|About||SLP is one of Florida's premier quail hunting preserves. Offering the opportunity to experience hunting over some of the finest field dogs around.|
|Mission||Provide the finest quail, turkey, alligator and hog hunting experiences that Central South Florida has to offer.|
Silver Lake Preserve, owned and operated by Lykes Bros. Inc. and lies on the outskirts of the town of LaBelle, in central Florida's Glades County. Before arrival of permanent settlers in the late 1800s, the region was originally populated by the Caloosa tribe, who gathered for religious ceremonies under the oak hammock on the shores of the nearby Caloosahatchee River. In 1896, Capt. Francis Asbury Hendry named the area for his daughters Laura and Belle: LaBelle ("the beautiful" in French).
More than 100 years ago Dr. Howell Tyson Lykes and his seven sons expanded a cattle and citrus operation at their family's Florida homestead which by 1910 formally registered as Lykes Bros., Inc. Today the Lykes Ranch encompasses 337,000 acres which sprawl across Glades and Highlands counties on one of the largest contiguous pieces of privately held land in the state.
Lykes employs multiple land-use practices to make the most efficient, economical and appropriate use of the many different land types on the ranch. Higher-income crops such as sugar cane are planted on the richest soils, while the plantation forests, grazing pastures, and wildlife management operations comprise other acreage. Stewardship is an important component of Lykes' management philosophy. The success of this practice can be seen in the Lykes Ranch's diverse wildlife. Game animals such as deer, quail, and turkey populate much of the property.
Silver Lake Preserve is a pristine 1,876 acre tract of land which served for generations as the Lykes Family private quail hunting grounds. Today, guided hunts are conducted with efficient professionalism, offering a truly pleasurable experience for those who wish to enjoy the natural beauty of the Florida landscape.
Silver Lake Preserve is a unique place where you can find excitement in every direction. Our upland bird program is designed specifically for the enjoyment and challenges of plantation style hunting. We pride ourselves on providing unequalled customer service and are capable of meeting almost any request. This upland bird hunting operation is one of the finest in the country and one which will make you feel like family from your very first hunt.
At Silver Lake Preserve, we offer some of the best quail hunting in Florida! Hunt for native bobwhite quail behind some of the best Pointers in the state, while enjoying the natural beauty of south Florida. An abundance of native grasses mixed with spectacular native pine stands create the ideal habitat for hunting.
There is nothing better than the spring turkey season at Silver Lake Preserve. The Osceola Wild Turkey is the native species of this region and a highly sought quarry. These fine long beards are a wary breed which test the skills of even the most experienced hunter.
Through good habitat management and light hunting pressure, our turkey population is plentiful. At Silver Lake Preserve we offer a very limited number of hunts during the spring season: only three hunts each spring.
Our hunts are 3 night, 2 1/2 day hunts for a maximum of 4 hunters at any one time (providing each one the opportunity to harvest one bird). Guides are not necessary to accompany the group, but if one is desired we can supply them for an additional fee of $250
With access to over 337,000 acres of private ranch lands in central Florida to conduct our hunts, Silver Lake Preserve offers an incomparable alligator program. As a private lands alligator trapper, we have the opportunity to hunt the entire year (with some size limit restrictions).
All of our alligator hunts are fully guided - and we guarantee to locate an alligator in the size range of your choosing. The fee covers all costs f