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Caravelle - Planning Your Visit

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Recreational opportunities are available on Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area year-round. In October, there is a supervised youth small game hunt. Paddling on the Ocklawaha River is especially pleasant in the fall when temperatures are lower and scarlet hibiscus are blooming along the banks. Horseback riding, hiking and bicycling are best in the fall and spring on nonhunting days. The Florida National Scenic Trail traverses the area and is open to hikers throughout the year. Spring is an excellent time for birders who may see as many as 15 swallow-tailed kites circling the sky. Fishing on the Ocklawaha is generally best in May and June.


Caravelle Ranch Hunt Calendar


This calendar is not a comprehensive guide to the hunting seasons on this area. For additional information about dates, times and regulations please check the Regulations Summary.

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2019 through June 2020)

Season Dates
Archery September 21-29
Supervised Small Game October 5-13
Muzzleloading Gun October 25-27
General Gun November 6-10 and 13-17
Small Game November 21 - January 5 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)
Spring Turkey - Youth March 14-15 (south of the Cross Florida Barge Canal only) (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 25-29 and April 1-5 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)