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Kissimmee Bend Unit of the Everglades Headwaters
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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 Kissimmee Bend Unit of the Everglades Headwaters Wildlife Management 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.
 
Persons using wildlife management 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,” recreational use permits, antlerless deer permits and the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp [federal duck stamp], if applicable): 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 also 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.
 
Youth and mentor license holders are required to be accompanied by a supervisor during any hunt. A youth hunter (less than 16 years of age) must be supervised by a person at least 18 years of age. A mentor license holder must be supervised by a licensed hunter at least 21 years of age. Unless exempt, only those supervisors with proper licenses and permits may hunt.
 
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.

Quota Permit Information:
Archery - 13, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 4 hunts.
Muzzleloading Gun - 13, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions).
Family Hunt - 7, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions).
General Gun - 13, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 2 hunts.
Youth Turkey - 7, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions).
Spring Turkey - 7, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 3 hunts.
 
Permit applications: Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota and special-opportunity 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 beginning April 1; please refer to the hunting handbook or MyFWC.com for specific dates. Worksheets will be available about 2 weeks prior to each application period.
 
Guest hunters: For each non-transferable archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, wild hog, spring turkey, and mobility-impaired quota permit issued through GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, a quota permit holder (host) may take a guest hunter by obtaining a guest permit. Guest hunters are not allowed during the family hunt. A guest hunter must possess a completed guest permit while hunting except the following persons may be a guest hunter without a guest permit: a youth under 16 years of age, a youth supervisor, a mentor license holder, or a mentor license supervisor. A host may only bring 1 guest hunter at a time and may only use 1 guest permit per day. The following persons are not considered to be guest hunters: other quota permit holders, non-hunters, and exempt hunters (on areas and during seasons that allow exemptions). The guest hunter and host must enter and exit the area together and must share a street-legal vehicle while hunting on the area. The guest hunter may hunt only while the host is on the area. Refer to the quota hunt worksheets for additional information.
 
Youth and mentor license holders: If a youth or mentor supervisor is hunting during any hunt for which quota permits are issued, at least 1 person in the party must possess a quota permit.
 
Transfer of permits: Quota and guest permits are not transferable. A positive form of identification is required when using a non-transferable permit, except for a youth under 16 years of age. The sale or purchase of any quota permit or guest permit is prohibited.

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. Any person hunting deer or accompanying another person hunting deer shall wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent-orange material as an outer garment, above the waistline. These provisions are not required when hunting with a bow and arrow during archery season.
    2. Taking of spotted fawn, swimming deer, or roosted turkey is prohibited. 
    3. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or other food for wildlife on this area.
    4. Driving a metal object into any tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven, is prohibited.
    5. No person shall cut, damage, or remove any natural, man-made, or cultural resource without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
    6. 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. Recorded calls and sounds can be used to hunt furbearers, wild hog, and crows.
    7. The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.
    8. Hunting, fishing, or trapping is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as closed to those activities.
    9. People, dogs, vehicles, and other recreational equipment are prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Public Access” by FWC administrative action. 
    10. 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.
    11. Most game may be hunted from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset (see exceptions under each season).
    12. The release of any animal is prohibited, except by permit from FWC or written authorization from the landowner or primary land manager.
    13. The head and evidence of sex shall remain with any deer harvested on the area and shall not be removed from the carcass of any turkey harvested on the area.
    14. The planting or introduction of any non-native plant is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
    15. Wild hog may not be transported alive.
    16. A hunting license is not required to hunt wild hog.
    17. Littering is prohibited.
    18. Fires other than campfires are prohibited.
    19. A Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.
    20. Falconers may hunt during the statewide falconry season anytime a management area is open for public access. Falconers are not exempt from quota permits during hunts requiring them.
  • Public Access and Vehicles
    Public Access and Vehicles:

    1. Open to public recreational access year-round, except during quota hunts when only individuals possessing a valid quota permit and their guests may access the area.

    2. All persons must enter and exit the area at a designated entrance.

    3. Public access is prohibited from 0.5 hours after sunset until 0.5 hours before sunrise, except for individuals legally participating in a hunt during established seasons

    4. Motor vehicle access is prohibited, except licensed and permitted hunters may operate vehicles on designated roads and trails from September 2 - April 4. At all other times, public access other than by foot, horseback, or bicycle is prohibited.

    5. Motor vehicles may only be operated on roads, trails, and parking areas as designated on the brochure map. See the "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rules and Information" section below for recommendations regarding vehicle use on the area.

    6. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), and swamp buggies are prohibited, except during quota hunts when individuals possessing a valid quota permit and their guests may operate ATVs, ROVs (side-by-sides), and swamp buggies only on designated roads as indicated on the brochure map.

    7. No motor vehicle shall be operated in areas designated as closed to vehicular traffic.

    8. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, vehicle trail, gate, or firelane.

    9. Airboats, tracked vehicles, and unlicensed or unregistered motorcycles are prohibited.

    10. Horses may only be ridden on designated roads and trails as indicated on the brochure map.
    11. Bicycles may only be operated on designated roads and trails as indicated on the brochure map.
  • Hunters
    Hunters and Harvest Reporting:
    1. Hunting equipment may not be taken onto the area until after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of any season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. 1 day after the end of every season.
    2. Hunters must log each harvested deer or turkey prior to moving it from the point of recovery and report any deer or turkey they harvest within 24 hours of recovery. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook or MyFWC.com for deer and turkey harvest reporting instructions.
    3. Deer and turkey may be dismembered in the field or camp, but each portion shall have a tag affixed to it identifying the name, address, and hunting license number of the person who killed it; the date and location at which it was taken; and shall be readily traceable to the portion of the animal bearing the sex identification.
  • Guns
    Guns:
    1. Hunting at night with a gun is prohibited.
    2. Muzzleloading guns used for taking deer must be .30 caliber or larger, if firing a single bullet, or be 20 gauge or larger if firing 2 or more balls.
    3. Hunting deer with rimfire or non-expanding, full metal jacket (military ball) ammunition is prohibited.
    4. Hunting wildlife (other than migratory birds) with airguns is allowed. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook for details.
    5. Hunting deer with airguns is prohibited, except pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) airguns propelling a bolt, arrow, or bullet .30 caliber or larger are allowed. 
    6. Hunting turkey with airguns is prohibited, except PCP airguns propelling a bolt or arrow are allowed.
    7. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm or airgun must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
    8. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    9. For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, rifles, pistols, airguns, bows, crossbows, or falconry may be used. 
    10. For hunting migratory game, only shotguns, bows, crossbows, or falconry may be used. Shotguns must be 10 gauge or smaller and incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
    11. Hunting with full-automatic firearms, centerfire semi-automatic rifles having a magazine capable of holding more than 5 rounds, explosive or drug-injecting devices, or set guns is prohibited.
    12. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s.790.15 FS.
  • Dogs
    Dogs:
    1. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs and retrievers may be used for hunting migratory birds in season and any dog may be used to hunt gray squirrel, migratory birds in season, quail, and rabbits during small game season.
    2. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
    3. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
    4. For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
  • Camping
    Camping:
    There are currently no designated campsites on the area. Once campsites are developed, camping will be allowed only at designated campsites by Special Use Permit from the Florida Forest Service.
  • Bag and Possession Limits

    Bag and Possession Limits:

    A guest hunter must share the host’s bag limit for deer, turkey, and quail, except when these bag limits are specified as per person. The host is responsible for violations that exceed the bag limit. No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.

    1. Deer - No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.

    A. Area limits - 1 antlered deer per quota permit except during the family hunt when the bag limit is 2 antlered deer per quota permit (but only 1 per person).

    B. Statewide limits - Annual limit 5 deer (only 2 of which may be antlerless), daily limit 2, possession limit 4.

    C. As part of the statewide annual deer limit, youth less than 16 years of age may harvest 1 deer annually not meeting antler point requirements but having at least 1 antler 5 inches or more in length.

    2. Turkey - No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.

    A. Area limits - 1 gobbler or bearded turkey per archery, youth turkey, or spring turkey quota permit.

    B. Statewide limits - Daily limit 2, all fall seasons combined limit 2, possession limit 2; Spring season limit 2, daily limit 2, possession limit 2.

    3. Wild hog - No bag limits or size restrictions.

    4. Gray squirrel and rabbits - Daily limit 12 per person, possession limit 24 for each.

    5. Quail - Daily limit 12, possession limit 24.

    6. Armadillo, beaver, coyote, nutria, opossum, raccoon, and skunk - No bag limits.

    7. Bobcat and otter - Prohibited.

    8. Migratory birds - See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook.
    9. African and Eurasian collared-doves, common pigeon, Egyptian goose, house sparrow, and common starling - No bag limits. 
  • General Information
    General Information:
    1. Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.
    2. If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 561-625-5122 (TDD 800-955-8771).
    3. The FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
    4. Please report the location of any sick or extremely skinny deer to the Chronic Wasting Disease hotline, toll free at 866-293-9282.
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. Any person hunting deer or accompanying another person hunting deer shall wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent-orange material as an outer garment, above the waistline. These provisions are not required when hunting with a bow and arrow during archery season.
2. Taking of spotted fawn, swimming deer, or roosted turkey is prohibited. 
3. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or other food for wildlife on this area.
4. Driving a metal object into any tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven, is prohibited.
5. No person shall cut, damage, or remove any natural, man-made, or cultural resource without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
6. 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. Recorded calls and sounds can be used to hunt furbearers, wild hog, and crows.
7. The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.
8. Hunting, fishing, or trapping is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as closed to those activities.
9. People, dogs, vehicles, and other recreational equipment are prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Public Access” by FWC administrative action. 
10. 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.
11. Most game may be hunted from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset (see exceptions under each season).
12. The release of any animal is prohibited, except by permit from FWC or written authorization from the landowner or primary land manager.
13. The head and evidence of sex shall remain with any deer harvested on the area and shall not be removed from the carcass of any turkey harvested on the area.
14. The planting or introduction of any non-native plant is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
15. Wild hog may not be transported alive.
16. A hunting license is not required to hunt wild hog.
17. Littering is prohibited.
18. Fires other than campfires are prohibited.
19. A Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.
20. Falconers may hunt during the statewide falconry season anytime a management area is open for public access. Falconers are not exempt from quota permits during hunts requiring them.
Public Access and Vehicles:

1. Open to public recreational access year-round, except during quota hunts when only individuals possessing a valid quota permit and their guests may access the area.

2. All persons must enter and exit the area at a designated entrance.

3. Public access is prohibited from 0.5 hours after sunset until 0.5 hours before sunrise, except for individuals legally participating in a hunt during established seasons

4. Motor vehicle access is prohibited, except licensed and permitted hunters may operate vehicles on designated roads and trails from September 2 - April 4. At all other times, public access other than by foot, horseback, or bicycle is prohibited.

5. Motor vehicles may only be operated on roads, trails, and parking areas as designated on the brochure map. See the "U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rules and Information" section below for recommendations regarding vehicle use on the area.

6. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs), and swamp buggies are prohibited, except during quota hunts when individuals possessing a valid quota permit and their guests may operate ATVs, ROVs (side-by-sides), and swamp buggies only on designated roads as indicated on the brochure map.

7. No motor vehicle shall be operated in areas designated as closed to vehicular traffic.

8. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, vehicle trail, gate, or firelane.

9. Airboats, tracked vehicles, and unlicensed or unregistered motorcycles are prohibited.

10. Horses may only be ridden on designated roads and trails as indicated on the brochure map.
11. Bicycles may only be operated on designated roads and trails as indicated on the brochure map.
Hunters and Harvest Reporting:
1. Hunting equipment may not be taken onto the area until after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of any season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. 1 day after the end of every season.
2. Hunters must log each harvested deer or turkey prior to moving it from the point of recovery and report any deer or turkey they harvest within 24 hours of recovery. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook or MyFWC.com for deer and turkey harvest reporting instructions.
3. Deer and turkey may be dismembered in the field or camp, but each portion shall have a tag affixed to it identifying the name, address, and hunting license number of the person who killed it; the date and location at which it was taken; and shall be readily traceable to the portion of the animal bearing the sex identification.
Guns:
1. Hunting at night with a gun is prohibited.
2. Muzzleloading guns used for taking deer must be .30 caliber or larger, if firing a single bullet, or be 20 gauge or larger if firing 2 or more balls.
3. Hunting deer with rimfire or non-expanding, full metal jacket (military ball) ammunition is prohibited.
4. Hunting wildlife (other than migratory birds) with airguns is allowed. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook for details.
5. Hunting deer with airguns is prohibited, except pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) airguns propelling a bolt, arrow, or bullet .30 caliber or larger are allowed. 
6. Hunting turkey with airguns is prohibited, except PCP airguns propelling a bolt or arrow are allowed.
7. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm or airgun must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
8. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
9. For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, rifles, pistols, airguns, bows, crossbows, or falconry may be used. 
10. For hunting migratory game, only shotguns, bows, crossbows, or falconry may be used. Shotguns must be 10 gauge or smaller and incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
11. Hunting with full-automatic firearms, centerfire semi-automatic rifles having a magazine capable of holding more than 5 rounds, explosive or drug-injecting devices, or set guns is prohibited.
12. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s.790.15 FS.
Dogs:
1. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs and retrievers may be used for hunting migratory birds in season and any dog may be used to hunt gray squirrel, migratory birds in season, quail, and rabbits during small game season.
2. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
3. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
4. For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
Camping:
There are currently no designated campsites on the area. Once campsites are developed, camping will be allowed only at designated campsites by Special Use Permit from the Florida Forest Service.

Bag and Possession Limits:

A guest hunter must share the host’s bag limit for deer, turkey, and quail, except when these bag limits are specified as per person. The host is responsible for violations that exceed the bag limit. No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.

1. Deer - No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.

A. Area limits - 1 antlered deer per quota permit except during the family hunt when the bag limit is 2 antlered deer per quota permit (but only 1 per person).

B. Statewide limits - Annual limit 5 deer (only 2 of which may be antlerless), daily limit 2, possession limit 4.

C. As part of the statewide annual deer limit, youth less than 16 years of age may harvest 1 deer annually not meeting antler point requirements but having at least 1 antler 5 inches or more in length.

2. Turkey - No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.

A. Area limits - 1 gobbler or bearded turkey per archery, youth turkey, or spring turkey quota permit.

B. Statewide limits - Daily limit 2, all fall seasons combined limit 2, possession limit 2; Spring season limit 2, daily limit 2, possession limit 2.

3. Wild hog - No bag limits or size restrictions.

4. Gray squirrel and rabbits - Daily limit 12 per person, possession limit 24 for each.

5. Quail - Daily limit 12, possession limit 24.

6. Armadillo, beaver, coyote, nutria, opossum, raccoon, and skunk - No bag limits.

7. Bobcat and otter - Prohibited.

8. Migratory birds - See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook.
9. African and Eurasian collared-doves, common pigeon, Egyptian goose, house sparrow, and common starling - No bag limits. 
 
Seasons ( Count: 9)
  • Archery Season
    September 17-20, 24-27, October 1-4, 8-11
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, archery permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), wild turkey permit (if hunting wild turkey), migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
    Legal to Hunt - Antlered deer having at least one antler with three or more points (each point being one inch or more in length) OR a main beam of 10 inches or more in length, gobbler or bearded turkey, wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, migratory birds in season, African and Eurasian collared-doves, common pigeon, Egyptian goose, house sparrow, and common starling.
    Regulations Unique to Archery Season - Only archery equipment may be used for hunting, except that centerfire shotguns are allowed for hunting migratory birds,  African and Eurasian collared-doves, common pigeon, Egyptian goose, house sparrow, and common starling. Hunting with crossbows is prohibited (except by disabled crossbow permit).
  • Muzzleloading Gun Season
    October 22-24
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, muzzleloading gun permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), and migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds).
    Legal to Hunt - Antlered deer having at least one antler with three or more points (each point being one inch or more in length) OR a main beam of 10 inches or more in length, wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, migratory birds in season, African and Eurasian collared-doves, common pigeon, Egyptian goose, house sparrow, and common starling.
    Regulations Unique to Muzzleloading Gun Season - Hunting with archery equipment or guns other than muzzleloading guns is prohibited, except that centerfire shotguns are allowed for hunting migratory birds, African and Eurasian collared-doves, common pigeon, Egyptian goose, house sparrow, and common starling.
  • General Gun Season
    November 5-7, 12-14
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
    Legal to Hunt - Antlered deer having at least one antler with three or more points (each point being one inch or more in length) OR a main beam of 10 inches or more in length, wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, migratory birds in season, African and Eurasian collared-doves, common pigeon, Egyptian goose, house sparrow, and common starling.
  • Small Game Season
    November 15 - March 5
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit (if hunting during the Family Hunt), hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
    Legal to Hunt - Wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, migratory birds in season, African and Eurasian collared-doves, common pigeon, Egyptian goose, house sparrow, and common starling
    Regulations Unique to Small Game Season -
    1. Dogs may be used to hunt gray squirrel, migratory birds in season, quail, and rabbits only.
    2. Hunting with centerfire rifles is prohibited, except for quota hunters during the Family Hunt.
  • Family Hunt
    November 25-27
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
    Legal to Hunt - Antlered deer having at least one antler with three or more points (each point being one inch or more in length) OR a main beam of 10 inches or more in length, wild hog, gray squirrel, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, migratory birds in season, African and Eurasian collared-doves, common pigeon, Egyptian goose, house sparrow, and common starling.
    Regulations Unique to Family Hunt -
    1. Up to 2 youths (under 16 years of age but not younger than 8 years of age) per quota permit, may hunt under the direct supervision of an adult (at least 18 years of age) but the quota permit holder must be present for the youth to hunt.
    2. The quota permit holder may hunt, but only in the presence of at least 1 youth.
  • Trapping
    Prohibited.
  • Spring Turkey Season
    Youth Turkey: March 11-12
    Spring Turkey: March 18-20, 25-27, April 1-3
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, and wild turkey permit.
    Legal to Hunt - Gobbler or bearded turkey.
    Regulations Unique to Spring Turkey Season -

    1. Legal shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.

    2. Hunting other animals is prohibited.

    3. Only bows, crossbows, PCP airguns propelling a bolt or arrow, and shotguns using #2 or smaller shot size may be used for hunting.

    4. During the youth turkey hunt, only youth under 16 years of age may hunt and must be under the supervision and in the presence of an adult not younger than 18 years of age. Adults with required licenses and permits for taking wild turkeys may participate when in the presence of a youth, but may not harvest a wild turkey.

  • Migratory Bird Season

    Migratory game birds and crows may be hunted during their respective statewide seasons. See migratory bird hunting regulations.
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit (if hunting during any quota period), hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit, and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
    Legal to Hunt - See migratory bird season dates, bag limits, and regulationsAfrican and Eurasian collared-doves, common pigeon, Egyptian goose, house sparrow, and common starling may also be taken.
    Regulations Unique to Migratory Bird Seasons - All Migratory Bird Regulations shall apply.

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

    2. Centerfire shotguns are allowed for hunting during established area seasons when migratory birds are legal to hunt.

    3. Bird dogs and retrievers may be used for hunting migratory birds during their respective seasons.

    4. Shooting hours for mourning and white-winged doves are noon until sunset during Phase 1 and ½ hour before sunrise until sunset during phases 2 and 3.

  • 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. 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 be taken by firearm during daylight hours only.
 
General Information:
1. Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.
2. If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 561-625-5122 (TDD 800-955-8771).
3. The FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
4. Please report the location of any sick or extremely skinny deer to the Chronic Wasting Disease hotline, toll free at 866-293-9282.
Florida Forest Service Rules and Information: 
1. Florida Forest Service management includes prescribed burning and timber management most months of the year, including hunting seasons. Area users should contact the Florida Forest Service at (863) 467-3220 for information and location of scheduled burns. 
2. Refer to Florida Forest Service’s Kissimmee Bend State Forest webpage for more information regarding road and trail use and the open/closed status of roads and trails.
 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rules and Information:

1. For information on general recreation, please visit the https://www.fws.gov/refuge/everglades-headwaters-and-conservation-area or contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 772-581-5557.

2. On days when the area is closed to hunting, persons must still enter and exit the area at a designated entrance.

3. Construction of permanent or semi-permanent structures on a National Wildlife Refuge is prohibited.

4. The speed limit is 25 mph on lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service unless otherwise posted.

5. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service management includes prescribed burning and timber management most months of the year including hunting seasons. Area users should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 772-581-5557 or visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/everglades-headwaters-and-conservation-area for information about burn areas and the prescribed burning program.
6. Users should be aware that area roads and trails are not improved and may be difficult to traverse. Please use caution to avoid getting stuck or damaging personal equipment. All wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended, particularly on roads designated in the brochure map as "Quota hunters only".
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.
Please do not discard or dump animal entrails or carcasses along the roadside.
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.