Praying Mantis On Sawgrass by Susanna Toledo

The fall and the winter are the time to hunt waterfowl and white-tailed deer on Holey Land Wildlife Management Area. Winter is a good time to observe snail kites, red-shouldered hawks, and migratory birds. Wood storks, ibises, great blue herons, snowy egrets, and wading birds are common on the area. Songbirds use the western forested boundary during spring and fall migration.  The spring, when water levels are usually low and fish are concentrated in the canals, is usually the best time to observe an abundance of wading birds. Hiking is best on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring when temperatures are lower and bugs fewer.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps 

Holey Land Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance PDF
(Calendar does not reflect  migratory game bird hunting seasons.PDF)

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2015 through June 2016)
Archery August 8-30
Muzzleloading Gun September 5-13
General Gun-Walk October 3-18
General Gun-Vehicle October 24 through November 8
Small Game November 9 through March 6
Condtional Reptiles March 7 through April 10

FWC Facts:
The painted bunting is one of the most rapidly declining songbirds in the eastern U.S. Surveys show an astounding 4-6 percent annual decrease in its numbers from 1966 to 2007.

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