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.

Kenny Presnell

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Jan 17, 2016
Quail in Ocala Forest
by: Shane

I've been working my EP's the last 3 weekends and have found birds every time out. Best day was 4 coveys and 8 singles. Biggest covey was 13. I live N of Ocala so it's been convenient and productive.

Nov 08, 2014
by: Butch

I have a wirehaired Pointing Griffon. I live at the edge of the Ocala National forest. I need a place to work my dog. Who has a great nose just needs some birds. I have been away from Florida since 1993 and am back, retired and need to find some birds. Nothing like watching a good birddog work !libido

Jan 10, 2011
Re: Thanks
by: Neal

Hi, Kenny,

Thanks for you reply. I have been hunting Ocala Forest WMA, almost all of it in the Lake Delancy Area. I have not seen many quail, but have, on occassion "busted" a covey or two. I was hoping that some quail hunters might know areas in the area of Ocala Forest WMA that might be holding some birds.

Again, thank you for your response. It's awhile since I have done a bird hunting, and as I was retirement in the Forest, thought it might be nice to get a dog (Weimaraner - have owned 4) and train him to hunt and point quail - but it helps to be able to put them on birds when training.



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