Hunting

Caravelle Ranch Conservation Area

24,869 acres of river bottom hardwoods, pasture and pine-palmetto flatwoods with small hammocks intermingled.

Hunting season is from September to March. Turkey hunting is excellent, while deer, migratory bird, small game, and wild hog hunting are fair to good. A special opportunity dove hunt is offered on four 50-acre dove fields. Trails are closed during hunting season.

For more information, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Northeast Region Office, 1239 S.W. 10th St., Ocala, FL. (352) 732-1225

Etoniah Creek State Forest

Etoniah Creek State Forest named for Etoniah Creek, has 7,145 acres of pine-palmetto flatwoods, sand hill, hardwood hammocks, and creek bottoms.

Deer, squirrel and turkey hunting are good, while wild hog, migratory bird, and small game hunting is fair. No dogs or ATVs are permitted. 

Etoniah Creek State Forest is located in the north-west part of the County

off S.R. 100 on Holloway Rd. For more information, contact Etoniah Creek State Forest, 390 Holloway Rd., Florahome, FL. (386) 329-2552 

Georgia-Pacific Wildlife Management Area

 3,661 acres of creek bottom hardwoods and pine palmetto flatwoods.

 Small game and turkey hunting is good, while deer, wild hog, and migratory bird hunting is fair. No dogs or ATVs are allowed.

Georgia-Pacific Wildlife Management Area is located west of Palatka on S.R. 100. For more information, contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Northeast Region

Office, 1239 S.W. 10th St., Ocala, FL. (352) 732-1225.  

Ocala National Forest

Located in Marion, Putnam and Lake Counties, the Ocala National Forest has 382,408 acres that range from dense sand pine-scrub oak communities to wet and dry prairies to longleaf pine-palmetto flatwoods.

Small game hunting is good, and deer and turkey hunting is fair to good. Hunters could encounter bears while hunting. Dogs and ATVs are allowed.

To access, travel south on S.R. 19 from Palatka approximately 15 miles. For more information, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Northeast

Region Office, 1239 S.W. 10th St., Ocala, FL. (352) 732-1225. 

Dunns Creek Conservation Area

The swamp and upland communities support a variety of animals, including numerous salamander species, toads, frogs, snakes, alligators, bobcats, raccoons, white-tailed deer and gray fox.

 Travel south from Palatka on U.S. 17 and turn east on S.R. 100. Go approximately three miles to Tram Road. Take Tram Road about one-half mile to the entrance. For

more information, contact the District’s Bureau of Land Management at (386) 329-4404.

Get a Hunting License

Toll free 1-888-486-8356 from anywhere in the United States or Canada. You’ll receive a temporary license and a permanent one will be mailed within 48 hours.

May also be purchased at:

Putnam County Tax Collectors Office (3 local offices)

312 Oak Street, Palatka

1114 Hwy 20, Interlachen

19 N. Summit Street, Crescent City

or from sub-agents who are generally located at tackle shops, fish camps, hardware stores, etc. Visit www.floridaconservation.org for more information.