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Spirit-of-the-Wild - Planning Your Visit

Helpful Information

pair of sandhill cranes

Spirit-of-the-Wild WMA offers year-round opportunities for outdoor recreation. Small, high-quality hunts are held on several weekends in late summer and fall. Spring turkey hunts include a youth hunt. In the fall, winter and spring, temperatures are usually pleasant. These are the best times to hike, bicycle and horseback ride and to see a variety of migratory birds. Butterfly and plant enthusiasts will appreciate fall blooming wildflowers and the many species of butterflies that they attract.

  • Get directions to Spirit-of-the-Wild WMA.
  • See the regulations summary for hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines.
  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.  Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the hunting regulations.
  • Horses are not allowed during periods open to hunting
  • Restrooms are not available at this location.
  • No daily-use or wildlife management area permits are currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

Spirit-of-the-Wild Hunt Calendar


Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Archery August 3-6, 10-13, 17-20 and 24-27
General Gun September 15-17, 21-23 and 28-30
Muzzleloading Gun September 7-9
Small Game October 13 through February 17
Spring Turkey March 2-4, 9-11 and March 30 through April 1 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey - Youth February 23-24 (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.