Spirit of the Wild Wildlife Management Area offers year round opportunities for outdoor recreation. Small, high-quality hunts for deer, feral hog and small game are held on several weekends in the fall. Turkey hunts are held on three weekends in March. Horses are not permitted during periods open to hunting.

photo of spirit of the wild marsh

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 fall blooming wildflowers and the many species of butterflies that they attract.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps 

Spirit of the Wild Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance Adobe PDF
(Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons.Adobe PDF)

Seasons SummaryDates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery August 8-11, 15-18, 22-25 and August 29 through September 1
Muzzleloading Gun September 12-14
General Gun September 20-22, 26-28 and October 3-5
Small Game November 1 through February 22
Spring Turkey - Youth February 28 through March 1 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)


FWC Facts:
A 2011 survey showed that 49 percent of residents and 47 percent of tourists participate in wildlife-viewing trips in Florida.

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