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Aucilla - Planning Your Visit

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The area offers many fall days for hunting deer and feral hog, including dates for archery and muzzleloading guns. The winter small game season usually yields excellent results, and there is a spring turkey season. Special feral hog hunts are available during the spring and summer months. Canoeing or kayaking on the Wacissa River or hiking on the Aucilla trails is generally best in the spring, winter and fall when temperatures are pleasant and there are fewer bugs.

In the spring, the hardwood hammock islands along the Wacissa are covered with zephyr lilies and wild irises. Even in the summer, paddling on the Wacissa is enjoyable by cooling off in one of the many springs that feed the river. In the fall, enjoy the colorful foliage of the sweetgums and red maples and the songs of migratory warblers along the Aucilla Sinks Trail. The Florida Natural Scenic Trail traverses the area and is open to hikers throughout the year.

Get directions by selecting an entrance icon on the entrance finder map.

  • Download the Aucilla WMA Recreation Guide or the Aucilla WMA Trail Map.
  • See the regulations summary brochure for hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines.
  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the regulations summary brochure.
  • Restrooms are available only at Goose Pasture and the headwaters of the Wacissa.
  • No Daily-Use Permit currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.
  • During scheduled hunt days, all WMA visitors are encouraged to wear a daylight fluorescent orange shirt, vest, jacket and/or hat.

Aucilla Hunt Calendar

View hunting seasons and dates and download a 'Year-at-a-Glance' calendar of hunt days on the area.