Richloam Wildlife Management Area
Managed in cooperation with Florida Forest Service.
Richloam WMA is one of seven large tracts of land that make up the Withlacoochee State Forest. The Richloam Tract, consisting of more than 58,000 acres, is located in Hernando, Pasco, Sumter, and Lake counties. Pine flatwoods with scattered oak hammocks, bottomland hardwoods, and cypress swamp are the main natural communities on this area. Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, camping, horseback riding, hiking, and bicycling are popular recreational activities on Richloam. There are eight miles of shared trails for horseback riding, bicycling, and hiking, as well as three loop hiking trails ranging in length from 9.4 to 13.6 miles. Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when horseback riding on public lands. For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law. All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands.
The Little Withlacoochee River flows through the northwestern half of the wildlife management area. Wild turkey, white-tailed deer, gopher tortoise, wild hogs, gray squirrel, and non-venomous water snakes are common. The area is part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. You may see little blue, great blue, and tricolored herons, along with sandhill cranes, wood storks, limpkins, and a variety of songbirds.
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Rules Regarding Dogs
- For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative codes. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Pets" by the Florida Forest Service. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
- Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting deer with dogs is allowed only during general gun season. Hunting wild hog with dogs is prohibited, except during the wild hog-dog season. Dogs may only be used to pursue deer and wild hogs from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative codes. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
- Visit Florida Forest Service's information on Withlacoochee State Forest for reservations, fees, facilities, activity permits for individuals and groups, and restrictions during hunt seasons and special events.
- View FWC's Regulations Summary for Richloam for an area map, hunting seasons, permits, fees, and area regulations.