In mid-August, birders are drawn to Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area as the fall migration of warblers begins. Bald eagles are present throughout the year. Opportunities for hunting on Three Lakes occur during many days in the fall and winter. On the Prairie Lakes Unit, there are fewer hunting days. (The Sunset Ranch tract is closed to hunting.) Hiking, biking, and horseback riding are likely to be most pleasant on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring when water levels are likely to be lower and temperatures cooler. On the lakes, specks are generally abundant January through March, and fishing for bluegill and redear sunfish is generally best late spring through the summer. Catfish may be caught at Parker Slough and Jackson Canal throughout the year.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations

Three Lakes:

Hunting Regulations and Map  | Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance * Adobe PDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2015 through June 2016)
Archery September 19 through October 18
Muzzleloading Gun October 24-26
General Gun Mobility Impaired October 30 through November 1 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
General Gun November 7 through January 3
General  Gun-Dog December 10-13 and December 31 through January 3 (east of Canoe Creek Road)
Small Game January 4 through March 6

Additional Raccoon


January 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31 (only between the Florida Turnpike and U.S. 441) (1 1/2 hours before sunset on Friday until 1 1/2 hours after sunrise on Sunday)
Additional Quail Hunting (Quail enhancement area only) - January through February (Wednesdays and Saturdays only, maximum of 16 days)
Spring Turkey - Youth March 12-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)
Spring Turkey March 19 through April 24 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.)



Prairie Lakes Unit:

Hunting Regulations and Map  | Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance* Adobe PDF

Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2015 through June 2016)
Archery October 2-4 and 9-11
Muzzleloading Gun October 30 through November 1
General Gun November 20-22 and 27-29
Wild Hog-Still December 4-6; January 8-10, 29-31 and February 26-28
Small Game December 12 through January 3
Spring Turkey - Youth March 12-13 
Spring Turkey March 19-21, April 1-3 and 15-17 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset.)



(*Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons.Adobe PDF)

FWC Facts:
The oystercatcher is one of the largest and heaviest of Florida's shorebirds. It is striking in appearance: dark brown, black and white, with a bright red bill.

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