Hilochee has good habitat for butterflies whose numbers peak in the fall. The best time to observe butterflies is between around 10:30 in the morning and 3:00 in the afternoon. Hiking, biking and horseback riding is best on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring. 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.

 

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations

 

Hilochee

Hunting Regulations and Maps  | Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2015 through June 2016)
Raccoon and Opossum August 6 through September 27 (1 1/2 hours before sunset on Thursdays until 1 1/2 hours after sunrise on Sundays only)
Small Game January 8-24
Wild Hog-Still November 20-22, December 4-6 and 18-20
Archery February 12-14
Muzzleloading Gun February 19-21
Spring Turkey - Youth March 12-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 25-27 and April 8-10 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

 

Osprey Unit

Hunting Regulations and Maps  | Hunt Calendar -Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2015 through June 2016)
Archery February 12-14
Family Hunt November 13-15
Wild Hog-Still November 27-29
Wild Hog-Dog December 11-13 and January 8-10
Small Game January 28 through February 8
Muzzleloading Gun February 19-21
Spring Turkey - Youth March 12-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey

April 15-17 and 22-24 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

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



FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes, the tallest of North American birds, stand nearly 5 feet tall. Their wingspan measures between 7 and 8 feet.

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