Spirit-of-the-Wild - Planning Your Visit


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Spirit-of-the-Wild WMA offers year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation. Small, high-quality hunts are held on several weekends in late summer and fall. Spring turkey hunts include a youth hunt. In the fall, winter and spring, temperatures are usually pleasant. These are the best times to hike, bicycle and horseback ride and to see a variety of migratory birds. Butterfly and plant enthusiasts will appreciate fall blooming wildflowers and the many species of butterflies that they attract.

Spirit of the Wild Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance PDF

  • Get directions to Spirit-of-the-Wild WMA.

  • See the regulations summary for hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines.

  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.  Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the hunting regulations.

  • Horses are not allowed during periods open to hunting

  • Restrooms are not available at this location.

  • No daily-use or wildlife management area permits are currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery August 4-7, 11-14, 18-21 and 25-28
Muzzleloading Gun September 8-10
General Gun September 16-18, 22-24 and September 29 through October 1
Small Game October 14 through February 18
Spring Turkey - Youth February 24-25 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 3-5, 10-12 and March 31 through April 2 (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:
Florida is #1 in the country for total days of wildlife viewing by nonresident visitors. (8.5 million)

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