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Wood stork Three Lakes

In mid-August, birders are drawn to Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area as fall warbler migration begins. Bald eagles are present throughout the year. Three Lakes is part of the highest concentration of bald eagle nests in the contiguous United States. The WMA is a part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Hike along the Florida National Scenic Trail and enjoy the colorful flush of wildflowers in the spring and fall. Hiking, bicycling and horseback riding are most pleasant in the fall through the spring when water levels are likely to be lower and temperatures cooler.

Opportunities for hunting on Three Lakes WMA occur during many days in the fall, winter and spring. There are fewer hunting days on the Prairie Lakes Unit. The Sunset Ranch tract is closed to hunting. On the lakes, specks are generally abundant January through March, and fishing for bluegill and redear sunfish is generally best late spring through the summer. Catfish may be caught at Parker Slough and Jackson Canal throughout the year.


Three Lakes Hunting Seasons

Year-at-a-Glance Calendars

Main Unit:

Archery: Sep 18 – Oct 17
Muzzleloading Gun: Oct 23-25
General Gun Mobility-Impaired: Oct 29-31 (East of Canoe Creek Road)
General Gun: Nov 6 – Jan 2
General Gun Dog: Dec 9-12, Dec 30 – Jan 2
Small Game: Jan 3 – Mar 6
Raccoon: Jan 14-16, 21-23, 28-30 (Only in that area between the Florida Turnpike and U.S. 441 and only 1½ hours before sunset on Fri until 1½ hours after sunrise on Sun)
Quail: Quail Enhancement Area only: Jan – Feb (Wednesday and Saturday only, maximum of 16 days).
Turkey: Mar 19 – Apr 24
Youth Turkey: Mar 12-13
Migratory Birds: See migratory bird hunting dates

Prairie Lakes Unit

Archery: Oct 1-3, 8-10
Muzzleloading Gun: Oct 29-31
General Gun: Nov 19-21, 26-28
Wild Hog-Still: Dec 3-5, Jan 14-16, 28-30, Feb 25-27
Small Game: Dec 11 – Jan 9
Turkey: Mar 19-21, Apr 1-3, 15-17
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 regulation summary brochures for Three Lakes and the Three Lakes/Prairie Lakes Unit.