Hilochee has good habitat for butterflies whose numbers peak in the fall. The best time to observe butterflies is between around 10:30 in the morning and 3:00 in the afternoon. Hiking, biking and horseback riding is best on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring. 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.

 

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations

 

Hilochee

Hunting Regulations and Maps PDFHunt Calendar - Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Raccoon August 8 through September 29 (1 1/2 hours before sunset on Thursdays until 1 1/2 hours after sunrise on Sundays only)
Small Game January 31 through February 9
Wild Hog-Still December 6-8, January 17-19 and 24-26
Archery February 14-16
Muzzleloading Gun February 21-23
Spring Turkey - Youth March 8-9 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 21-23 and April 4-6 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

Osprey Unit

Hunting Regulations and Maps PDFHunt Calendar -Year-at-a-GlancePDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Archery February 14-16
Family Hunt November 15-17
Wild Hog-Still November 29 through December 1
Wild Hog-Dog December 13-15 and January 10-12
Small Game January 23 through February 3
Spring Turkey - Youth March 8-9 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey

April 11-13 and 18-20 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

(*Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons.PDF)



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