Recreational opportunities are available on Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area year-round. In October, there is a supervised youth small game hunt. Paddling on the Ocklawaha is especially pleasant in the fall when temperatures are lower and scarlet hibiscus along the banks are in bloom. Horseback riding, hiking, and biking are best in the fall and spring on non-hunting days. Spring is an excellent time for birders who may see as many as 15 swallow-tailed kites circling the area. Fishing on the Ocklawaha is generally best in May and June.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps 

Caravelle Ranch 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)
Archery September 20-28
Special Opportunity Dove October 4 and 11, November 29, December 13 and 27 and January 10 (Shooting hours are from noon until sunset.)
Supervised Small Game October 4-12
Muzzleloading Gun October 24-26
General Gun November 8-16
Small Game November 20 through January 4 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
Spring Turkey - Youth March 7-8 (south of the Cross Florida Barge Canal only) Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m
Spring Turkey March 21-29 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)


FWC Facts:
Male cardinals are extremely territorial in the spring, often attacking other birds or even their own reflection in windows. The attacks can go on for hours.

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