Green Swamp 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 Green Swamp Wildlife Management 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 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 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:

Archery - 750, no-cost, daily quota permits are available first-come, first-served at the check station each day of the season.
General Gun (first 9 days) - 750, no-cost, quota permits for each of 2 hunts.
General Gun (after first 9 days) - 750, no-cost, daily quota permits are available first-come, first-served at the check station each day of the season.
Small Game - 300, no-cost, daily quota permits are available first-come, first-served at the check station each day of the season.
Wild Hog-dog - 160, no-cost, daily quota permits are available first-come, first-served at the check station each day of the season.
Spring Turkey (first 2 days) - 200, no-cost, spring turkey quota permits.
Spring Turkey (after first 2 days) - 200, no-cost, daily quota permits are available first-come, first-served at the check station each day of the season.

Refer to the Camping section for information related to camping permits.

Permit applications:  Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota and special-opportunity permits through the 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. Worksheets will be available about 2 weeks prior to each application period.

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. 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. 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. During a hunt that allows exemptions, a non-exempt supervisor of a youth must have a quota permit to hunt. 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. 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.

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 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 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. It is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass or woodlands.
  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.
  21. The possession or consumption of intoxicating beverages is prohibited.

Public Access and Vehicles:

  1. Open to public recreational access year round. Public access is limited to foot traffic and bicycles only, except during periods open for scouting or hunting, during fishing and frogging season (May 2 - June 14 Saturdays and Sundays only) and when camping is allowed.
  2. Except at campsites, vehicles may only be operated on the area from 1½ hours before sunrise until 1½ hours after sunset during established hunting seasons, and from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. 1 day prior to archery, general gun and spring turkey hunts. During the fishing and frogging season, vehicles may be operated during daylight hours only.
  3. Vehicle access to campsites is allowed after 8 a.m. 1 day prior to archery, general gun and spring turkey hunts until 1½ hours after sunset on the last day of the hunt. During wild hog-dog season vehicle access to campsites is allowed after 4 p.m. on Wednesdays until 1½ hours after sunset on Sundays. During small game, and the fishing and frogging seasons, vehicle access to campsites is allowed after 4 p.m. on Fridays until 1½ hours after sunset Sundays.
  4. Vehicles may be operated only on named roads, except Stanley Fish Hole, Orange Lake and Tillman Lake roads are open only during the fishing and frogging season.
  5. Stanley Fish Hole, Orange Lake and Tillman Lake roads will be open to vehicular traffic during the May-June fishing season.Tanic Grade, Powder Grade and Levee Road north of Main Grade are closed during this period.
  6. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  7. No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  8. Tracked vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, airboats, horses and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles are prohibited.
  9. Bicycles may be operated only on named roads and designated bicycle trails.
  10. A marked footpath called the Florida National Scenic Trail traverses the area. This trail is open to hikers throughout the year.

Hunters and Check Stations:

  1. Hunters shall enter and exit the area at a designated entrance and only during hours a check station is in operation.
  2. Hunters must check in at a check station upon entering and check out upon leaving the area and check all game harvested.
  3. 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 on the last day of each season.
  4. No deer or wild hog shall be dismembered until checked at a check station.
  5. Check station hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. during Eastern Daylight Saving Time and 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. during Eastern Standard Time, except during the small game and wild hog-dog seasons when hours are 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.
  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, only shotguns, bows, crossbows or falconry may be used.
  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, except bird dogs are allowed for hunting small game and any dog may be used during the wild hog-dog season.
  2. Hunting wild hogs with dogs is prohibited except during the wild hog-dog season.
  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:

  1. Camping is allowed by permit only and only within the site designated on the permit.
  2. Camping permits are available first-come, first-served at the campgrounds when camping is allowed or may be obtained in advance by submitting an electronic application.
  3. Campers may submit electronic applications for camping permits at county tax collector offices or online. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older to apply and are limited to 1 camping permit per season. Camping permits are issued by random draw (see worksheets for additional instructions and information). Please refer to MyFWC.com for specific application period dates. A worksheet with a list of available permits may be obtained 1-2 weeks before each application period from FWC offices, tax collectors, and at MyFWC.com.
  4. Camping permits are non-transferable. Camping permit holders may allow others to camp within their site; however, the permittee is responsible for the assigned site.
  5. Camping equipment must be removed by 8 p.m. on the last date listed on the camping permit.
  6. Tampering in any way with official markings of campsites is prohibited.
  7. Only tents, trailers or self-propelled camping vehicles may be used for camping.
  8. Unless contained in mobile campers, kitchen stoves, refrigerators and freezers are prohibited. Lumber, sheet metal and other building materials are also prohibited.
  9. The use of electrical generators powered by an internal combustion engine is prohibited from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m.
  10. A legible copy of the camping permit or the permittee’s name and permit number must be visibly affixed to camping shelters.
  11. During the small game season, camping is allowed only at the 471 campground. During the fishing and frogging season, camping is allowed only at the Rock Ridge campground.

Bag and Possession Limits: 

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

  1. Deer - Daily limit 2, possession limit 4.
  2. Wild hog - No size or bag limit.
  3. Turkey - 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:

October 18-19, 24-26, October 31 through November 2, November 7-9 and 14-16.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Daily quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, archery permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), wild turkey permit (if hunting wild turkey) and migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds).
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).

General Gun Season:

November 22 through January 18.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit (if hunting during first 9 days) or daily quota permit, hunting license, management area 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 - 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. Bobcat and otter beginning December 1.

Small Game Season:

January 24-25, January 31 through February 1, February 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Daily quota permit, 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, rabbit, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, beaver, coyote, skunk, nutria, bobcat, otter and migratory birds in season.
Regulations Unique to Small Game Season -

  1. Only the State Road 471 check station will be open.
  2. Hunting with centerfire rifles is prohibited.

Wild Hog-dog Season:

February 26 through March 1 and March 5-8.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Daily quota permit and management area permit.
Legal to Hunt - Wild hog only.
Regulations Unique to Wild Hog-dog Season -

  1. Each wild hog-dog daily quota permit allows a hunting group of 3 persons to participate in the hunt.
  2. Hunting with more than 3 free-running dogs per hunting group is prohibited.
  3. Both check stations and campgrounds will be open.

Trapping:  

Prohibited.

Spring Turkey Season:

March 21 through April 26.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit (if hunting during first 2 days) or daily quota permit, 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.
  2. Hunting other animals is prohibited.
  3. Only bows, crossbows and shotguns using a #2 or smaller shot size may be used for hunting.

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, general gun and small game seasons.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit or daily quota permit, 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 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 - 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. Access for fishing and frogging is restricted to foot traffic only, except during periods open to hunting and May 2 through June 14 (Saturdays and Sundays only). Stanley Fish Hole, Orange Lake and Tillman Lake roads will be open to vehicular traffic during the May-June fishing season. Tanic Grade, Powder Grade and Levee Road north of Main Grade are closed during this period.
  2. During the May-June fishing season, vehicular access is allowed at the designated entrance on Rock Ridge Road only and during daylight hours only.
  3. 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. Water in wells is not certified for human consumption.
  2. Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.
  3. If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 863-648-3200 (TDD 800-955-8771).
  4. 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.
  5. 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 or contact the District at 352-796-7211, 800-492-7862 (FL only), ext. 4470 or Recreation@WaterMatters.org.
  2. 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 check station. 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.
        Disorientation is a common problem among persons walking in the swamp. Individuals are encouraged to be familiar with the area they plan to travel and possess minimal survival equipment - compass, flashlight, matches, etc.
        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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