Apalachicola River - Planning Your Visit


Opportunities for outdoor recreation are available year-round. Fishing can be excellent throughout the year. Paddling is good year-round but the best times are fall and spring when temperatures are pleasant and there are fewer bugs. Birding opportunities are also at their peak during the fall and spring. Hunting opportunities vary, with archery season beginning in October through spring turkey season ending in April.

Apalachicola River Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance PDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2014 through June 2015)
Fox, Raccoon, Opossum and Bobcat Allowed year round except the use of dogs is prohibited during spring turkey season (March 21 through April 26)
Archery October 25 through November 23
Small Game November 8 through March 1
General Gun November 27-30 and December 13 - February 4
Trapping December 1 through March 1
Muzzleloding Gun December 6-8
Archery/Muzzleloading Gun February 5-15
Spring Turkey March 21 through April 26 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Wild Hog-Dog Season July 18-20, August 15-17, September 19-21, May 15-17 and June 19-21 (wild hog-dog area only)

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

FWC Facts:
The oystercatcher is one of the largest and heaviest of Florida's shorebirds. It is striking in appearance: dark brown, black and white, with a bright red bill.

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