My wife Brenda and I have driven through and admired the beautiful scenery of the Apalachee while on our way to see grandma in Dothan, Alabama. But we haven't had the chance to stop and hunt here yet.
On one such trip, we stopped at Hardees in Chattahoochee for coffee before crossing over the Apalachicola bridge. There we met a couple of happy hunters showing off a pair of prize gobblers they had recently taken. I do believe I need to find the time to stop and shoot the turkeys!
A quota permit is required during general gun and spring turkey hunting season, and recreational access is allowed.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says that the Apalachee consists of nearly 8,000 acres along the Chattahoochee River and Lake Seminole in Jackson County three miles north of Sneads.
The area is divided into three zones. The largest, Zone A, has approximately 520 acres of agricultural fields and encompasses many types of habitat: wetlands and ponds, rich bottomlands, and open stands of stately longleaf pines that tower over the wiregrass on upland areas.
Zones B and C are primarily floodplain forests. Scenic River Road (CR 271) bisects much of the WMA and provides easy access for wildlife viewing year round. Wildlife you might see includes alligators, bald eagles, herons, gopher tortoise, fox squirrels, and beavers. Deer and duck hunting are good on the area. Some of the biggest deer in the state have come from Apalachee. The WMA also offers the best public land prospects for quail hunters in northwest Florida.
To see a brochure for the complete regulations summary and area map, click on the following: