Hunting

Deer, Turkey, and Hog
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Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs. As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping, and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management.

Permits:

Lake Woodruff NWR Hunt Permits are issued through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Recreational Licensing Issuance Services.  

To apply, click here and scroll down to "National Wildlife Refuge Hunts" and select either Lake Woodruff Deer/Hog Archery or Muzzleloading Gun or Spring Turkey Hunt.  

Permitted hunters must follow regulations in the Refuge Hunting Brochure and must sign the front of the brochure and keep it on your person while hunting.

The required Lake Woodruff NWR Hunt Brochures containing Refuge specific Federal regulations are free and available at the Refuge Visitor Information Center, Refuge kiosks, and on the Refuge website below.  

Please contact the refuge manager at (386)985-4673 ext. 200 if you have further questions. 

 

2019 Deer Hunt Brochure

2019 Deer Hunt Season Dates:

Archery I - September 14-22

Archery II - October 5-13

Primitive Gun I - October 19-21

Primitive Gun II - October 26-28

 

2020 Family Spring Turkey Hunt Brochure  

Family Spring Turkey Hunt 2020 hunt dates:

March 14-23, April 3-5, and April 17-19

This is a youth harvest only hunt. Adults (18 years or older) must acquire a free quota permit. Click here to apply for the Spring Turkey Quota Permit. The permitted adult may supervise one youth (<16 years old) and must have all other applicable State Permits. 

Permit Holders must sign the Lake Woodruff NWR Turkey Hunt Brochure which is available by clicking the above link and printing it out or by visiting the Refuge Headquarters at 2045 Mud Lake Road, DeLeon Springs, FL.

 

Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge 2018-2019 Refuge-Specific Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulations:  (clickable online link)

A. Migratory Game Bird Hunting. [Reserved]

B. Upland Game Hunting. [Reserved]

C. Big Game Hunting. We allow hunting of white-tailed deer, feral hog, and turkey on designated areas of the refuge in accordance with State regulations and subject to the following conditions:

  1. We require a valid Lake Woodruff Quota Hunt Permit, which can be purchased through Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and a valid Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge hunt permit (signed annual hunt brochure), which is free and nontransferable
  2. All hunters must be on stands or in blinds during deer hunts.
  3. We prohibit scouting in the hunt area, whether you hold a permit for the current hunt or a future hunt, during the quota hunt.
  4. Hunting areas on the refuge are seasonally closed to all public use except to permitted hunters during the season, and are marked on refuge maps. The refuge is closed between legal sunset and legal sunrise, except permitted hunters may access the refuge 2 hours prior to legal sunrise each hunting day. All hunters must leave the refuge within 2 hours of legal sunset.
  5. You may set up stands or blinds 2 days prior to the hunt for which you are permitted, and you must remove them on or before the last day of your permitted hunt. You must clearly mark stands with the hunter's name and address or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) permit number found on your hunting license. No more than one stand or blind per person may be on the refuge at any time, unless a permitted hunter is accompanied by a youth hunter. Stands and/or blinds for youth hunters must be placed within sight and normal voice contact of the permitted hunter's stand and marked with the adult permitted hunter's name and address or the FWC permit number and the word “YOUTH.”
  6. If you use flagging or other trail marking material, you must print your name or FWC permit number on each piece or marker. You may set up flagging and trail markers 2 days prior to the permitted hunt, and you must remove them on or before the last day of the permitted hunt.
  7. You must check out any game taken during the hunts at a self-check station.
  8. The Western Unit is only accessible by boat.
  9. We prohibit hunting with dogs.
  10. We prohibit accessing the refuge through the railroad right-of-way.
  11. Hunters under age 16 do not need a quota permit, but must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. Each adult may supervise one youth hunter and must remain within sight and normal voice contact; the pair must share a single bag limit unless hunting during a designated Family or Youth Hunt.
  12. We prohibit shotgun loads larger than number two shot and slugs during turkey hunts.

 

Facts About Hunting

Limited hunting is allowed on the Refuge with a permit in designated areas.

Youth are allowed to hunt with a permitted adult.

Only deer, turkey, and hog are legal to take during permitted hunts.