Chassahowitzka - Planning Your Visit
In the fall and winter, you can hunt for white-tailed deer, feral hogs and small game species on Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. There are also spring turkey quota hunts during March and April. The best times to hike or bike are on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring.
Throughout the year, you can take a drive through the sandhill, scrub and flatwoods on several miles of improved roads. Some roads also traverse portions of the hardwood swamp. In the fall, the sandhills are ablaze with wildflowers scattered among green palmettos and wispy, golden native grasses. The scenery during the summer months is beautiful, as well. However, the heat, humidity and mosquitoes can be intense.
- Get directions to Chassahowitztka Wildlife Management Area.
- A Chassahowitzka WMA SCUBA Diving Registration is required and must be on-file with the FWC prior to SCUBA diving at Eagles Nest Sink or Buford Spring.
- Download or order the Chassahowitzka Recreation Guide.
- For hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines, see the regulations summary brochure.
- Dogs are permitted but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Find regulations regarding hunting dogs in the regulations summary brochure.
- Vault toilets are available at the main designated entrance on Rattlesnake Camp Road and at the parking area at Eagles Nest Sink.
- A Daily-Use Permit is required to enter this area, unless you have purchased a Wildlife Management Area Permit. To hunt or fish you must also 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.
Chassahowitzka Hunting Seasons
Archery: Sep 18 – Oct 17
Muzzleloading Gun: Oct 23-25
General Gun: Nov 6 – Jan 2
Wild Hog-Dog: Jan 14-16, 21-23
Raccoon: Feb 3-27, May 5-29 (1½ hours before sunset on Thursdays until 1½ hours after sunrise on Sundays only)
Turkey: Mar 25-27, Apr 8-10, 22-24
Youth Turkey: Mar 12-13
Migratory Bird: See migratory bird hunting dates
These season dates are not comprehensive guides to the hunting seasons on these areas and may be subject to change. For additional information about dates, times and regulations please check the regulations summary brochure.