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Hilochee - Planning Your Visit

Helpful Information

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.

Calendar

Hilochee WMA Hunt Calendar

Year-at-a-Glance

Calendar

Osprey Unit Hunt Calendar

Year-at-a-Glance

Hilochee Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Raccoon and Opossum August 2 through September 23 (1½ hours before sunset on Thursdays until 1½ hours after sunrise on Sundays only)
Wild Hog-Still November 16-18, November 30 through December 2 and December 14-16
Small Game January 4-20
Archery February 8-10
Muzzleloading Gun February 15-17
Spring Turkey - Youth March 9-10 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 22-24 and April 5-7 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

Osprey Unit Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Family Hunt November 9-11
Wild Hog-Still November 23-25
Wild Hog-Dog December 7-9 and January 4-6
Small Game January 24 through February 4
Archery February 8-10
Muzzleloading Gun February 15-17
Spring Turkey - Youth March 9-10 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey April 12-14 and 19-21 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

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