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Chassahowitzka - Planning Your Visit

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In the fall you can hunt for white-tailed deer and feral hogs on Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. The best times to hike or bike are on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring. In the fall the wet prairies scattered throughout the flatwoods are ablaze with wildflowers. Heat, humidity, and mosquitoes are likely to be intense in the summer.

Throughout the year, you can take a driving tour deep into the hardwood swamp. Hunting is prohibited on the Weeki Wachee Tract and the Seville Tract. Only small game hunting is permitted on the Annutteliga Hammock Tract.


Chassahowitzka Hunt Calendar


Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Archery September 15 through October 14
Muzzleloading Gun October 20-22
General Gun November 3 through December 30
Wild Hog-Dog January 11-13 and 18-20 (Hunting wild hog with dogs is allowed only in Zones B and C)
Raccoon January 31 through February 24 and May 2-26 (1½ hours before sunset on Thursdays until 1½ hours after sunrise on Sundays only)
Spring Turkey – Youth March 9-10 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 22-24, April 5-7 and 19-21 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons; please check the regulations summary for specifics.