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In mid-August, birders are drawn to Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area as fall warbler migration begins. Bald eagles are present throughout the year. Three Lakes is part of the highest concentration of bald eagle nests in the contiguous United States. The WMA is a part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Hike along the Florida National Scenic Trail and enjoy the colorful flush of wildflowers in the spring and fall. Hiking, bicycling and horseback riding are most pleasant in the fall through the spring when water levels are likely to be lower and temperatures cooler.

Opportunities for hunting on Three Lakes WMA occur during many days in the fall, winter and spring. There are fewer hunting days on the Prairie Lakes Unit. (The Sunset Ranch tract is closed to hunting.) On the lakes, specks are generally abundant January through March, and fishing for bluegill and redear sunfish is generally best late spring through the summer. Catfish may be caught at Parker Slough and Jackson Canal throughout the year.

Three Lakes Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance PDF
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Prairie Lakes Unit Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance PDF
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  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the hunting regulations for Three Lakes and the Three Lakes/Prairie Lakes Unit.
  • Restrooms are available at this location.

 

 

Three Lakes:

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery September 16 through October 15
Muzzleloading Gun October 21-23
General Gun Mobility Impaired October 27-29 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
General Gun November 4 through December 31
General  Gun-Dog December 7-10 and 28-31
Small Game January 1 through March 4

Additional Raccoon

Hunting

January 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28 (only between the Florida Turnpike and U.S. 441) (1 1/2 hours before sunset on Friday until 1 1/2 hours after sunrise on Sunday)
Additional Quail Hunting (Quail enhancement area only) - January through February (Wednesdays and Saturdays only, maximum of 16 days)
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 17 through April 22 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

   (*Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons.)

 Prairie Lakes Unit:

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Archery September 29 through October 1 and October 6-8
Muzzleloading Gun October 27-29
General Gun November 17-19 and 24-26
Wild Hog-Still December 1-3; January 5-7, 26-28 and February 23-25
Small Game December 9-31
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 17-19, March 30 through April 1 and April 13-15 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 (*Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons.)



FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes mate for life, but they will take a new mate after the loss of the original. The pair will return to use and defend the same nesting and wintering territory year after year.

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