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Hilochee forest

Hilochee is open to public recreational use year-round. During non-hunting periods, public access other than on foot, bicycle or horse is prohibited. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are best on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring. Hilochee has good habitat for butterflies, whose numbers peak in the fall. Three turkey hunts, including one youth turkey hunt, are held in the spring. On the main unit, fishing is by permit only and is restricted to daylight hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Fishing permits are free and may be obtained by calling the Southwest Regional Office at (863) 648-3200. No permits are required for the Osprey Unit; fishing is allowed year-round.

  • Get directions to Hilochee Wildlife Management Area.
  • For access, hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines, see the Hilochee Main Unit or Osprey Unit regulations summary brochures.
  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the Hilochee Main Unit or Osprey Unit regulations summary brochures.
  • Restrooms are not available at this location.
  • A Daily-Use Permit is required to enter the Hilochee main unit, unless you have purchased a Wildlife Management Area Permit. The Osprey Unit has no daily-use fee. To hunt or fish you must also possess the appropriate license and permit.
  • During scheduled hunt days, all WMA visitors are encouraged to war a daylight fluorescent orange shirt, vest, jacket and/or hat.
Calendar

Hilochee WMA Hunting Seasons

Year-at-a-Glance Calendars

Main Unit

Raccoon & Opossum: Aug 5 – Sep 26 (1½ hours before sunset on Thursday until 1½ hours after sunrise on Sunday only)
Wild Hog-Still: Nov 19-21, Dec 3-5, 17-19
Small Game: Dec 24 – Jan 16
Archery: Feb 11-13
Muzzleloading Gun: Feb 18-20
General Gun: Feb 26-28
Turkey: Mar 25-27, Apr 8-10
Youth Turkey: Mar 12-13
Migratory Birds: See migratory bird hunting dates

Osprey Unit

Family Hunt: Nov 12-14
Wild Hog-Still: Nov 26-28
Wild Hog-Dog: Dec 10-12, Jan 7-9
Small Game: Jan 10-30
Archery: Feb 11-13
Muzzleloading Gun: Feb 18-20
General Gun: Feb 26-28
Turkey: Apr 15-17, 22-24
Youth Turkey: Mar 12-13
Migratory Birds: 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 brochures for Hilochee and the Hilochee-Osprey Unit.