Hilochee PSGHA

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Regulations Summary and Area Map
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

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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 Hilochee 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 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.

Quota Permit Information:

Dove - 30, special-opportunity permits (no exemptions) for each of 10 hunts.

Annual Dove Club permits, which allow the permit holder to hunt all scheduled hunts for a particular field, are $150, and applications for the random drawing (Phase 1) must be submitted between 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) July 17, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) July 27, 2017 in order to be included in the random drawing. Any Dove Club permits that remain unissued after Phase 1 will be available during Phase 2 using the first-come, first-served method beginning 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) August 14, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) August 24, 2017. The cost of a Special-opportunity Daily Dove Hunt Permit is $35.50 for regular permits and $45.50 for an adult/youth combination permit. Applications for the random drawing (Phase 1) must be submitted between 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) August 28, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) September 7, 2017 in order to be included in the random drawing. Any Special-opportunity Daily Dove permits that remain unissued after Phase 1 will be available during Phase 2 using the first come, first served method beginning 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) September 22, 2017 until all permits are sold. All Special-opportunity dove permits can be applied for or purchased anywhere licenses are sold.

General Regulations:

Please consult the 2017-18 Hilochee Wildlife Management Area Regulations Summary and Area Map brochure available the Southwest Regional Office of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Lakeland or at myfwc.com/hunting/wma-brochures.

Regulations Specific to Special-Opportunity Dove Field:

  1. Dove hunting is allowed only within the posted dove field.
  2. Special-opportunity Daily Dove Permit holders that have not entered the posted dove field may have their permit voided by the check station operator, and may request a refund by submitting the voided permit and a refund request certified by the check station operator to Office of Licensing and Permitting, 2590 Executive Center Circle, Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Dove Club permit holders are not eligible for refund.
  3. Hunters must pick up all shotgun shells and other trash before leaving the dove field.

Public Access and Vehicles:

  1. Hunting on the posted dove field is allowed by special-opportunity dove permit only until the last dove hunt has occurred. After the last special-opportunity dove hunt, the dove field will be open for other hunters to use.
  2. Dove hunters may enter the area no earlier than 11 a.m. and exit the area no later than 1 hour after sunset.
  3. All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking area(s).

Hunters and Check Stations:

  1. Dove hunters shall check in and out at the designated dove field check station when entering or exiting the area and check all game taken.
  2. Each permitted hunter may be accompanied by one youth hunter and one non-hunting guest. The non-hunting guest shall remain under the supervision and in the presence of the permitted hunter at all times during the hunt. See F.A.C.68A-9007.
  3. Permits are transferrable until after the date and time they become effective.

Guns:

  1. Hunting with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.
  2. Shotguns shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
  3. Children under the age of 16 may not be in possession of a firearm unless in the presence of a supervising adult.

Dogs:

Only bird dogs are allowed for hunting on the posted dove fields during special-opportunity dove hunts.

Bag and Possession Limits:

Aggregate of mourning and white-winged dove - Daily limit 15.
Eurasian collared-dove and rock dove - no limit.
Only one daily bag limit may be possessed while in the field or returning from the field. A hunter may leave his or her birds with another person if the birds are tagged with the hunter’s signature and address, the total number of birds, by species, and the date birds were harvested.

Dove Hunt:

September 23 and 30, October 14 and 21, November 11, 25, December 16, 23 and January 6, 13.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Special-opportunity dove hunting permit, hunting license and migratory bird permit.

Legal to Take - Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, rock dove (common pigeon) and white-winged dove only.

Shooting hours - Noon until sunset.

Directions to the Hunting Area:

The Hilochee Special-opportunity Dove Field is located 13 miles south of Clermont in Lake County (see area map on reverse side). From intersection of US 27 and CR 474, travel west approximately 3.7 miles and turn left onto dirt road (Lake Road). Dove field will be on the left (east) of Lake Road (look for the signs for the dove field and check station).

Dove Field Updates:

MyFWC.com/dove/ provides information on FWC dove fields and is updated every Thursday throughout the dove season.

Report a Band:

  1. By phone: 800-327-BAND (800-327-2263)
  2. On the Internet: www.reportband.gov

Cooperation Requested:

If you spot law violators or suspicious activities, contact your nearest Commission regional office or call 1-888-404-FWCC. You may qualify for a cash reward from the Wildlife Alert Reward Association.

This agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibit discrimination by race, color, nationality, age, sex or disability.  If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility of this agency, write to:  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 or to:  Office of Human Relations, USFWS, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.



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