Half Moon Wildlife Management Area (WMA)

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7 miles West of I-75 off SR 44
Rutland, FL 33538

(850) 488-4676
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Halfmoon WMA

Half Moon WMA is a 9,554-acre composite of wetlands, hammocks, flatwoods, and improved pasture. The Withlacoochee River borders the area to the west and Ventura Ranch borders Half Moon on the east. Mill Creek and Gum Slough, scenic spring-fed tributaries of the Withlacoochee, traverse the area. Half Moon’s scrubby flatwoods are home to a small population of threatened Florida scrub-jays.

Portions of Half Moon are recharge areas for the Floridan aquifer, the source of most of Florida’s drinking water. Here limestone of the Upper Floridan aquifer is visible at the land surface.

Excellent opportunities exist for a variety of recreational activities, including horseback riding, wildlife viewing, biking, hiking, fishing, and hunting. Half Moon’s array of wetlands contributes significantly to floral, fauna, and habitat diversity.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has completed the Half Moon WMA Management Plan detailing the agency’s vast data and comprehensive plan for the WMA. Everything you wanted to know about Half Moon WMA but didn’t know to ask!

(23 MB PDF; May take several minutes to open or download.)

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Recreational Opportunities
Bicycling
• 24 miles of designated or marked multiuse trails.
• Use only marked trails.
• Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.
Equestrian Use
• 24 miles of marked or designated multiuse trails.
• Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.
• Equestrian use not permitted during hunting seasons.
• Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.
Fishing
• Designated freshwater ponds open for fishing.
• Contact FWC for license requirements.
Hiking
• 24 miles of trails.
• During hunts, hikers are encouraged to wear hunter orange or other bright color above the waist.
• Wet crossings are present along tram road.
Hunting
• Contact FWC for information regarding license requirements and permits.
• FWC rules and regulations must be observed throughout the year.
Picnic Facilities
• Picnic facilities throughout property.

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Access and Parking
• Travel west on SR 44 approximately 7 miles to CR 247. Head north on CR 247 to public entrance gate.
• ADA access and facilities available.
Restrooms and Water
Restrooms and water available at check station.
Location
Northwestern Sumter County

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