In support of the resource management goals and
objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all
area users, the following recreation activities are allowed.
- Feral Hogs
Hunting is limited to high quality hunts with a
limited number of hunters during seasons that run from September to
March. A hunting license, Wildlife Management
Area Permit and a quota hunt permit
are required to hunt here, except that a quota hunt permit is not
required during the small game season. This area offers
excellent hog hunting as well as good opportunities for turkey and
small game. Dove hunting opportunities may be added in the
Fishing is permitted throughout the area but
opportunities are limited to bank fishing along canals and in
scattered wetlands. Water levels fluctuate with seasonal rainfall.
Appropriate licenses and permits
Spirit-of-the-Wild WMA is an excellent place to
view wildlife year-round. Wading birds of all types - ibis, herons,
egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills - as well as Florida
sandhill cranes, crested caracaras, kestrels, shrikes, wild turkey
and white-tailed deer are regularly spotted. You may request a copy or download or print
the Spirit of the
Wild Bird List . Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the
Hikes are pleasant along several miles of unpaved
roads from fall through spring.
Bikes may be used on the network of unpaved roads.
The roads are generally in good condition, but off-road bikes are
Horses are prohibited during periods open to
hunting. At other times, horses are permitted on named and numbered
roads and designated equestrian trails only. Children under
the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding on public
lands. For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law . All horseback riders must have
proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses
when on state lands.
Well-maintained, unpaved roads pass through a
variety of natural communities and offer opportunities to observe
wildlife, wildflowers, butterflies and much more.
See vehicle use regulations.