In mid-August, birders are drawn to Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area as the fall migration of warblers begins. Bald eagles are present throughout the year. Opportunities for hunting on Three Lakes occur during many days in the fall and winter. On the Prairie Lakes Unit, there are fewer hunting days. (The Sunset Ranch tract is closed to hunting.) Hiking, biking, and horseback riding are likely to be most pleasant on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring when water levels are likely to be lower and temperatures cooler. 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.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations

Three Lakes:

Hunting Regulations and Map  | Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance * Adobe PDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery September 13 through October 12
Muzzleloading Gun October 18-20
General Gun Mobility Impaired October 24-26 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
General Gun November 1 through December 28
General  Gun-Dog December 4-7 and December 25-28 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
Small Game December 29 through March 1
Raccoon January 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25 (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)
Quail (Quail enhancement area only) - January through February (Saturdays only, maximum of 8 days)
Spring Turkey - Youth March 14-15 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 21 through April 26 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

  

 

Prairie Lakes Unit:

Hunting Regulations and Map  | Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance* Adobe PDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery September 26-28 and October 3-5
Muzzleloading Gun October 24-26
General Gun November 14-16 and 21-23
Wild Hog-Still November 28-30 and January 2-4, 23-25 and February 20-22
Small Game December 6-28
Spring Turkey - Youth March 14-15 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 21-23, April 3-5 and 17-19 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

 

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



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