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Lafayette Forest - Planning Your Visit

Helpful Information

visitor admiring fall-blooming flowers

Visitor admiring fall-blloming gayfeather and goldenrod.

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 Hunting Seasons

Year-at-a-Glance Calendar

Archery: Sep 25-29, Oct 1-5, 8-12
Muzzleloading Gun: Oct 23-25
Family Hunt: Nov 6-7, 13-14
Wild Hog-Still: Jan 22-26, Jan 29 – Feb 2
Small Game: Nov 15 – Jan 21, Feb 3 – Mar 6
Turkey: Mar 19-21, 25-27
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 brochure.