Fees

A Daily-Use Permit is not currently required to enter this area. Hunters must possess a hunting license, Wildlife Management Area stamp and quota hunt permit, except that a quota hunt permit is not required during small game season.

 

Facilities

Check station (operated seasonally)

Map of Spirit of the Wild WMA Adobe PDF

 

road at Spirit-of-the-Wild
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Public Access

The area is open to public access year round.

Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar

 

Vehicle use regulations

  • Vehicles may be operated only on named or numbered roads, except that during archery, muzzleloading gun and general gun seasons vehicles may also be operated on numbered trails by individuals participating in the hunt.
  • The use of airboats, all-terrain vehicles, swamp buggies, tracked vehicles and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles is prohibited, except that swamp buggies and all-terrain vehicles may be operated during the archery, muzzleloading gun and general gun seasons by individuals participating in the hunt.  All-terrain vehicles may only be operated on roads open for other vehicles.
  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  • During hunting periods, horses are prohibited.
  • Horses are allowed on named and numbered roads and designated horse trails only.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "closed to public access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
  • Hunting deer or wild hog with dogs is prohibited. Bird dogs or retrievers may be used during small game and migratory bird seasons. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "closed to public access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes can be used to trail wounded game.

Location

Located in Hendry County, about 12 miles south of LaBelle; 15 miles north of Immokalee.

From Sebring: Take U.S. 27 south to S.R. 29 south to LaBelle. From LaBelle take SR. 29 south and turn left on C.R. 832. The entrance is approximately 2 miles down C.R. 832 on the left.

From Ft. Myers: Take S.R. 80 east to LaBelle. From LaBelle take SR. 29 south and turn left on C.R. 832. The entrance is approximately 1 mile down C.R. 832 on the left.

View a location map Adobe PDF

 

Nearby

Dinner Island Ranch Wildlife Management Area (23 miles southeast), Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest (6 miles east)

 

Nearest Cities/Towns

La Belle (12 miles north), Immokalee (15 miles south)



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