In mid-August, birders are drawn to Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area as the fall migration of warblers begins. Bald eagles are present throughout the year. Opportunities for hunting on Three Lakes occur during many days in the fall and winter. On the Prairie Lakes Unit, there are fewer hunting days. (The Sunset Ranch tract is closed to hunting.) Hiking, biking, and horseback riding are likely to be most pleasant on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring when water levels are likely to be lower and temperatures cooler. 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.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations

 

Three Lakes:

Hunting Regulations and Map  | Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance * Adobe PDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Archery September 14 through October 13
Muzzleloading Gun October 19-21
General Gun Mobility Impaired October 25-27 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
General Gun November 2 through December 29
General  Gun-Dog December 5-8 and December 26-29 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
Small Game December 30 through March 2
Raccoon January 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26 (only between the Florida Turnpike and U.S. 441) (1 1/2 hours before sunset on Friday until 1 1/2 hours after sunrise on Sunday)
Quail (Quail enhancement area only) - January through February (Saturdays only, maximum of 8 days)
Spring Turkey - Youth March 8-9 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 15 through April 20 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

  

 

Prairie Lakes Unit:

Hunting Regulations and Map  | Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance* Adobe PDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2013 through June 2014)
Archery September 27-29 and October 4-6
Muzzleloading Gun October 25-27
General Gun November 15-17 and 22-24
Wild Hog-Still November 29 through December 1 and January 3-5
Small Game December 7-29
Spring Turkey - Youth March 8-9 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 15-17, March 28-30 and April 11-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

 

 

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



FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes eat aquatic invertebrates (insects, crustaceans and mollusks), small vertebrates (fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals), roots, acorns and berries.

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