Andrews WMA

Regulations Summary and Area Map
July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

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This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Andrews Wildlife Management Area. Regulations that are new or differ substantially from last year are shown in bold print. Area users should still 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 from any Commission office, county tax collector and 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 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 are exempt from the federal duck stamp. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975 and 16 years of age or older must have passed a Commission-approved hunter-safety course prior to being issued a hunting license, except the Hunter Safety Mentoring exemption allows anyone to purchase a hunting license and hunt under the supervision of a licensed hunter, 21 years of age or older.

Licenses and permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, at MyFWC.com/license or by telephone at 888-486-8356. 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 Duckstamp.com.

 

Quota Permit Information:

Archery - 45, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 2 hunts.
Supervised Youth - 40, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 2 hunts.
Muzzleloading Gun - 30, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 2 hunts.
General Gun - 30, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions).
Small Game - 40, no-cost, daily quota permits (no exemptions) issued first-come, first-served at the check station each day.
Family -30, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 2 hunts.
Youth Turkey - 20, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions).
Spring Turkey - 25, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 2 hunts.

Permit applications: Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota permits through the Commission’s Recreational License Issuance Services (RLIS). 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.

Guest hunters: For each non-transferable archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, wild hog, spring turkey and mobility-impaired quota permit issued through the Commission’s RLIS, a quota permit holder (host) may take a guest hunter by obtaining a guest permit. Guest hunters are not allowed during the following quota hunts: supervised youth, family and youth turkey. 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 host must share the bag limit with the guest hunter and the host is responsible for violations that exceed the bag limit. 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 and must hunt in the same zone to which the host is assigned. Refer to the quota hunt worksheets for additional information.

Youth and mentor license holders: 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. If the supervisor is hunting during any hunt for which quota permits are issued, at least 1 person in the party must be in possession of a quota permit. A non-hunting supervisor is allowed to accompany a youth or mentor license holder during any hunt.

Transfer of permits: Quota and guest permits are not transferable; antlerless deer permits are 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, guest permit or antlerless deer permit is prohibited.

Zone tags: The hunter quota is divided among zones (see map): archery season – A-3, B-8, C-9, D-9, E-4 and F-12; muzzleloading gun and general gun seasons – A-2, B-5, C-5, D-7, E-3 and F-8; small game season and supervised youth hunt – A-3, B-7, C-7, D-9, E-4 and F-10;family hunt – A-3, B-6, C-6, D-6, E-3 and F-6; youth turkey hunt – A-2, B-4, C-4, D-4, E-2 and F-4; and spring turkey hunt – A-2, B-5, C-4, D-6, E-2 and F-6.

Zone tags will be issued to hunters on a first-come, first-served basis at the check station and must be kept in the hunters’ possession while on the area. Hunters are only allowed to hunt in zones corresponding to the zone tags in their possession. The guest hunter must hunt in the same zone to which the host is assigned. Zone tags are not transferable; however, a zone tag may be exchanged for another at the check station if available. Zone tags shall be returned to the check station before exiting the area. Zone tags may be reserved for the next day.

Daily-Use Permit Information:

Persons engaged in recreational activities other than hunting must possess a daily-use permit or a management area permit. Permits may be purchased at designated entry points of the management area. A daily-use permit is $3 per person, $6 per non-commercial vehicle, $75 per group of 25 to 100 people and $150 for groups of 101 people or more. Cash and personal checks are acceptable methods of payment. Members of a management area permit holder’s immediate family (spouse and dependent children) while traveling in the same vehicle or in the company of a permit holder and persons exempt from the management area permit requirement, are exempt from this permit requirement for recreational uses other than hunting.

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. Species legal to hunt are listed under each season.
  3. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place bait or any 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 may 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 exception for each season).
  12. The release of any animal is prohibited, without 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 of the landowner or primary land manager.
  15. Wild hog may not be transported alive.
  16. A hunting license is not required for the take of wild hog.
  17. Littering is prohibited.
  18. Fires are prohibited.
  19. A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 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 periods open to hunting, when only persons participating in the hunts are allowed. During non-hunting periods, a daily-use permit or management area permit is required to access the area.
  2. During periods when the area is closed to hunting, persons may enter the area no earlier than ½ hour before sunrise and must exit no later than ½ hour after sunset.
  3. Vehicles may be operated only on improved portions of named or numbered roads.
  4. All-terrain vehicles and horses are prohibited.
  5. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  6. No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.

Hunters and Check Stations:

  1. Hunting equipment may not be taken onto the WMA 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 check in at a check station upon entering and check out upon leaving the area and check all game harvested.
  3. During periods open to hunting, access is allowed only from 1½ hours before sunrise until 1½ hours after sunset; during spring turkey season, hunters shall exit the area by 2 p.m.
  4. During periods open to hunting, all persons must enter and exit at the designated entrance.

Guns:

  1. Hunting at night with a gun is prohibited.
  2. Muzzleloading guns used for taking deer must be .40 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. Air guns may be used to hunt gray squirrel and rabbits during any season when these species are legal to hunt, except archery and muzzleloading gun.
  5. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm or air gun must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
  6. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, rifles, pistols, bows, crossbows or falconry may be used.
  8. For hunting migratory game, shotguns, bows, crossbows or falconry may be used. Shotguns shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
  9. Hunting with full automatic or silencer-equipped firearms, centerfire semi-automatic rifles having a magazine capable of holding more than 5 rounds, explosive or drug-injecting devices and set guns is prohibited.
  10. 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.
  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:

Prohibited.

Bag and Possession Limits:

A guest hunter must share the host’s bag limit. No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.

  1. Deer -
    1. Archery season - 1 antlered or 1 antlerless deer per quota permit.
    2. Supervised youth hunt - 1 antlered or 1 antlerless deer (by antlerless deer permit only) per quota permit.
    3. Muzzleloading gun and general gun seasons - 1 antlered deer per quota permit.
  2. Wild hog - No size or bag limit.
  3. Turkey -
    1. Archery season - Daily limit 1, season limit 2, possession limit 2.
    2. Spring turkey season - Daily limit 1, season limit 2, possession limit 2.
  4. Gray squirrel, quail and rabbit - Daily limit 12, possession limit 24 for each.
  5. Raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk and nutria - No bag limits.
  6. Bobcat and otter - Possession limit 1 unless in possession of a Trapping License.
  7. Migratory birds - See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

Archery Season:

September 19-21 and 26-28.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit, zone tag, 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 - Any deer (except spotted fawn), wild hog, turkey of either sex, gray squirrel, quail, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria and migratory birds in season.

Regulations Unique to Archery Season - Hunting with guns or crossbows (except by disabled crossbow permit) is prohibited, except that centerfire shotguns are allowed for hunting migratory birds when 1 or more species are legal to hunt (see Migratory Bird section and the current Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet).


Supervised Youth Hunt:

October 18-19 and 25-26.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit and zone tag.

Legal to Hunt - Deer with at least 1 antler 5 inches or more in length, antlerless deer (which includes does and bucks with antlers less than 5 inches in length, but not spotted fawn) by antlerless deer permit only and wild hog.

Regulations Unique to Supervised Youth Hunts -

  1. Only persons at least 8 years old, but younger than 16 years old, may hunt.
  2. Each hunter must be in the presence and under the direct supervision of an adult not younger than 18.

Muzzleloading Gun Season:

October 31 through November 2 and November 7-9.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit, zone tag, hunting license, management area permit, muzzleloading gun permit, deer permit (if hunting deer) and migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds).

Legal to Hunt - Deer with at least 1 antler 5 inches or more in length, wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbit, 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 when 1 or more species are legal to hunt (see Migratory Bird section and the current Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet).

General Gun Season:

November 14-16.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit, zone tag, hunting license, management area permit, deer permit (if hunting deer) and migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds).

Legal to Hunt - Deer with at least 1 antler 5 inches or more in length, wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria and migratory birds in season.


Family Hunt:

November 29-30 and December 6-7.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit, zone tag, hunting license and management area permit.

Legal to Hunt - Wild hog, raccoon, opossum, beaver, coyote, skunk and nutria. Bobcat and otter beginning December 6.

Regulations Unique to Family Hunts -

  1. 1 or 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.

Small Game Season:

December 26-28, January 2-4 and 9-11.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Daily quota permit, zone tag, hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds) and state waterfowl and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).

Legal to Hunt - Gray squirrel, quail, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, bobcat, otter and migratory birds in season.

Regulations Unique to Small Game Season - Hunting with centerfire rifles is prohibited.

Trapping:

Prohibited.

Spring Turkey Season:

Youth Turkey:  March 14-15.

Spring Turkey:  March 27-29 and April 17-19.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit, zone tag, hunting license, management area permit and wild turkey permit.

Legal to Hunt - Bearded turkey or gobbler.

Regulations Unique to Spring Turkey Season -

  1. Legal shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until 1 p.m.  Hunters must exit the area by 2 p.m.
  2. Hunting other animals is prohibited.
  3. Only bows, crossbows and shotguns using a #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 Seasons:

Rails, common moorhen, mourning dove, white-winged dove, snipe, ducks, geese, coot, woodcock and crows may be hunted during seasons established by the Commission for these species that coincide with the archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun or small game seasons.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit, zone tag, hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit, and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting ducks).

Legal to Hunt - See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

Regulations Unique to Migratory Bird Seasons - All Migratory Bird Regulations shall apply.

  1. Hunting ducks, geese and coot with lead shot is prohibited.
  2. Centerfire shotguns are allowed for hunting during established area seasons when 1 or more migratory birds are legal to hunt.

Fishing and Frogging:

Allowed year round

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Daily-use or management area permit and fishing license (not required when frogging).

Legal to Take - See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.

Regulations Unique to Fishing and Frogging - All General Freshwater Fishing Regulations shall apply.

  1. During open hunting seasons, access to the area is allowed only by persons participating in the hunts.
  2. Shooting frogs is allowed only during the listed open hunting seasons and only with the legal methods of take during each particular season.

General Information:

  1. Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.
  2. This land was acquired under the Conservation and Recreational Lands (CARL) and Save Our Rivers (SOR) programs. The purpose of these programs is to conserve and protect unique and irreplaceable land and water resources, restore areas to their original condition as much as possible and allow controlled multiple recreational and educational uses consistent with this purpose.
  3. If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 386-758-0525 (TDD 800-955-8771).
  4. FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
  5. Please report the location of any sick or extremely skinny deer to the Chronic Wasting Disease hotline, toll free at 866-293-9282.

 

Cooperation Requested:

If you spot law violators or suspicious activities, contact your nearest Commission regional office or call 888-404-FWCC. You may qualify for a cash reward from the Wildlife Alert Reward Association.
Youth hunt participants are encouraged to successfully complete a Commission-approved hunter education safety course prior to participating in the hunt.
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.

 



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