photo hunter
David Moynahan

In support of the resource management goals and objectives for the area and to provide a quality experience for all area users, the following recreation activities are allowed.

 

Hunting

Good small game, turkey, and hog hunting and excellent deer hunting opportunities are available. Approximately 200 acres of wildlife openings exist, and food plots or dove fields are planned for previously disturbed sites.

Hunting with dogs is prohibited except bird dogs and dogs with a shoulder height of 15 inches or less during the small game season.

Half Moon provides habitat to a very stable deer population with an estimated density of about 60 deer per square mile.

 

Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar

 

 

photo fishing dock/viewing deck
Nancy Dwyer

Fishing

Fish for largemouth bass, sunfish, and catfish in one of the 15 ponds on the area. These ponds were dug when the area was privately owned to provide water for cattle. A viewing deck/fishing dock can be accessed 2.5 miles inside area on main road. Fishing license information.

 

Wildlife Viewing

The interspersion of vegetation types on Half Moon attracts species that use two or more natural communities, resulting in a rich diversity of terrestrial vertebrates. Migratory warblers are abundant in March and April and also during fall migration. A viewing deck/fishing dock can be accessed 2.5 miles inside area on main road. You may also request a copy or download or print the Half Moon Bird List PDF. Visit the Wildlife page for more information about the area's wildlife.

 

Hiking

A multiple-use trail system exists on the tract; maps/brochures are available at the front gate or you can print the Half Moon Trail Map and Half Moon Tram Trail Map PDF. Foot traffic only is allowed south of Mill Creek on the portion of property owned by Southwest Florida Water Management District.

 

photo cyclists on trail
Nancy Dwyer

Biking

A multiple-use trail system exists on the tract; maps/brochures are available at the front gate or you can print the Half Moon Trail Map and Half Moon Tram Trail Map PDF.  For much of its length, the trail follows the remains of an old logging tram through shady forest and swamp.

 

Horseback Riding

Horses are prohibited during archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, and spring turkey seasons.  Children under the age of 16 are required to wear a helmet when riding on public lands.  For more detailed information go to Nicole's Law PDF.  All horseback riders must have proof of current negative Coggins Test results for their horses when on state lands.  A multiple-use trail system exists on the tract; maps/brochures are available at the front gate or you can print the Half Moon Trail Map and Half Moon Tram Trail Map PDF

 

Paddling

Opportunities are available on the Withlachochee River and Gum Slough. No access available from the management area.



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