bird watching

On Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area there are always opportunities for outdoor recreation. Fishing can be excellent throughout the year. Paddling can also be done year-round but the best times are generally the fall and spring when temperatures are pleasant and bugs are few. 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.






Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps 

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

Seasons SummaryDates (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)


FWC Facts:
According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 66.1 million people engage in wildlife observation, spending about $38.5 billion per year.

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