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 2013 through June 2014)
Fox, Raccoon, Opossum and Bobcat Allowed year round except the use of dogs is prohibited during spring turkey season (March 15 through April 20)
Archery October 26 through November 24
Small Game November 9 through March 2
General Gun November 28 - December 1 and December 14 - February 5
Trapping December 1 through March 1
Muzzleloding Gun December 7-9
Archery/Muzzleloading Gun February 6-16
Spring Turkey March 15 through April 20 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Wild Hog-Dog Season July 19-21, August 16-18 and September 20-22, 2013; and May 16-18 and June 20-22, 2014 (wild hog-dog area only)


FWC Facts:
The spatulate bill of the roseate spoonbill has sensitive nerve endings that help it detect prey, and the shape helps the bird move sediment and catch the prey.

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