Soon the temperatures will begin to ease from summer’s heat and cool breezes will blow down from the hills and mountains. Before long, the urge to dress in bright orange will become irresistible. No, not for Halloween – for a great getaway to the wilderness! It’s nearly time to gather your buddies and take to the woods for hunting, fishing, and laughs. Combine the all-time favorite activities of fishing, hunting, and hiking that makes Wekiva Falls a premier destination for hunters.
While we don’t offer hunting on the Wekiva Falls property, guests love to use our resort as a base camp for their hunting activities! So If you are looking for the prime hunting spots in Florida, you are going to want to pay close attention to the wildlife management areas that have been established by the state. These areas have been created to manage quotas and keep track of animal populations and harvest numbers so that Florida can always know how well its population control efforts are going. Luckily, the best places to hunt in Florida are also close to some great locales, allowing outdoorsmen to enjoy the state to the fullest.
Here are just a few locations to get you started.
If you are new to Florida, visiting for a short period of time, or just generally have no idea where to go for a good hunting experience, then Roberts Ranch isn’t a bad place to start. Located in Palatka – which is less than an hour’s drive east of Gainesville – Roberts Ranch offers a three-day guided hunting experience that includes wild hogs, turkey, and some of the biggest whitetail deer in the state.
Apalachicola National Forest
If you thought Florida was all beaches and swampland, this WMA will change your mind. Covering a massive swath of land just shy of 600,000 acres in size, the Apalachicola National Forest is a vast forest area located in Florida’s panhandle and crisscrossed by easily navigated road systems. The forest plays host to both regular rifle-and-bow hunters and deer dogs – a popular hunting sport in Florida – and is the perfect place to go if you are looking to lose yourself in nature and find a few deer along the way.
Ocala National Forest
The last of the “big 3” hunting forests in Florida, Ocala is made up of 385,000 acres in the north-central region of the state. The hunting isn’t quite as good as in Apalachicola and Big Cypress, but resourceful hunters will easily be able to find more than a few ace spots.
Hunters in the Orlando area will love Green Swamp – located west of the city – for its free-for-all no quota hunting. You will need to get a day pass from a park ranger to hunt the area, but a day of hunting in Green Swamp will make the momentary hassle worth it. This place is crawling with deer, and you can take as many as you can bring down in a day.