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 2014 through June 2015)
Raccoon and Opossum August 7 through September 28 (1 1/2 hours before sunset on Thursdays until 1 1/2 hours after sunrise on Sundays only)
Small Game January 30 through February 8
Wild Hog-Still December 5-7, January 16-18 and 23-25
Archery February 13-15
Muzzleloading Gun February 20-22
Spring Turkey - Youth March 14-15 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 27-29 and April 10-12 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Osprey Unit

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

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery February 13-15
Family Hunt November 14-16
Wild Hog-Still November 28-30
Wild Hog-Dog December 12-14 and January 9-11
Small Game January 22 through February 2
Muzzleloading Gun February 20-22
Spring Turkey - Youth March 14-15 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey

April 17-19 and 24-26 (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 mate for life, but they will take a new mate after the loss of the original. The pair will return to use and defend the same nesting and wintering territory year after year.

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