Dinner Island Wildlife Management Area offers year round opportunities for outdoor recreation. Small, high-quality hunts for deer, feral hog and migratory game birds are held on several weekends in the late summer and fall. Turkey hunts are held on four weekends between February and April. Please note that horses are not permitted during periods open to hunting, except during dove hunts.


In the late fall, winter and spring, temperatures are usually pleasant. These are the best times to hike, bike and horseback ride and to see a variety of migratory birds. Butterfly and plant enthusiasts will appreciate fall blooming wildflowers and the many species of butterflies that they attract.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps 

Dinner Island Ranch 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)
Archery August 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, and August 30 through September 2
Dove Field October 5, 12, 19 and 26; November 16, 23 and 30; December 14, 21, 28; and January 4 and 11 (Shooting hours are from noon to sunset.)
Muzzleloading Gun September 13-15
General Gun September 21-23, 27-29 and October 4-6
Family Hunt October 12-13 and 19-20
Small Game November 2 through February 16
Spring Turkey - Youth February 22-23 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 1-3, 8-10 and 29-31 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)

FWC Facts:
The number of Florida residents who participate in wildlife viewing around their homes (3.3 million) would rank them as the 22nd largest state in the nation.

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