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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 John G. and Susan H. DuPuis, Jr. Wildlife and Environmental 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 and environmental 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]): 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 (available where hunting licenses are sold, at most post offices, or at www.duckstamp.com).

Quota Permit Information:
Archery - 75, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 3 hunts.
Muzzleloading Gun - 75, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 3 hunts.
General Gun Mobility-Impaired - 25, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions).
General Gun - 75, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 2 hunts.
Youth Turkey - 25, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions).
Spring Turkey - 35, 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, 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. 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; ATVs may be ridden independently during the mobility-impaired season. 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. 
 
Assistant for mobility-impaired hunters: Mobility-impaired hunters may be accompanied by a guest hunter, as specified above, and 1 non-hunting assistant that may participate in the hunt (no license required), but the assistant may not harvest wildlife with archery equipment or a gun.
 
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 of the landowner or primary land manager.
    13. The head and evidence of sex may not be removed from the carcass of any deer or turkey on the area.
    14. The planting or introduction of any non-native plant is prohibited, without written authorization from 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. It is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass, or woodland. Fires are prohibited except at designated areas.
    19. A Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle, or boat in accordance with law.
    20. The possession or consumption of intoxicating beverages is prohibited.
    21. Planting of trees, shrubs, or other vegetation is prohibited without written authorization from the landowner or the Commission. 
  • Public Access and Vehicles
    Public Access and Vehicles:
    1. Open to public recreational access year-round.
    2. Persons shall enter and exit the area at a designated entrance. Hunting and general public access is allowed at Gate 1, hiking/biking access is allowed through Gate 2, and persons using the equestrian area shall enter and exit the area via Gate 3.
    3. Vehicle access (unless otherwise specified) is only allowed through Gate 1, and vehicles may be operated only on named roads and in designated parking areas (including power pads along Powerline Grade), except during the general gun mobility-impaired season when all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) may be used off roads. All other roads are closed to vehicular traffic.
    4. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate, or firelane.
    5. No motor vehicle shall be operated in areas designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
    6. The use of airboats, ATVs, swamp buggies, tracked vehicles, and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles is prohibited, except ATVs may be used during the general gun mobility-impaired season. 
    7. The use of any vessel powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited during all quota hunts.
    8. Horses may be used only on designated horse trails and named or numbered roads. 
    9. A marked footpath called the Ocean to Lake Trail traverses the area. Through-hikers may enter and exit the area via the Ocean to Lake Trail throughout the year.
  • Hunters
    Hunters, Check Stations, and Harvest Reporting:

    1. Hunting equipment may not be taken onto the area until after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. 1 day after the end of the season.

    2. Hunters must enter and exit the area via Gate 1. When check stations are staffed, all hunters shall report at the check station and check all harvested game.

    3. When check stations are staffed, no deer or turkey shall be dismembered until being checked at the check station.

    4. In addition to checking all game at the check station, all hunters must log their harvested deer prior to moving it and report their harvested deer within 24 hours. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook or MyFWC.com for deer harvest reporting instructions.

    5. During the mobility-impaired season, hunters are requested not to drive vehicles from ½ hour before sunrise to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to ½ hour after sunset.
  • 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, or crossbows may be used. 
    10. For hunting migratory game, only shotguns, bows, or crossbows 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 or retrievers may be used to hunt gray squirrel, migratory birds, 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:
    1. Camping is prohibited except at designated campsites. Camping at the Equestrian, Family, and Group campsites is allowed only by Special Use License (SUL) from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). To apply and receive an SUL by email, visit www.sfwmd.gov/sul. To receive an SUL by U.S. Mail, contact SFWMD at 1-866-433-6312 (allow 7-10 business days). No SUL is required for hikers camping at designated campsites on hiking trails.
    2. No person shall bring building materials onto the area or erect permanent or semi-permanent structures.
    3. Only tents are allowed at the primitive campsites. Only tents and pop-up campers are allowed at the Family and Group campgrounds. Only tents, trailers, or self-propelled camping vehicles are allowed at the Equestrian campground. 
    4. Quiet hours are from 11p.m. to 7 a.m. when loud music, barking dogs, or any other activity causing excessive noise is prohibited in camping areas. Generators are prohibited during quiet hours in the equestrian campground and at all times in other campgrounds.
    5. Pets must be physically restrained and under control within camping areas.
  • Bag and Possession Limits
    Bag and Possession Limits:
    A guest hunter must share the host’s bag limit, except for bag limits specified as per person, and the host is responsible for violations that exceed the bag limit. No person shall exceed the statewide bag limits.

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

    A. Area limits - 

    Archery season - 1 antlered or antlerless deer per quota permit.

    Muzzleloading gun and general gun seasons - 1 antlered deer per quota permit.

    General gun mobility-impaired - 1 antlered and 1 antlerless deer per quota permit, but only mobility-impaired certified hunters may harvest an antlerless deer.

    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 per youth turkey or spring turkey quota permit.

    B. Statewide limits - 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 - Possession limit 1 unless in possession of a trapping license.

    8. Otter - Prohibited.

    9. Migratory birds - See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook.

    10. Non-native reptiles - 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 FWC 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 of the landowner or primary land manager.
13. The head and evidence of sex may not be removed from the carcass of any deer or turkey on the area.
14. The planting or introduction of any non-native plant is prohibited, without written authorization from 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. It is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass, or woodland. Fires are prohibited except at designated areas.
19. A Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle, or boat in accordance with law.
20. The possession or consumption of intoxicating beverages is prohibited.
21. Planting of trees, shrubs, or other vegetation is prohibited without written authorization from the landowner or the Commission. 
Public Access and Vehicles:
1. Open to public recreational access year-round.
2. Persons shall enter and exit the area at a designated entrance. Hunting and general public access is allowed at Gate 1, hiking/biking access is allowed through Gate 2, and persons using the equestrian area shall enter and exit the area via Gate 3.
3. Vehicle access (unless otherwise specified) is only allowed through Gate 1, and vehicles may be operated only on named roads and in designated parking areas (including power pads along Powerline Grade), except during the general gun mobility-impaired season when all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) may be used off roads. All other roads are closed to vehicular traffic.
4. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate, or firelane.
5. No motor vehicle shall be operated in areas designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
6. The use of airboats, ATVs, swamp buggies, tracked vehicles, and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles is prohibited, except ATVs may be used during the general gun mobility-impaired season. 
7. The use of any vessel powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited during all quota hunts.
8. Horses may be used only on designated horse trails and named or numbered roads. 
9. A marked footpath called the Ocean to Lake Trail traverses the area. Through-hikers may enter and exit the area via the Ocean to Lake Trail throughout the year.
Hunters, Check Stations, and Harvest Reporting:

1. Hunting equipment may not be taken onto the area until after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. 1 day after the end of the season.

2. Hunters must enter and exit the area via Gate 1. When check stations are staffed, all hunters shall report at the check station and check all harvested game.

3. When check stations are staffed, no deer or turkey shall be dismembered until being checked at the check station.

4. In addition to checking all game at the check station, all hunters must log their harvested deer prior to moving it and report their harvested deer within 24 hours. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook or MyFWC.com for deer harvest reporting instructions.

5. During the mobility-impaired season, hunters are requested not to drive vehicles from ½ hour before sunrise to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to ½ hour after sunset.
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, or crossbows may be used. 
10. For hunting migratory game, only shotguns, bows, or crossbows 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 or retrievers may be used to hunt gray squirrel, migratory birds, 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:
1. Camping is prohibited except at designated campsites. Camping at the Equestrian, Family, and Group campsites is allowed only by Special Use License (SUL) from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). To apply and receive an SUL by email, visit www.sfwmd.gov/sul. To receive an SUL by U.S. Mail, contact SFWMD at 1-866-433-6312 (allow 7-10 business days). No SUL is required for hikers camping at designated campsites on hiking trails.
2. No person shall bring building materials onto the area or erect permanent or semi-permanent structures.
3. Only tents are allowed at the primitive campsites. Only tents and pop-up campers are allowed at the Family and Group campgrounds. Only tents, trailers, or self-propelled camping vehicles are allowed at the Equestrian campground. 
4. Quiet hours are from 11p.m. to 7 a.m. when loud music, barking dogs, or any other activity causing excessive noise is prohibited in camping areas. Generators are prohibited during quiet hours in the equestrian campground and at all times in other campgrounds.
5. Pets must be physically restrained and under control within camping areas.
Bag and Possession Limits:
A guest hunter must share the host’s bag limit, except for bag limits specified as per person, and the host is responsible for violations that exceed the bag limit. No person shall exceed the statewide bag limits.

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

A. Area limits - 

Archery season - 1 antlered or antlerless deer per quota permit.

Muzzleloading gun and general gun seasons - 1 antlered deer per quota permit.

General gun mobility-impaired - 1 antlered and 1 antlerless deer per quota permit, but only mobility-impaired certified hunters may harvest an antlerless deer.

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 per youth turkey or spring turkey quota permit.

B. Statewide limits - 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 - Possession limit 1 unless in possession of a trapping license.

8. Otter - Prohibited.

9. Migratory birds - See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook.

10. Non-native reptiles - No bag limits.

 
Seasons ( Count: 11)
  • Archery Season
    September 10-12, 17-19, 24-26
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, archery 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, antlerless deer (which includes does and bucks with antlers less than 5 inches in length, but does not include spotted fawns), wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, and migratory birds in season.
    Regulations Unique to Archery Season - Only archery equipment may be used for hunting, except that centerfire shotguns are allowed for hunting migratory birds. Hunting with crossbows is prohibited (except by disabled crossbow permit).
  • Muzzleloading Gun Season
    October 8-10, 15-17, 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, and migratory birds in season.
    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.
  • General Gun Mobility-Impaired Season
    October 30-31
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area 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, antlerless deer (which includes does and bucks with antlers less than 5 inches in length, but does not include spotted fawns), wild hog, gray squirrel, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, and migratory birds in season.
    Regulations Unique to General Gun Mobility-Impaired Season - Mobility-impaired hunters may be accompanied by a guest hunter and another person who may assist the hunter in a non-hunting capacity; the assistant is exempt from all license, permit, and stamp requirements.
  • 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), and 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, and migratory birds in season. Quail may be hunted beginning November 13.
  • Wild Hog-Still Season
    Remaining 2021 hunt dates: May 8-16 (wild hog only), November 16-18, November 30 - December 2
    2022 hunt dates: April 9-17 (wild hog only), May 7-15 (wild hog only)
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Management area permit. All applicable licenses and permits are also required when hunting any legal species other than wild hogs during the November and December hunts.
    Legal to Hunt - During the November and December hunts, in addition to wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, and migratory birds in season. Bobcat may be hunted from December 1 through March 1. Only wild hog may be hunted during the May 8-16, 2021 and April 9-17 and May 7-15, 2022 hunts.  
    Regulations Unique to Wild Hog-Still Season - 
    1. Hunters must enter/exit via Gate 1.
    2. Only shotguns, rifles, pistols, airguns, bows, or crossbows may be used for hunting wild hog.
  • Small Game Season
    December 4 - January 23
    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 - Wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbits, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, bobcat, coyote, skunk, nutria, and migratory birds in season
    Regulations Unique to Small Game Season -
    1. Hunting with dogs is allowed for gray squirrel, migratory birds in season, quail, and rabbits only.
    2. Only shotguns, airguns, bows, and crossbows may be used for hunting.
    3. Hunters must enter/exit via Gate 1.
  • Trapping
    Trapping: Prohibited.
  • Spring Turkey Season
    Youth Turkey: February 26-27
    Spring Turkey: March 8-10, 18-20, 25-27
    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 direct physical supervision 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 statewide seasons that coincide with the seasons in this brochure for which migratory birds are listed as legal to hunt. See migratory bird hunting regulations.

    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit (if hunting during a 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 regulations.
    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 migratory birds during established area seasons when migratory birds are legal to hunt.
    3. Except in the posted dove field (where shooting hours are always noon until sunset), 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

    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Fishing license.
    Legal to Take - See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.
    Regulations Unique to Fishing - All General Freshwater Fishing Regulations shall apply. Frogging is prohibited.
  • Non-Native Reptiles
    Allowed year round.
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - None.
    Legal to take - Non-native reptiles including, but not limited to, Conditional and Prohibited reptiles such as the Argentine black and white tegu, green iguana, and Burmese python. Note: Conditional and Prohibited reptiles shall not be removed from the area alive.
    Regulations unique to removal of non-native reptiles -

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

    2. Firearms (as allowed by season) may be used to take non-native reptiles only during open hunting seasons summarized in this brochure.

    3. Conditional and Prohibited reptiles shall not be removed from the area alive.

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

    5. Please report take and sightings of non-native reptiles at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888-483-4681) or online at IveGot1.org.
 
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 FWC 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.
South Florida Water Management District Rules and Information:
This land was acquired under the Save Our Rivers (SOR) Program. The purpose of SOR is to conserve and protect unique and irreplaceable lands, restore areas to their original condition as much as possible, and allow controlled multiple recreational and educational uses consistent with this purpose.
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.