Lafayette Forest WEA: Planning Your Visit


Helpful Information

Lafayette Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area offers year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation, although during hunting days, access to the area is only open to individuals who have a quota hunt permit. (Exception: Visitors with a Special Use Authorization permit for Mallory Swamp WMA (obtained from the Suwannee River Water Management District) may traverse McCalls Chapel Grade through Lafayette Forest from 1 ½ hours after sunset until 1 ½  hours before sunrise.) Hunts occur over specific periods between September to March.

In the fall, winter and spring, temperatures are usually pleasant. These are the best times to hike, bike, and horseback ride and to see a variety of migratory birds. Butterfly and plant enthusiasts will appreciate the wildflowers that bloom in the fall and spring and the butterflies they attract.

Lafayette Forest Hunt Calendar
- Year-at-a-Glance
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Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery September 23-27, September 29 - October 3, and October 6-10
Muzzleloading Gun October 21-23
Family Hunt November 4-5 and 11-12
Wild Hog-Still January 20-24 and January 27-31
Small Game November 13 through January 19 and February 1 through March 4
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 17-19 and 23-25 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons; please check the regulations summary for specifics.

FWC Facts:
The Florida Bird Conservation Initiative is a voluntary, public-private partnership that seeks to promote the sustainability of native Florida birds and their habitats.

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