Hunting in Jackson County is a seasonal pastime enjoyed by locals and visitors of all ages. The thrill of the hunt calls sportsmen to the woods year after year for many different species. Jackson County is home to thousands of acres of public lands that are open to licensed hunters. Whitetail deer, wild hogs, turkeys, small game, and waterfowl can be found along the Chipola River in the Chipola River Wildlife Management Area and near Lake Seminole in the Apalachee Wildlife Management Area. As with any public lands, there are strict rules in place to protect not only the users, but the environment as well.
If public lands hunting isn’t your style, Jackson County is also home to guided hunting services on private lands. At Lilypad Ranch, guests can rent a cabin or bring their RV for a private hunting experience close to the Florida-Alabama state line. Deer, turkey, and hogs roam a 1,680 acre piece of property that borders tributaries of the Chipola River. Bontrager Whitetails in Marianna offers a different kind of hunting experience – guided trophy whitetail hunts. Dr. Bontrager has spent years breeding and refining his trophy deer bloodline. Guests are guaranteed to be placed on a trophy deer to harvest for each three day hunt. Prices vary depending on size, score, and other variables of the deer on the property. Bontrager Whitetails is a trophy hunter’s destination.
Hunting typically takes place from dawn to dusk, but season dates change from year to year. It’s important to always check for current rules and regulations, obtain the proper licenses and permits, and ensure the safety of yourself and other individuals who may be utilizing the land. All hunters in Florida must possess a valid hunting license issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
More information on licenses, permits, seasons, regulations, bag limits, maps, and more can be found at MyFWC.