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Baird Unit-Richloam WMA is one of seven tracts of the Withlacoochee State Forest. It is north of Richloam WMA and south of State Road 50 in southern Sumter County. This 11,000-plus-acre area consists primarily of pine flatwoods, bottomland hardwoods, and cypress swamp. The extensive cypress swamp provides excellent nesting sites for heron, white ibis, bald eagle, and wood stork. Alligator, gray squirrel, white-tailed deer, and wild hogs are common. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, hiking, and bicycling. This is a quota hunt area, and white-tailed deer, hog, and turkey hunting are all excellent. Camping is prohibited.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative codes. 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 is prohibited, except bird dogs and retrievers are allowed during the small game season. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative codes. 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.

Also see the Richloam website.


  • Visit Florida Forest Service's information on Withlacoochee State Forest for reservations, fees, facilities, activity permits for individuals and groups, and restrictions during hunt seasons and special events.

  • View FWC's Regulations Summary for Baird Unit for an area map, hunting seasons, permits, fees, and area regulations.



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