Lake Wales Ridge - Planning Your Visit

photo of Lake Wales Ridge

Hunting is approved only on the Royce Unit. The most comfortable time to visit is during the winter. To see rare and more common plants blooming, visit in the late spring or early fall, although some of the rare plants flower during the summer.










Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations

Hunting Regulations and Maps 

Lake Wales Ridge - Royce Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance Adobe PDF
(Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons.Adobe PDF)

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2015 through June 2016)
Archery September 25-27 and October 16-18
General Gun November 20-22
Small Game December 11-13, 25-27; January 22-24 and 29-31
Spring Turkey - Youth March 12-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 19-21 and April 1-3 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Wild Hog-Still May 7-8 and 14-15

FWC Facts:
Whooping cranes mate for life, but they will take a new mate after the loss of the original. The pair will return to use and defend the same nesting and wintering territory year after year.

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