Yellow River Wildlife Management Area

Managed in cooperation with
Northwest Florida Water Management District
Florida Forest Service

 

Photo Black Bear
© Mike Orlando
Florida black bear

Yellow River WMA covers more than 28,000 acres between Milton and Crestview in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. The area runs for over 20 miles along the Yellow River including the protection of a small portion of the Shoal River where it empties into the Yellow. The area also includes the 2,337-acre Grassy Point Conservation Area, which encompasses Escribano Point, and fronts Blackwater Bay. A wide variety of natural communities are found on the area including sandhill, upland pine forests, slope forests, wet prairie, and floodplain forests. Here you'll find Florida black bear, green sturgeon, and endemic mayflies as well as Florida anise, mountain laurel, and spider lilies. Recreational activities include hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, primitive camping and wildlife viewing. Camping is permitted throughout the area except in the Grassy Point Conservation Area where camping is allowed only at designated campsites. Numerous boat landings along the Yellow River provide access to the area. Vehicular access is limited, but is available on River Road located north of Milligan and Trawick Creek Road near Holt (Okaloosa County), and Ward Basin Road (Santa Rosa County). The Grassy Point Conservation Area can be accessed through Eglin Air Force Base south of the Yellow River off of Highway 87.  Also see the Yellow River - Escribano Point Parcels website.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
  • Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting with dogs, other than bird dogs or retrievers, is prohibited, except dogs may be used to hunt raccoons and opossum during the small game and general gun seasons (except in the Grassy Point and Burnt Grocery Creek areas). Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps

Yellow River Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance Adobe PDF
(Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons.Adobe PDF)

 

Seasons SummaryDates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Archery October 25 through November 23 (except in the Grassy Point and Burnt Grocery Creek areas); October 25 through November 9 (Grassy Point area); October 25 through November 23, November 27-30, and December 13 through February 4 (Burnt Grocery Creek area)
Small Game November 8 through March 1 (except in the Grassy Point and Burnt Grocery Creek areas); November 8-16 (Grassy Point and Burnt Grocery Creek areas)
General Gun November 27-30 and December 13 through February 4 (except in the Grassy Point and Burnt Grocery Creek areas); November 27-30, January 24 through February 1 (Grassy Point area)
Trapping December 1 through March 1 (except in the Grassy Point and Burnt Grocery Creek areas)
Muzzleloading Gun December 6-8
Archery/Muzzleloading Gun  February 5-15 (except in the Grassy Point area)
Spring Turkey-Youth March 14-15 (Burnt Grocery Creek area only) (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey  March 21 through April 26 (except in the Grassy Point and Burnt Grocery Creek areas); March 21-23, April 3-5, 10-12 and 24-26 (Grassy Point and Burnt Grocery Creek areas) (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)



FWC Facts:
Sandhill cranes stand almost 4 feet tall, and their call has a distinctive bugling or rattling sound.

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