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Allapattah Flats PSGHA
 Specific Area pfs  3187

Regulations Summary and Area Map

July 01, 2022 - June 30, 2023


 
 

This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Allapattah Flats Dove Field Public Small Game Hunting Area. Regulations that are new or differ substantially from last year are shown in bold print. Area users should familiarize themselves with all regulations. For exact wording of the wildlife laws and regulations, see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s wildlife code, on file with the Secretary of State and state libraries. This brochure, the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook, and quota permit worksheets should provide the information necessary for you to plan your hunting activities. These publications are available at MyFWC.com.


Permit, Stamp and License Information:

Persons using Public Small Game Hunting Areas are required to have appropriate licenses, permits, and stamps. The following persons are exempt from all license and permit requirements (except for quota permits when listed as “no exemptions”, and the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp [federal duck stamp]): Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older; residents who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate; residents in the U.S. Armed Forces, not stationed in Florida, while home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders; and children under 16 years of age. Children under 16 years of age are exempt from the federal duck stamp. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975 and 16 years of age or older must have passed a Commission-approved hunter-safety course prior to being issued a hunting license, except the Hunter Safety Mentoring exemption allows anyone to purchase a hunting license and hunt under the supervision of a licensed hunter, 21 years of age or older.


Licenses and permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, by telephone at 888 486-8356, or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. A no-cost Migratory Bird Permit is available when purchasing a hunting license.


Quota Permit Information: Quota permits are not required for this area.

Area Regulations
  • General

    Regulations Specific to Dove Season:

    1. Hunters must pick up all shotgun shells and other trash before leaving the dove field.

    2. Please consult the current Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area brochure and map at MyFWC.com for area-specific information and regulations.
  • Public Access and Vehicles

    Public Access and Vehicles:

    1. During dove hunts, public access within the dove field is prohibited except by dove hunters and their guests.

    2. Dove hunters may enter the area no earlier than 11 a.m. and exit the area no later than 1 hour after sunset.

    3. All vehicles must be parked in a designated parking area.

    4. Public access on the dove field, other than by foot or bicycle, is prohibited.

  • Hunters
    Hunters: There is no check station for this dove field.
  • Guns

    Guns:

    1. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 FS. 

    2. Hunting with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.

    3. For hunting migratory birds, only shotguns, bows, crossbows, and falconry may be used. Shotguns must be smaller than 10 gauge and incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

    4. Children under the age of 16 may not be in possession of a firearm unless in the presence of a supervising adult.

    5. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Dogs
    Dogs: Only bird dogs and retrievers are allowed for hunting on the posted dove field and only during established dove hunts.
  • Bag and Possession Limits
    Bag and Possession Limits: Aggregate of mourning and white-winged doves - Daily limit 15. African and Eurasian collared-dove and common pigeon - no limit. Only one daily bag limit may be possessed while in the field or returning from the field. A hunter may leave their birds with another person if the birds are tagged with the hunter’s signature and address, the total number of birds by species, and the date birds were harvested.
  • Direction

    Directions to the Hunting Area:

    The field is located approximately 15 miles west of Stuart in Martin County (see map). If traveling from I-95, take CR 714 (Martin Highway) exit (exit 110) and travel west on CR 714 10.1 miles to Fox Brown Road. Turn left on Fox Brown Road and travel south for 1.7 miles to the dove field on the right-hand side (west) of the road (look for dove field signs).
  • Report a Band
    Report a Band on the Internet: www.reportband.gov.

Regulations Specific to Dove Season:

1. Hunters must pick up all shotgun shells and other trash before leaving the dove field.

2. Please consult the current Allapattah Flats Wildlife Management Area brochure and map at MyFWC.com for area-specific information and regulations.

Public Access and Vehicles:

1. During dove hunts, public access within the dove field is prohibited except by dove hunters and their guests.

2. Dove hunters may enter the area no earlier than 11 a.m. and exit the area no later than 1 hour after sunset.

3. All vehicles must be parked in a designated parking area.

4. Public access on the dove field, other than by foot or bicycle, is prohibited.

Hunters: There is no check station for this dove field.

Guns:

1. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 FS. 

2. Hunting with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.

3. For hunting migratory birds, only shotguns, bows, crossbows, and falconry may be used. Shotguns must be smaller than 10 gauge and incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

4. Children under the age of 16 may not be in possession of a firearm unless in the presence of a supervising adult.

5. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Dogs: Only bird dogs and retrievers are allowed for hunting on the posted dove field and only during established dove hunts.
Bag and Possession Limits: Aggregate of mourning and white-winged doves - Daily limit 15. African and Eurasian collared-dove and common pigeon - no limit. Only one daily bag limit may be possessed while in the field or returning from the field. A hunter may leave their birds with another person if the birds are tagged with the hunter’s signature and address, the total number of birds by species, and the date birds were harvested.
 
Seasons ( Count: 1)
  • Dove Season
    Mourning and White-winged Dove Season - Phase 1: September 24 - October 16 (Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only)
    Mourning and White-winged Dove Season - Phase 2: November 12 - December 4 (Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only)
    Mourning and White-winged Dove Season - Phase 3: December 19 - January 31 (Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only)
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Hunting license, management area permit, and migratory bird permit.
    Legal to Take - Mourning dove, white-winged dove, African and Eurasian collared-doves, and common pigeon (rock dove) only.
    Regulations unique to dove season -
    1. Shooting hours are from noon until sunset.
    2. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or food for wildlife on this area.
 

Directions to the Hunting Area:

The field is located approximately 15 miles west of Stuart in Martin County (see map). If traveling from I-95, take CR 714 (Martin Highway) exit (exit 110) and travel west on CR 714 10.1 miles to Fox Brown Road. Turn left on Fox Brown Road and travel south for 1.7 miles to the dove field on the right-hand side (west) of the road (look for dove field signs).
Report a Band on the Internet: www.reportband.gov.

Cooperation Requested:

If you see law violators or suspicious activities, contact your nearest Commission regional office or call 888-404-FWCC (*FWC or #FWC may also be used depending on your phone service provider). You may qualify for a cash reward from the Wildlife Alert Reward Association.
The U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: The Office for Human Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240. The project described in this publication is part of a program funded by federal dollars under the Wildlife Restoration Act. Federal funds pay 20 percent of the cost of the program.