
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Osprey Unit
Hunt Calendar -
Year-at-a-Glance Adobe PDF
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  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the regulations summary.
  • Restrooms are not available at this location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Raccoon and Opossum August 3 through September 24 (1 1/2 hours before sunset on Thursdays until 1 1/2 hours after sunrise on Sundays only)
Small Game January 5-21
Wild Hog-Still November 17-19, December 1-3 and 15-17
Archery February 9-11
Muzzleloading Gun February 16-18
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 23-25 and April 6-8 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

 

Osprey Unit

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery February 9-11
Family Hunt November 10-12
Wild Hog-Still November 24-26
Wild Hog-Dog December 8-10 and January 5-7
Small Game January 25 through February 5
Muzzleloading Gun February 16-18
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey

April 13-15 and 20-22 (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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