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C-23/24 Reservoir PSGHA
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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 C-23/24 Reservoir 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 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).


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, drug, 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.   Shooting hours for non-migratory legal game and wild hogs shall be from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.

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

    7.   Wild hogs may not be transported alive.

    8.   A hunting license is not required to hunt wild hog.

    9.   It is unlawful for any person to leave any garbage, refuse, or litter of any kind in the area.

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

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

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

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

    14.  Cutting or damaging fences is prohibited.

    15.  Fires are prohibited.
  • Public Access and Vehicles

    Public Access and Vehicles:

    1.   Public access is allowed year-round.

    2.   Vehicles may be operated only in designated parking areas.

    3.   Airboats, outboard motors larger than 10 horsepower, tracked vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and swamp buggies are prohibited.

    4.   Persons must enter and exit at designated entrances.
  • 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 at night with a gun is prohibited.

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

    4.   For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, airguns, bows, crossbows, or falconry may be used.

    5.   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 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

    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.

    8.   Persons in possession of a valid concealed Weapon or Firearm License may carry concealed handguns.

  • Dogs

    Dogs:

    1.   Waterfowl retrievers, bird dogs, and dogs with a shoulder height of 17 inches or less may be used for hunting during open seasons.

    2.   Hunting hogs with dogs is prohibited.

    3.   For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
  • Camping
    Camping: Camping is prohibited.
  • Bag and Possession Limits

    Bag and Possession Limits:

    1.   Hog - No bag limit or size restriction.

    2.   Gray squirrel, quail, and rabbits - Daily limit 12, possession limit 24 each.

    3.   Migratory birds - See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations handbook.

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, drug, 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.   Shooting hours for non-migratory legal game and wild hogs shall be from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.

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

7.   Wild hogs may not be transported alive.

8.   A hunting license is not required to hunt wild hog.

9.   It is unlawful for any person to leave any garbage, refuse, or litter of any kind in the area.

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

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

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

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

14.  Cutting or damaging fences is prohibited.

15.  Fires are prohibited.

Public Access and Vehicles:

1.   Public access is allowed year-round.

2.   Vehicles may be operated only in designated parking areas.

3.   Airboats, outboard motors larger than 10 horsepower, tracked vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and swamp buggies are prohibited.

4.   Persons must enter and exit at designated entrances.

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 at night with a gun is prohibited.

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

4.   For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, airguns, bows, crossbows, or falconry may be used.

5.   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 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

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.

8.   Persons in possession of a valid concealed Weapon or Firearm License may carry concealed handguns.

Dogs:

1.   Waterfowl retrievers, bird dogs, and dogs with a shoulder height of 17 inches or less may be used for hunting during open seasons.

2.   Hunting hogs with dogs is prohibited.

3.   For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
Camping: Camping is prohibited.

Bag and Possession Limits:

1.   Hog - No bag limit or size restriction.

2.   Gray squirrel, quail, and rabbits - Daily limit 12, possession limit 24 each.

3.   Migratory birds - See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations handbook.
 
Seasons ( Count: 4)
  • Small Game Season
    October 10 - March 7
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - 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 - Gray squirrel, migratory birds in season, quail, rabbits, and wild hogs.
  • Trapping
    Trapping: Prohibited.
  • Migratory Bird Season

    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit, and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
    Legal to Hunt - Common moorhen, coot, crow, ducks, geese, mergansers, mourning and white-winged doves, rails, snipe, and woodcock may be hunted during statewide migratory bird seasons that coincide with the seasons in this brochure for which migratory birds are listed as legal to hunt. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook for general season dates and bag limits.

    Regulations Unique to Migratory Birds - In addition to these regulations, all Public Small Game Hunting Area Regulations shall apply.

    1.   The use of lead shot for taking ducks, geese, or coots is prohibited.

    2.   Shooting hours for mourning and white-winged doves are from noon to sunset.

    3.   Shooting hours for ducks and coots are ½ hour before sunrise until noon.

    4.   Shooting hours for migratory birds other than doves, ducks, or coots is ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.
  • Fishing
    Allowed year round.
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Fishing license.
    Legal to Take - See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.
 
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.