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Lafayette Forest - Planning Your Visit

Helpful Information

visitor admiring fall-blooming flowers

Lafayette Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area offers year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation, although during hunting days, access to the area is only open to individuals who have a quota hunt permit. (Exception: Visitors with a Special Use Authorization permit for Mallory Swamp WMA (obtained from the Suwannee River Water Management District) may traverse McCalls Chapel Grade through Lafayette Forest from 1 ½ hours after sunset until 1 ½  hours before sunrise.) Hunts occur over specific periods between September to March.

In the fall, winter and spring, temperatures are usually pleasant. These are the best times to hike, bike, and horseback ride and to see a variety of migratory birds. Butterfly and plant enthusiasts will appreciate the wildflowers that bloom in the fall and spring and the butterflies they attract.


Lafayette Forest Hunt Calendar


Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Archery September 22-26, September 28 through October 2 and October 5-9
Muzzleloading Gun October 20-22
Family Hunt November 3-4 and 10-11
Wild Hog-Still January 19-23 and 26-30
Small Game November 12 through January 18 and January 31 through March 3
Spring Turkey - Youth March 9-10 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 16-18 and 22-24 (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.