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NORTH CENTRAL REGION 2003-2004 WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA HUNTING FORECASTS

Sept. 26, 2003
CONTACT: Division of Wildlife (758) 758-0531

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Hunt Maps & Regulations Summaries for North Central Regions WMAs

Andrews WMA: (3,501 acres in Levy County)
Habitat: bottomland and river bluff hardwoods. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Excellent; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Squirrel Hunting, Excellent; Turkey Hunting, Good; Camping, Dogs and ATVs, Prohibited; All hunts are short duration with a quota hunt permit required. Hunts include archery, muzzleloading gun, supervised youth hunt, general gun, small game, and spring turkey hunt. The area is open throughout the year; however, during periods when hunting is allowed, only those participating in the hunt are allowed on the area.

Alligator Lake Small Game Area: (484 acres in Columbia County)
Habitat: restored marsh and lake bottom. Deer Hunting, none; Hog Hunting, None; Migratory Bird Hunting - waterfowl, fair; Small Game (other than waterfowl) Hunting, prohibited; Turkey Hunting, none; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Waterfowl Retrievers allowed; ATVs, Prohibited. This area is open to waterfowl hunting, until noon, on Tuesdays and Thursdays of the regular waterfowl season.

Big Bend WMA - Hickory Mound Unit: (14,427 acres in Taylor County)
Habitat: pine flatwoods, coastal hardwoods and cypress swamp. Deer Hunting, Fair; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Fair; Turkey Hunting, Fair; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Yes/throughout the area; ATVs, Yes/designated roads. A regular quota hunt permit is required to hunt from Nov. 17-23. A daily hunt permit is required during the archery, general gun, small game and spring turkey seasons. Daily permits are issued at check stations on a first-come, first-served basis and must be in the hunter's possession while on the area.

Big Bend WMA - Jena Unit: (12,522 acres in Dixie County)
Habitat: coastal hardwood, cypress swamp and pine plantations. Deer Hunting, Poor; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Poor; Turkey Hunting, Poor; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Yes; ATVs, Yes/designated roads. Dog hunting is allowed throughout the area, but is restricted to dogs with a shoulder height of 17 inches or less. Hunts scheduled include general gun, small game and spring turkey seasons. A quota permit is required to hunt the first nine days of the general gun season.

Big Bend WMA - Snipe Island Unit: (10,688 acres in Taylor County)
Habitat: planted pine, coastal hardwoods and some cypress swamp. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Good; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Fair; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Prohibited; ATVs, Prohibited. This is the first year the area is open to big game hunting, and it should prove productive. Hunts scheduled include archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey. A quota hunt permit is required for the first nine days of the archery season, the muzzleloading gun season, first nine days of general gun season and the first 16 days of the spring turkey season.

Big Bend WMA - Spring Creek Unit: (14,600 acres in Taylor County)
Habitat: planted pine plantations and some hardwood. Deer Hunting, Poor; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Fair; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Yes; ATVs, Yes/Restricted to Roads. The total area is open to dog hunting, and there is no still hunt area. Hunts scheduled include archery, general gun, small game and spring turkey. A quota hunt permit is required for the first nine days of general gun season. There also is a designated dove field on the area, and dove hunting is allowed on Saturdays during the first phase of the mourning dove season. During other phases, doves may be hunted throughout the area, but only on Saturdays in designated dove fields.

Big Bend WMA - Tide Swamp Unit: (19,538 acres in Taylor County)
Habitat: coastal hardwood, pine plantations and lowland hardwood swamp. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Good; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Poor; Camping, Dogs and ATVs, Prohibited. Hunts scheduled include archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game, and spring turkey. A quota hunt permit is required for muzzleloading gun and the first nine days of the general gun hunt. A daily permit, available at the check station, is required to be in possession of the hunter for all hunts.

Big Shoals WMA: (2,140 acres in Hamilton County)
Habitat: river bottom hardwoods, upland hardwoods and pine flatwoods. Several creeks flow through the area. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, none; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Fair; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Prohibited; ATVs, Prohibited; Hiking, horses, biking, allowed. All hunts are short duration, and a quota hunt permit is required to hunt the area. Hunts include archery, muzzleloading gun, small game and spring turkey. Still hunts only.

Camp Blanding WMA: (56,197 acres in Clay County)
Habitat: planted pines, mature pines, turkey oak ridges and bottomland hardwoods. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Fair; Turkey Hunting, Excellent; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Dog Hunt Area or bird dogs; ATVs, Prohibited. The area is currently closed due to military security. However, limited hunting is planned for the still portion of the area during the established seasons. If security demands remain at the current level, no hunting will be allowed south of S.R. 16. Hunting is planned in a portion of the archery only area during the general gun season. Hunters should check with the FWC's Lake City Regional Office at (386) 758-0525 for current status of the area.

Cedar Key Scrub WMA: (4,988 acres in Levy County)
Habitat: coastal scrub oak and cypress swamp. Deer Hunting, Fair; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Poor; Turkey Hunting, Poor; Walk-in only, Camping, Dogs and ATVs, Prohibited; Hunts are short duration and a quota hunt permit is required on all hunts. Scheduled hunts include archery, muzzleloading gun and general gun.

Chassahowitzka WMA: (33,919 acres in Citrus and Hernando counties)
Habitat: coastal hardwood hammock, planted pines, cutover sandhill scrub and wet prairies. Deer Hunting, Fair; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, Fair; Small Game Hunting, Fair; Turkey Hunting, Fair (archery only); Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Yes; ATVs, Prohibited. Dog hunting and still hunting opportunities are available on this area. Hunts schedule include archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey. Quota hunt permits are required for the first nine days of archery season, muzzleloading gun season, first nine days of general gun and the spring turkey hunt.

Citrus WMA: (49,042 acres in Citrus and Hernando counties)
Habitat: rolling sandhills, longleaf pine and turkey oak. Deer Hunting, Fair; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, Fair; Small Game Hunting, Fair; Turkey Hunting, Closed; Camping, Yes (at designated campsites); Dogs, Prohibited; ATVs, Prohibited. Only deer having one or more antlers at least five-inches long are legal game. Antlerless deer are not legal during any season. Hunts scheduled include archery, muzzleloading gun, modern gun and small game seasons. A quota hunt permit is required to hunt on this area, except during the small game hunt and after the first nine days of archery season.

Croom WMA: (20,555 acres in Hernando and Sumter counties)
Habitat: turkey oak ridges, natural pine stands and cypress swamps. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, No fall season; Camping, Yes; Dogs, Bird Dogs and small game; ATVs, Motorcycle Area. A special quota hunt permit is required to hunt during the muzzleloading gun season and a regular quota hunt permit is required for the first nine days of the general gun season. A spring turkey quota hunt permit is required for the spring turkey season. No quota permit is required for the small game season. Camping requires permit from Division of Forestry at (352) 754-6896.

Cypress Creek WMA: (1,328 acres in Hamilton County)
Habitat: river bottom and upland hardwoods with some pines. Deer Hunting, Fair; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Fair; Camping, Dogs and ATVs, Prohibited. All hunts are short duration and a quota hunt permit is required to hunt on this area (no exemptions). Hunts scheduled include archery, muzzleloading gun and spring turkey. No quota permit is required for the small game season.

Devil's Hammock WMA: (7,635 acres in Levy County)
Habitat: bottomland hardwoods, cutover pine and cypress swamp. Deer Hunting, Excellent; Hog Hunting, Excellent; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Excellent; Turkey Hunting, Good; Camping, Dogs and ATVs, Prohibited. The property was recently purchased by Suwannee River Water Management District and Levy County, and this is the second year of public hunting. Hunts scheduled for the area include archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey. All hunts except small game season require a quota hunt permit. There are no exemptions for this area.

Flying Eagle WMA: (10,247 acres in Citrus County)
Habitat: freshwater marsh, dry oak hammock and improved pasture. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Good; Migratory Bird Hunting, Good; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Good; Camping, Prohibited when open to hunting; Dogs, Prohibited; ATVs, Prohibited. All hunts scheduled for the area require a quota hunt permit (except small game). Hunts scheduled include archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey.

Goethe WMA: (45,217 acres in Levy County)
Habitat: pine flatwoods, cypress swamp and creekside hardwoods. Deer Hunting, Fair; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Poor; Turkey Hunting, Fair; Camping, Prohibited when open to hunting; Dogs, Yes/General Gun-Dog Hunt; ATVs, Prohibited; No quota permit required for archery and small game season. Quota permit required for muzzleloading gun, general gun-still hunt, general gun-dog hunt and spring turkey seasons.

Grove Park WMA: (20,333 acres in Alachua County)
Habitat: planted pine plantations, hardwood swamp, water oak and live oak ridges. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, Fair; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Good; Camping, No; Dogs, Bird Dogs Only; ATVs, Yes/Established Roads. Hunts scheduled on the area include archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, and spring turkey. A $325 recreational use permit is required to hunt this area and there are no exemptions.

Gulf Hammock WMA: (24,625 acres in Levy County)
Habitat: pine plantations, cypress swamp and coastal hardwood. Deer Hunting, Fair; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Fair; Turkey Hunting, Fair; Camping, Only at designated sites; Dogs, Yes; ATVs, Yes, on established roads; Hunts scheduled for the area include archery, general gun and spring turkey seasons. A new Recreational Use Permit is now required to participate in all hunts on the area.

Holton Creek WMA: (2,531 acres in Hamilton County)
Habitat: river bluff hardwoods and pine plantations. Deer Hunting, Excellent; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, None; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Good; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Prohibited; ATVs, Only for mobility-impaired hunts; Hiking, horses and bicycles allowed. Holton Creek is open only for mobility-impaired hunts. Hunters must possess a mobility-impaired quota hunt permit. There are 40 available for the general gun hunt and 10 for each spring turkey hunt.

Homosassa WMA: (5,514 acres in Citrus County)
Habitat: forested wetlands, planted pine and improved pasture. Deer Hunting, Closed; Hog Hunting, Good; Migratory Bird Hunting, Good; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Excellent; Camping, Dogs and ATVs, Prohibited. This area offers a small game hunt, a hog hunt, and a special opportunity turkey hunt.The general gun hog hunt requires a quota permit and the special-opportunity turkey hunt requires the $175 special-opportunity quota hunt permit. Participants are required to register at the hunt headquarters and check all game.

Jennings Forest WMA: (20,263 acres in Clay County)
Habitat: creek-bottom hardwoods, pines and turkey oak ridges. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Excellent; Camping, Primitive camping with permit; Dogs, Prohibited; ATVs, Prohibited. Hunts scheduled on the area include archery, supervised small game, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey. All hunts except small game require a quota hunt permit.

Lochloosa WMA: (11,149 acres in Alachua County)
Habitat: planted pine plantations, water oak and live oak ridges. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, Fair; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Good; Camping, Yes/Permit required; Dogs, Yes; ATVs, Yes/Established Roads. Hunts scheduled on the area include archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, and spring turkey. A quota hunt permit is required to hunt on this area during the entire 58 days (2 quotas 1st 23 days and last 35 days) of the general gun season. Dog hunt only.

Mallory Swamp WMA: (29,463 acres in Lafayette County)
Habitat: dense vegetation resulting from a 2001 wildfire and hardwood hammock. Deer Hunting, Fair; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, Fair; Small Game Hunting, Poor; Turkey Hunting, Poor; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Yes in Designated Areas; ATVs, Prohibited.

Orange Creek Small Game Area: (1,767 acres in Alachua and Marion counties)
Habitat: freshwater marsh. Deer Hunting, Closed; Hog Hunting, Closed; Migratory Bird Hunting, Good; Small Game Hunting, Closed; Turkey Hunting, Closed; Camping, Dogs and ATVs, Prohibited. The area is owned and operated by the St. Johns Water Management District and the District sells a $25 hunt permit that is good for one weekend hunt. The permit is available through the Marion County Tax Collector's Office.

Osceola WMA: (266,270 acres in Baker and Columbia counties)
Habitat: pine flatwoods and cypress swamps. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Fair; Turkey Hunting, Excellent; Camping, Designated sites; Dogs, Yes; ATVs, Off-road only/limited area. Hunts scheduled include archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey. There also is a fox, raccoon, opossum and bobcat season in the dog hunt portion of the area, which is set for Aug. 3 - Sept. 24. Osceola has a unique muzzleloading gun season that lasts eight days. This is an excellent hunting opportunity for black powder enthusiasts.

PCS-Phosphate WMA: (3,992 acres in Hamilton County)
Habitat: phosphate slime ponds and settling ponds. Deer Hunting, Closed; Hog Hunting, Closed; Migratory Bird Hunting, Excellent; Small Game Hunting, Closed; Turkey Hunting; Closed; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Retrievers; ATVs, Prohibited; Boats, restricted to electric motors. The area is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays for duck and coot hunting during the seasons established by the FWC. Check stations open at 5 a.m., and hunters must exit the area by 1 p.m. each hunt day.

Potts WMA: (7,408 acres in Citrus County)
Habitat: forested wetlands, mixed upland forest and improved pasture. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Good; Migratory Bird Hunting, Fair; Small Game Hunting, Excellent; Turkey Hunting, Good; Camping, Designated Campsites; Dogs, Hog-Dog season; ATVs, Prohibited. Hunts scheduled include archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun hog-dog, small game and spring turkey. A special quota hunt permit is required to hunt during the archery and muzzleloading gun seasons. A regular quota hunt permit is required for each group of two hunters to hunt during the general gun hog-dog hunt (no exemptions).

Raiford WMA: (16,200 acres in Bradford and Union counties)
Habitat: natural pines, pine plantations and lowland hardwoods. Deer Hunting, Good; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Poor; Turkey Hunting, Good; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Prohibited; ATVs, Designated Roads. Hunts scheduled include archery, muzzleloading gun, archery/muzzleloading gun and spring turkey. A quota hunt permit is required to hunt during the muzzleloading gun, archery/muzzleloading gun and spring turkey seasons.

San Pedro Bay WMA: (46,528 acres in Madison and Taylor counties)
Habitat: Cypress swamp, limited hardwood and pine plantations. Deer Hunting, Fair; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Poor; Turkey Hunting, Poor; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Yes; ATVs, Yes/Established Roads. This is a User-Pay area with a cost of $225 per person. San Pedro Bay WMA is total dog hunt area and offers no still hunt area.

Santa Fe Swamp Wildlife and Environmental Area: (5,627 acres in Bradford County)
Habitat: dense swamp with approximately 640 acres of upland pines and hardwood. Deer Hunting, Poor; Hog Hunting, Poor; Migratory Bird Hunting, Poor; Small Game Hunting, Poor; Turkey Hunting, Poor; Camping, Dogs and ATVs, Prohibited. This area is the headwaters of the Santa Fe River, and most land area is dense vegetation with little value to game wildlife. The upland portion is about 640 acres, and some deer travel through the area. No quota permit is required for this area.

Twin Rivers WMA: (9,288 acres in Hamilton and Suwannee counties)
Habitat: river bottom hardwoods, upland hardwoods, natural pines and planted pine plantations. Deer Hunting, Excellent; Hog Hunting, Fair; Migratory Bird Hunting, None; Small Game Hunting, Good; Turkey Hunting, Good; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Prohibited; ATVs, Prohibited; Hiking, horses and bicycles allowed. The area is known for producing quality deer. Hunts scheduled include archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, small game and spring turkey. A quota permit is required to hunt on this area with 30 issued per hunt. Additionally, 30 daily permits are issued first-come, first-serve at the check station.

Twin Rivers WMA - Blue Springs Unit: (1,973 acres in Hamilton County)
Habitat: mature pines, pine plantations and wiregrass. Deer Hunting, Closed; Hog Hunting, Closed; Migratory Bird Hunting, Closed; Small Game Hunting, Closed; Turkey Hunting, Closed; Bird Dog Training allowed; Camping, Prohibited; Dogs, Bird Dogs allowed; ATVs, Prohibited; Hiking, horseback riding and bicycling allowed. The area is open to bird dog training and a free daily permit is required. One bird dog training permit entitles one group of up to four persons and six dogs to participate in one dog-training day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Bayard, Little River, Middle Aucilla and Troy Springs: FWC handles these areas administratively and through Law Enforcement. Water management district personnel works on these areas. For information on Bayard WMA, please call (407) 659-4872. For questions pertaining to area resources on Little River, Middle Aucilla and Troy Springs WMAs, call (386) 362-1001.

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