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Everglades - Planning Your Visit

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Fall and winter are the times for hunting waterfowl and white-tailed deer on the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area. The best time to see a variety of birds is in February near the recreational areas along I-75. The endangered snail kite as well as many other birds can be seen year-round along Tamiami Trail at 40-Mile Bend and other boat ramps. At the end of the dry season in the spring, wading birds concentrate at the last remaining pools of water. Hiking and biking are best during non-hunting days in the fall and winter and during the spring when temperatures are cooler and bugs are less abundant. Over 200 miles of canals provide year-round fishing opportunities.

  • Get directions to the I-75 Visitor Center entrance of Everglades Wildlife Management Area.
  • 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. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the regulations summary brochure.
  • The nearest restrooms are at the large rest area on I-75 at mile marker 35. There are also two restrooms off US 27, on the L-5 levee at Stormwater Treatment Area 3/4 and Harold A. Campbell Public Use Area.
  • 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.



Everglades Hunting Seasons

Year-at-a-Glance Calendar

Archery: Aug 7-29 (Conservation Area 3A North only)
Muzzleloading Gun: Sep 4-12 (Conservation Area 3A North only)
General Gun-Walk: Oct 2-17 (Conservation Area 3A North and the portion of Conservation Area 2A north of the East/West Airboat Trail only)
General Gun-Vehicle: Oct 23 – Nov 7 (Conservation Areas 3A North and 3A South)
Small Game: Nov 8 – Mar 6
Non-Native Reptiles: Year-round (firearms may be used only during open hunting seasons. Firearms other than centerfire rifles may be used from Mar 7 – Apr 10)
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.