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Helpful Information

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 2015 through June 2016)
Archery September 19 through October 18
Muzzleloading Gun October 24-26
General Gun Mobility Impaired October 30 through November 1 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
General Gun November 7 through January 3
General  Gun-Dog December 10-13 and December 31 through January 3 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
Small Game January 4 through March 6

Additional Raccoon

Hunting

January 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31 (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 12-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 19 through April 24 (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 2015 through June 2016)
Archery October 2-4 and 9-11
Muzzleloading Gun October 30 through November 1
General Gun November 20-22 and 27-29
Wild Hog-Still December 4-6; January 8-10, 29-31 and February 26-28
Small Game December 12 through January 3
Spring Turkey - Youth March 12-13 
Spring Turkey March 19-21, April 1-3 and 15-17 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.)

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



FWC Facts:
Wood stork nestlings are fully feathered and capable of short flights at about 7-8 weeks of age but are not independent of their parents until they are 9-10 weeks old.

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