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.

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Karla Brandt
- 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 future.


Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar



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 are required.


Wildlife Viewing

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 Adobe PDF. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.



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Unpaved Road

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 recommended.


Horseback Riding

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 Adobe PDF.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands.


Scenic Driving

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.

FWC Facts:
Spring and summer are the best times to listen for the elusive 5-inch Bachman's sparrow. Their song begins with a loud, clear whistle followed by an extended trill.

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