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 2015 through June 2016)
Fox, Raccoon, Opossum and Bobcat Allowed year round except the use of dogs is prohibited during spring turkey season (March 19 through April 24)
Archery October 24 through November 22
Small Game November 14 through March 6
General Gun November 26-29 and December 12 through February 3
Trapping December 1 through March 1
Muzzleloding Gun December 5-7
Archery/Muzzleloading Gun February 4-14
Spring Turkey March 19 through April 24 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Wild Hog-Dog Season July 17-19, August 21-23, September 18-20, May 20-22 and June 17-19 (wild hog-dog area only)
Black Bear October 24-30 Details

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

FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes, the tallest of North American birds, stand nearly 5 feet tall. Their wingspan measures between 7 and 8 feet.

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