Spirit-of-the-Wild - Planning Your Visit


Helpful Information

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 2015 through June 2016)
Archery August 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 and 28-31
Muzzleloading Gun September 11-13
General Gun September 19-21, 25-27 and October 2-4
Small Game October 31 through February 21
Spring Turkey - Youth February 27-28 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 5-7, 12-14 and April 2-4 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Black Bear October 24-30 Details

FWC Facts:
Florida's official state butterfly, the zebra longwing (Heliconius charitonius) lives in hammocks, swamps & forests, sleeps in groups and returns to the same roost nightly.

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