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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 by selecting an entrance icon on the entrance finder map.

  • 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 Hunt Calendar

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