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Ocklawaha Prairie PSGHA
 Specific Area pfs  2791

Regulations Summary and Area Map

July 01, 2021 - June 30, 2022


 
 

This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Ocklawaha Prairie Public Small Game Hunting Area (PSGHA). 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, quota application worksheets and the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook should provide the information necessary for you to plan your hunting activities. These publications are available at MyFWC.com.

 

Persons using PSGHAs are required to have appropriate licenses, permits and stamps. The following persons are exempt from all license and permit requirements (except for the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp [federal duck stamp], Ocklawaha Prairie waterfowl quota permit and Ocklawaha Prairie snipe quota permit): 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. Any waterfowl hunter 16 years of age or older must possess a federal duck stamp (available where hunting licenses are sold, at most post offices or at www.duckstamp.com).

Quota Permit Information:

Waterfowl – 20, no-cost, nontransferable quota permits (no exemptions) for each hunt during Early Waterfowl, General Waterfowl and Veterans and Active Military Waterfowl days. A quota permit is not required during Youth Waterfowl Hunts. 

Snipe – 20, no-cost, nontransferable quota permits (no exemptions) for each hunt.

 


Permit applications: Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota permits at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Worksheets listing hunts, application periods, deadlines and instructions are available at county tax collector’s offices, FWC offices or MyFWC.com. Quota application periods occur throughout the year; please refer to the hunting handbook or MyFWC.com for specific dates. Worksheets will be available about 2 weeks prior to each application period. Hunters are limited to 1 permit per hunt. No more than 5 Ocklawaha Prairie waterfowl quota permits can be acquired per person per permit type. Permits are valid only for the date listed on the permit.
Each permit holder may bring up to two hunt guests. The host permit holder and their hunt guests must enter and exit the area together and share a street-legal vehicle while hunting on the area. Guest hunters may only hunt while the host is on the area. Only persons 15 years of age and younger may hunt during Youth Waterfowl Hunts. During Veterans and Active Military Waterfowl days, only individuals with a valid military hunting license or veterans/military ID are allowed to hunt. See "Waterfowl Season" section below for a complete list of license and permit requirements. 

Area Regulations
  • General

    General Area Regulations:

    All general laws and regulations relating to wildlife and fish shall apply unless specifically exempted for this area. Hunting or the taking of wildlife or fish on this area shall be allowed only during the open seasons and in accordance with the following regulations:

    1. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or any other food for wildlife on this area.

    2. Taking or attempting to take any game with the aid of live decoys, recorded game calls or sounds, set guns, artificial light, net, trap, snare, drug or poison is prohibited.

    3. The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.

    4. Public access is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as “Closed” or “Restricted.”

    5. Taking or herding wildlife from any motorized vehicle, aircraft or boat which is under power is prohibited, until power and movement from that power, has ceased.

    6. The release of any animal is prohibited, except by permit from FWC or written authorization from the landowner or primary land manager.

    7. Littering is prohibited.

    8. A Law Enforcement Officer may search any vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.

    9. Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.

    10. Tampering with or destruction of equipment (including signs), improvements, and water control structures is prohibited.

    11. Fires are prohibited.

    12. No person shall cut or destroy any tree on, or remove any tree, shrub or protected plant from this area without written permission from St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD).
  • Public Access and Vehicles

    Public Access, Vehicles and Vessels:

    1. Public recreational access is allowed year-round. On days open to hunting, public access for non-hunting purposes is allowed only in the "Closed to Hunting" area on the eastern side of the property (see map).

    2. Vehicles may be operated only on levees and may be parked only in designated parking areas.

    3. Vehicular access is allowed only on scheduled hunt days and days open for scouting and only from 4 a.m. until 1.5 hours after sunset ONLY. Days open for scouting: Sept. 17, Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 10 and Feb. and 11.

    4. Only 1 vehicle may be used per quota permit or youth hunting group. Hunters will use the lock combination provided on the quota permit for access through the designated entrance gate, except for Youth Waterfowl Hunts. Gates will be open for access on the non-quota Youth Waterfowl Hunts.

    5. Hunters should close and lock the gate when entering and exiting the area.

    6. The use of airboats, outboard motors larger than 40 horsepower, tracked vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, swamp buggies and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles are prohibited.

    7. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or boat ramp area.

    8. Boats shall be launched and loaded from the designated boat ramps only.
  • Hunters

    Hunters:

    1. Please Note: New Entrance Location on Map.

    2. Please report your leg bands at reportband.gov.

    3. Hunting is prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Hunting”.
  • 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. Taking wildlife from or across dikes, levees, campsites or bridges is prohibited, except that taking wildlife from levees shall be allowed while snipe hunting.

    3. Taking wildlife with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.

    4. Shotguns used for taking wildlife shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in magazine and chamber combined.

    5. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm must be in the presence of a supervising adult.

    6. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Dogs

    Dogs:

    1. Only waterfowl retrievers, bird dogs, and dogs with a shoulder height of 17 inches or less may be used for hunting.

    2. For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
  • Camping

    Camping:

    Prohibited.
  • Bag and Possession Limits

    Bag and Possession Limits:

    Ducks, geese, coot, and snipe - See migratory bird hunting regulations.

  • General Information

    General Information:

    1.   Land surfaces underwater are irregular. Exercise caution while on foot or horseback.

    2.   For information regarding recreational use other than hunting, please call the St. Johns River Water Management District at 386-329-4404.

    3.   Report fires to the Florida Forest Service at 352-955-2010.

    4.   Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.

    5.   If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Commission at 352-732-1225 (TDD 800-955-8771).

    6.   The FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.

    7.   The SJRWMD management activities include prescribed burning and timber management most months of the year, including hunting seasons. For more information, please visit https://www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/announcements/ or the SJRWMD at landmgmt@sjrwmd.com or 386-329-4404.

General Area Regulations:

All general laws and regulations relating to wildlife and fish shall apply unless specifically exempted for this area. Hunting or the taking of wildlife or fish on this area shall be allowed only during the open seasons and in accordance with the following regulations:

1. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or any other food for wildlife on this area.

2. Taking or attempting to take any game with the aid of live decoys, recorded game calls or sounds, set guns, artificial light, net, trap, snare, drug or poison is prohibited.

3. The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.

4. Public access is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as “Closed” or “Restricted.”

5. Taking or herding wildlife from any motorized vehicle, aircraft or boat which is under power is prohibited, until power and movement from that power, has ceased.

6. The release of any animal is prohibited, except by permit from FWC or written authorization from the landowner or primary land manager.

7. Littering is prohibited.

8. A Law Enforcement Officer may search any vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.

9. Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.

10. Tampering with or destruction of equipment (including signs), improvements, and water control structures is prohibited.

11. Fires are prohibited.

12. No person shall cut or destroy any tree on, or remove any tree, shrub or protected plant from this area without written permission from St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD).

Public Access, Vehicles and Vessels:

1. Public recreational access is allowed year-round. On days open to hunting, public access for non-hunting purposes is allowed only in the "Closed to Hunting" area on the eastern side of the property (see map).

2. Vehicles may be operated only on levees and may be parked only in designated parking areas.

3. Vehicular access is allowed only on scheduled hunt days and days open for scouting and only from 4 a.m. until 1.5 hours after sunset ONLY. Days open for scouting: Sept. 17, Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 10 and Feb. and 11.

4. Only 1 vehicle may be used per quota permit or youth hunting group. Hunters will use the lock combination provided on the quota permit for access through the designated entrance gate, except for Youth Waterfowl Hunts. Gates will be open for access on the non-quota Youth Waterfowl Hunts.

5. Hunters should close and lock the gate when entering and exiting the area.

6. The use of airboats, outboard motors larger than 40 horsepower, tracked vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, swamp buggies and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles are prohibited.

7. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or boat ramp area.

8. Boats shall be launched and loaded from the designated boat ramps only.

Hunters:

1. Please Note: New Entrance Location on Map.

2. Please report your leg bands at reportband.gov.

3. Hunting is prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Hunting”.

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. Taking wildlife from or across dikes, levees, campsites or bridges is prohibited, except that taking wildlife from levees shall be allowed while snipe hunting.

3. Taking wildlife with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.

4. Shotguns used for taking wildlife shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in magazine and chamber combined.

5. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm must be in the presence of a supervising adult.

6. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Dogs:

1. Only waterfowl retrievers, bird dogs, and dogs with a shoulder height of 17 inches or less may be used for hunting.

2. For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.

Camping:

Prohibited.

Bag and Possession Limits:

Ducks, geese, coot, and snipe - See migratory bird hunting regulations.

 
Seasons ( Count: 4)
  • Trapping
    Trapping: Prohibited.
  • Waterfowl Season
    September wood duck and teal season: September 18, 22
    September teal season: September 25
    Youth hunt: November 13
    Duck, light goose and coot season: November 20, 24, 27, December 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, January 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
    Veterans and Active Military Waterfowl Hunt: February 5, 6
    Youth hunt: February 12
    Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Ocklawaha Prairie waterfowl quota permit (except during youth hunts), hunting license, military license or ID (if hunting during the Veterans and Active Military Waterfowl Hunts), management area permit, migratory bird permit, state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp.
    Legal to Hunt - Ducks, geese, and coot. See migratory bird season dates, bag limits, and regulations.

    Regulations Unique to Waterfowl Season – All Migratory Bird Regulations shall apply.

    1. Hunting ducks, geese and coot with lead shot is prohibited.

    2. Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until noon.
  • Snipe Season
    November 3, 6, 10, 17, December 1, 4, 8, February 2, 9
    Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Ocklawaha Prairie snipe quota permit, hunting license, management area permit and migratory bird permit.
    Legal to Hunt – Snipe.
    Regulations Unique to Snipe Season – See migratory bird season dates, bag limits, and regulations. Shooting hours for snipe are ½ hour before sunrise until noon.
  • Fishing and Frogging
    Allowed year round.
    Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Fishing license (if fishing) or management area permit (if frogging).
    Legal to Take – See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.
    Regulations Unique to Fishing and Frogging – All General Freshwater Fishing Regulations shall apply. The possession of cast nets or minnow lift nets is prohibited. Frogging allowed year round. Shooting frogs is allowed only during the listed open hunting seasons and only with the legal methods of take during each particular season. Frogs may only be taken by firearms during daylight hours.
 

General Information:

1.   Land surfaces underwater are irregular. Exercise caution while on foot or horseback.

2.   For information regarding recreational use other than hunting, please call the St. Johns River Water Management District at 386-329-4404.

3.   Report fires to the Florida Forest Service at 352-955-2010.

4.   Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.

5.   If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Commission at 352-732-1225 (TDD 800-955-8771).

6.   The FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.

7.   The SJRWMD management activities include prescribed burning and timber management most months of the year, including hunting seasons. For more information, please visit https://www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation/announcements/ or the SJRWMD at landmgmt@sjrwmd.com or 386-329-4404.

Cooperation Requested:

If you see law violators or suspicious activities, contact your nearest Commission regional office or call 888-404-FWCC.  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.