Lake Panasoffkee Public Small Game Hunting Area

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 Lake Panasoffkee 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.

Permit, Stamp and License Information:

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 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 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 at www.duckstamp.com.External Website

Quota Permit Information: 

Not required for this area.

General Regulations:

In addition to the regulations that follow, all general laws and regulations relating to wild animal life shall apply, unless specifically exempted for this area.

  1. Shooting hours for legal game shall be one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.
  2. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or other food for wildlife on this area.
  3. Driving a metal object into any tree, or hunting from a tree in which a metal object has been driven is prohibited.
  4. Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.
  5. Tampering with or destruction of equipment, improvements, and water control structures is prohibited.
  6. Public access is prohibited in portions of public hunting areas that are posted as “Closed” or “Restricted.”
  7. The release of any animal is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
  8. 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 wild hog and crows.
  9. The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.
  10. Wild hogs may not be transported alive.
  11. A hunting license is not required to take wild hog.
  12. It is unlawful for any person to leave any garbage or refuse, or in any way litter in the area.
  13. It is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass or woodlands.
  14. A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.

Public Access and Vehicles:

  1. Public recreational access is allowed year-round from sunrise until sunset.
  2. During periods open for hunting, public access is allowed from 1.5 hours before sunrise until 1.5 hours after sunset.
  3. Vehicles may be parked in designated parking areas only.
  4. Motorized vehicles and vessels are prohibited on the area.

Hunters:

  1. Hunters must enter at the designated entrance.
  2. Hunters may enter the area no earlier than 1.5 hours before sunrise and shall exit the area no later than 1.5 hours after sunset.

Guns:

  1. Hunting with centerfire rifles is prohibited.
  2. Air guns may be used to hunt gray squirrel and rabbits.
  3. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm or air gun must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
  4. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  5. For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, rifles (muzzleloader and rimfire only), pistols, bows, crossbows or falconry may be used.
  6. For hunting migratory game, only 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
  7. Hunting with full automatic or silencer-equipped firearms, centerfire rifles, explosive or drug-injecting devices and set guns is prohibited.
  8. 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 wild hog with dogs is prohibited.
  2. Hunting with dogs except waterfowl retrievers and bird dogs is prohibited.
  3. 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.
  4. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
  5. For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. During non-hunting periods, the possession of dogs shall only be as authorized by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Camping:

Prohibited.

Bag and Possession Limits:

  1. Wild hog - No size or bag limit.
  2. Gray squirrel, quail and rabbit - Daily limit 12, possession limit 24 for each game species.
  3. Migratory birds - See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

Small Game:

January 16-18, 23-25, January 30 through February 1, February 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 and February 27 through March 1.

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 Take - Wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbit, and migratory birds in season.

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

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 small game 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 - See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

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

  1. Hunting with bird dogs or retrievers is allowed.
  2. Hunting ducks, geese and coot with lead shot is prohibited.

General Information:

  1. If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 352-732-1225 (TDD 800-955-8771).
  2. The FWC and the District are not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
  3. Please report the location of any sick or extremely skinny deer to the Chronic Wasting Disease hotline, toll free at 866-293-9282.

Southwest Florida Water Management District Rules and Information:

  1. Public use of District lands is regulated by Chapter 40D-9 of the Florida Administrative Code, in addition to the above-listed FWC rules.  For detailed information regarding public-use rules and recreational opportunities on District lands, please visit WaterMatters.org/recreation External Website or contact the District at 352-796-7211, 800-492-7862 (FL only), ext. 4470 or Recreation@WaterMatters.org.
  2. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on this area.
  3. All persons using the area should become familiar with the status of control burning areas on a daily basis. These areas will be posted at the entrance. Please do not park vehicles or leave any equipment in or adjacent to these areas.

Cooperation Requested:

If you see 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.

All persons hunting during small game hunts are requested to wear blaze-orange headgear and/or vests.

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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