SRWMD Expands Hunting Opportunities to the Public

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LIVE OAK, FL, October 24, 2012 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has added nearly 10,000 additional acres that are available to the public for hunting.

Eight additional tracts, totaling 3,901 acres, have been added in the District’s Log Landing Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which is located in Gilchrist and Dixie counties. The Steinhatchee Springs WMA has one new tract in Dixie County with 3,559 acres. The Santa Fe Swamp Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA) in Bradford and Alachua counties has one additional tract with1,743 acres.

“We’re trying to provide as many recreation opportunities for the public as possible,” said District Land Management Specialist Edwin McCook.

Deer, hog, turkey and small game hunting is available on these and other District lands from September-April. Hunting on District lands is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as WMAs or WEAs.

The District also has hunting opportunities available within a portion of the Andrew’s WMA, Osceola WMA, Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

Holton Creek is a mobility impaired hunting area. It is closed to the public during hunt dates, except to persons hiking the Florida Trail. Persons using WMAs are required to have appropriate licenses, permits and stamps.

Regulations vary from area to area. For information, including maps of the hunting areas, hunting regulations, and other related information, please visit the District’s website at For more information, contact Edwin McCook at 386.362.1001 or 800.226.1066 (FL only).