Where is the best quail hunting in Ocala WMA?
by Neal Lang
(Salt Springs, FL, USA)
January 8, 2011, QUESTION: Are there any good quail hunting areas in the Ocala WMA Florida?
ANSWER: Not being familiar with the wildlife management areas in the northeast region, I'm not going to be able to point you in any particular area in the Ocala WMA to find quail. However, in the southwest region, the Babcock/Webb WMA in Charlotte County, about 1 1/2 hours south of Tampa, has been managed for quail for quite a long time by Quail Forever in conjunction with FWC. And in the northwest region, there is the Blackwater-Carr Unit, about 590 acres in Santa Rosa County; or the Apalachicola Quail Enhancement Area in Leon County. All of which aren't real close to you. But they're the only management areas I know of that have managed quail populations.
Although I'm sure that there are quail in the Ocala WMA, they are just not managed. So a savy hunter, possibly with the assistance of a good bird dog, may be able to find some huntable populations.
If there are any quail hunters in the Ocala WMA, feel free to chime in with your suggestions to help Neal out!
Looking forward to input from other hunters.