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Regulations Summary and Area Map

July 01, 2020 - June 30, 2021


 
 

This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the A-1 FEB Impoundment 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 and the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook should provide the information necessary for you to plan your hunting activities. These publications are available from any Commission office, county tax collector, and at MyFWC.com.

 

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 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 also exempt from the federal duck stamp. 

 

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 – 100, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions, non-transferable) for each of 35 hunts. 

 

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 hunt only while the host is on the area. As this area is open to public access during waterfowl hunts, non-hunters as well as mentor and youth supervisors are not considered guest hunters.

 

Hunters must submit electronic applications for A-1 FEB Waterfowl Permits at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Application periods, deadlines, worksheets, and instructions are available at MyFWC.com, FWC offices, or county tax collector's offices.


Area Regulations
  • General

    General Area Regulations:

    All general laws and regulations relating to wild animal life or freshwater aquatic life 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.   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, drugs, or poison is prohibited.

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

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

    4.   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.

    5.   The release of any animal is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.

    6.   It is unlawful for any person to leave any garbage, refuse, or in any way litter in the area.

    7.   It is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass, or woodland.

    8.   A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle, or boat in accordance with law.

    9.   Spent shell casings and all materials used for temporary blinds must be removed after each hunt. Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.

    10.  Tampering with or destruction of equipment, improvements, or water control structures is prohibited.

    11.  Cutting or damaging fences is prohibited.

    12.  Fires are prohibited.
  • Public Access and Vehicles

    Public Access and Vehicles:

    1.   This area is open to public access year-round on Fridays through Sundays only.

    2.   Persons must enter and exit at the designated entrance.

    3.   Licensed and registered motor vehicles may be operated year-round (Fridays-Sundays only) but only on designated levee roads (see map). 

    4.   Motor vehicles may not be operated on any portion of levee road posted as closed to vehicular traffic.

    5.   Airboats, vessels having an internal combustion engine, tracked vehicles, unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and swamp buggies are prohibited. Vessels with electric motors are allowed.

    6.   Trailers, including boat trailers, are prohibited.

    7.   All vessels must be equipped with required boating safety equipment.

    8.   Parked vehicles may not obstruct any road, levee, gate, or boat launch.
  • Hunters

    Hunters:

    1.   All levees, roads, boat launches, parking areas, water control structures, and earthen berms are closed to hunting. Hunting is prohibited in any portion of the area designated (either on-site or in the brochure map) 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.   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 10 gauge or smaller and incapable of holding more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

    4.   Shooting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.

    5.   Use of non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required.

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

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

    Dogs:

    1.   Dogs are prohibited, except waterfowl retrievers may be used for hunting ducks, light geese, and coot during waterfowl seasons.

    2.   Waterfowl retrievers must be kept under physical restraint when not hunting.
  • Camping
    Camping:
    Camping is prohibited.
  • Bag and Possession Limits

    Bag and Possession Limits:

    1.   Ducks, light geese, and coot - Daily bag limit for ducks during wood duck and teal; teal only; duck, light goose, and coot; and youth waterfowl hunt seasons is 6 ducks with species specific restrictions. Additionally, during youth hunts and duck, light goose, and coot season, the daily bag limit is 15 for geese and coots and 5 for mergansers (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers). See Florida Hunting Regulations Handbook for more details and specific bag limits.

    2.   Non-native reptiles - no size or bag limit.
  • General Information

    About the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin:

    Located in southern Palm Beach County, west of U.S. Highway 27, the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) assists in optimizing the performance of two nearby Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) in removing phosphorus. It can hold up to 60,000 acre-feet of water up to 4 feet deep, and then deliver water in a controlled manner to the treatment areas. It is surrounded by 21 miles of levees with 15 associated water control structures. The A-1 FEB is the largest of three FEBs in the State of Florida’s Restoration Strategies plan to improve water quality in the Everglades.

     

    A-1 FEB is a constructed storage feature used to capture and temporarily store peak stormwater flows. Water managers can move water from FEBs to STAs at steady rates to optimize STA performance and help achieve water quality improvement targets. STAs are constructed wetlands that serve as the water-cleaning workhorses of Everglades restoration, using both emergent and submerged aquatic vegetation to naturally remove nutrients from the water that eventually flows to the Everglades.

     

    Completed in 2015, A-1 FEB is a shallow impoundment that captures, stores and delivers stormwater runoff to STAs 2 and 3/4 to improve their treatment performance. As a shallow FEB, A-1 also contains emergent vegetation to help reduce phosphorus concentrations before moving water to the STAs. It was built upon significant earthwork previously completed at the site. Onsite excavated material was used to build new levees and existing canals were incorporated into the FEB design.

     

    A-1 FEB is open for public recreation on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and closed all other days. Please take care when enjoying hiking, biking, and hunting at this facility so that recreation can be enjoyed by others today and in the future.

     

    Danger: this site contains abrupt drop-offs and deep trenches - drowning hazard.

General Area Regulations:

All general laws and regulations relating to wild animal life or freshwater aquatic life 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.   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, drugs, or poison is prohibited.

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

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

4.   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.

5.   The release of any animal is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.

6.   It is unlawful for any person to leave any garbage, refuse, or in any way litter in the area.

7.   It is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass, or woodland.

8.   A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle, or boat in accordance with law.

9.   Spent shell casings and all materials used for temporary blinds must be removed after each hunt. Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.

10.  Tampering with or destruction of equipment, improvements, or water control structures is prohibited.

11.  Cutting or damaging fences is prohibited.

12.  Fires are prohibited.

Public Access and Vehicles:

1.   This area is open to public access year-round on Fridays through Sundays only.

2.   Persons must enter and exit at the designated entrance.

3.   Licensed and registered motor vehicles may be operated year-round (Fridays-Sundays only) but only on designated levee roads (see map). 

4.   Motor vehicles may not be operated on any portion of levee road posted as closed to vehicular traffic.

5.   Airboats, vessels having an internal combustion engine, tracked vehicles, unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and swamp buggies are prohibited. Vessels with electric motors are allowed.

6.   Trailers, including boat trailers, are prohibited.

7.   All vessels must be equipped with required boating safety equipment.

8.   Parked vehicles may not obstruct any road, levee, gate, or boat launch.

Hunters:

1.   All levees, roads, boat launches, parking areas, water control structures, and earthen berms are closed to hunting. Hunting is prohibited in any portion of the area designated (either on-site or in the brochure map) 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.   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 10 gauge or smaller and incapable of holding more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

4.   Shooting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.

5.   Use of non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required.

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

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

Dogs:

1.   Dogs are prohibited, except waterfowl retrievers may be used for hunting ducks, light geese, and coot during waterfowl seasons.

2.   Waterfowl retrievers must be kept under physical restraint when not hunting.
Camping:
Camping is prohibited.

Bag and Possession Limits:

1.   Ducks, light geese, and coot - Daily bag limit for ducks during wood duck and teal; teal only; duck, light goose, and coot; and youth waterfowl hunt seasons is 6 ducks with species specific restrictions. Additionally, during youth hunts and duck, light goose, and coot season, the daily bag limit is 15 for geese and coots and 5 for mergansers (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers). See Florida Hunting Regulations Handbook for more details and specific bag limits.

2.   Non-native reptiles - no size or bag limit.
 
Seasons ( Count: 3)
  • Waterfowl Season
    Wood Duck and Teal: September 19, 20
    Teal Only: September 25, 26, 27
    Youth Waterfowl Hunt: November 14
    Ducks, Light Geese, and Coot - Phase 1: November 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
    Ducks, Light Geese, and Coot - Phase 2: December 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, January 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
    Youth Waterfowl Hunt: February 13
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit, state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp.
    Legal to Hunt - See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook.

    Regulations Unique to Waterfowl Hunting Seasons - In addition to these regulations, all migratory game bird regulations pertaining to waterfowl hunting shall apply.

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

    2.   Shooting hours for ducks, light geese, and coot are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.

    3.   All levees, roads, boat launches, parking areas, water control structures, and earthen berms are closed to hunting. Hunting is prohibited in any portion of the area designated (either on-site or in the brochure map) as closed to hunting.
  • Fishing and Frogging

    Permitted only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 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 - In addition to these regulations, all freshwater fishing regulations shall apply.

    1.   Fishing from or in water control structures posted as closed to public access or no trespassing is prohibited.

    2.   Take of frogs using firearms is prohibited.
  • Non-Native Reptiles

    Allowed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays year-round.
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - no permit or licensing required.

    Legal to take - Non-native reptiles including, but not limited to, Conditional Reptiles such as the green anaconda, Nile monitor, and the following pythons: African rock (northern and southern), amethystine, Burmese, Indian, reticulated, and scrub.

    Regulations unique to removal of non-native reptiles at A1-FEB -

    1. Non-native reptiles may be taken by methods other than firearms year-round.

    2. Shotguns are the only firearm that may be used to take non-native reptiles and only during established waterfowl hunt dates by properly permitted hunters.

    3. Conditional Reptiles shall not be removed from the area alive.

    4. Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.

    5. Please report take and sightings of Conditional Reptiles at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888-483-4681) or online at IveGot1.org.

 

About the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin:

Located in southern Palm Beach County, west of U.S. Highway 27, the A-1 Flow Equalization Basin (FEB) assists in optimizing the performance of two nearby Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) in removing phosphorus. It can hold up to 60,000 acre-feet of water up to 4 feet deep, and then deliver water in a controlled manner to the treatment areas. It is surrounded by 21 miles of levees with 15 associated water control structures. The A-1 FEB is the largest of three FEBs in the State of Florida’s Restoration Strategies plan to improve water quality in the Everglades.

 

A-1 FEB is a constructed storage feature used to capture and temporarily store peak stormwater flows. Water managers can move water from FEBs to STAs at steady rates to optimize STA performance and help achieve water quality improvement targets. STAs are constructed wetlands that serve as the water-cleaning workhorses of Everglades restoration, using both emergent and submerged aquatic vegetation to naturally remove nutrients from the water that eventually flows to the Everglades.

 

Completed in 2015, A-1 FEB is a shallow impoundment that captures, stores and delivers stormwater runoff to STAs 2 and 3/4 to improve their treatment performance. As a shallow FEB, A-1 also contains emergent vegetation to help reduce phosphorus concentrations before moving water to the STAs. It was built upon significant earthwork previously completed at the site. Onsite excavated material was used to build new levees and existing canals were incorporated into the FEB design.

 

A-1 FEB is open for public recreation on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and closed all other days. Please take care when enjoying hiking, biking, and hunting at this facility so that recreation can be enjoyed by others today and in the future.

 

Danger: this site contains abrupt drop-offs and deep trenches - drowning hazard.
Cooperation Requested: 
Birds and their nests are protected by law. Shorebirds often nest along the edges and in the middle of levee roads. Please try to drive and walk in the existing tire tracks on levee roads, whenever and wherever possible, to minimize negative impacts to shorebird populations.
The U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap. 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.