Hunting on the CREW Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA) is regulated by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Hunting is an important management tool, helping to control potentially devastating wild hog populations and maintaining healthy populations of other game species.
There are several quota hunts within the CREW WEA each year:
Archery – August 7-15, 2021
Muzzleloading Gun – September 4-6 , 2021
General Gun – November 20-28, 2021
Small Game Season – December December 4, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Spring Turkey – March 5-8 & 9-13, 2022
Hunting takes place at two locations within the CREW WEA: The CREW Marsh Unit (only at Gate 5 – Cypress Dome Trails and Caracara Prairie Preserve) and in Flint Pen Strand Unit (off Bonita Beach Road). Please check MyFWC.com for updated information during the 2021-22 season.
When hunting seasons are in session, signs are posted to inform other users.
Hunting or the taking of wildlife are only allowed during the established quota periods and a quota permit is required to hunt any legal game during the established quota hunts. Hogs may be taken only during the Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, and General Gun seasons in the huntable areas of the Corkscrew Marsh and Flint Pen Strand units.
Information about current hunting regulations for CREW, getting quota permits, and season dates are found the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website and at each of the Hunting Information kiosks in the Gate 5 and main Flint Pen Strand parking lots. To learn more about and sign up for FWC Hunter Safety Courses, visit myfwc.com/hunting/safety-education/courses/.