Ocklawaha Prairie PSGHA
This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Ocklawaha Prairie Public Small Game Hunting Area (PSGHA). 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, quota application worksheets and the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook should provide the information necessary for you to plan your hunting activities. These publications are available at MyFWC.com.
Persons using PSGHAs are required to have appropriate licenses, permits and stamps. The following persons are exempt from all license and permit requirements (except for the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp [federal duck stamp], Ocklawaha Prairie waterfowl quota permit and Ocklawaha Prairie snipe quota permit): 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, or by telephone at 888-486-8356 or through the Commission’s Recreational License Issuance Services (RLIS). 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.
Quota Permit Information:
Waterfowl – 20, no-cost, nontransferable quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 22 hunts.
Snipe – 20, no-cost, nontransferable quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 11 hunts.
Permit applications: Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota permits through 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; please refer to the hunting handbook or MyFWC.com for specific dates. Worksheets will be available about 2 weeks prior to each application period. Hunters are limited to 1 permit per hunt. No more than 5 Ocklawaha Prairie waterfowl quota permits can be acquired per person, per permit type. Up to 3 hunters may hunt per permit. Permits are valid only for the date listed on the permit.
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:
- It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or any other food for wildlife on this area.
- 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.
- The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.
- Public access is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as “Closed” or “Restricted.”
- 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.
- The release of any animal is prohibited, except by permit from FWC or written authorization from the landowner or primary land manager.
- Littering is prohibited.
- A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Officer may search any vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.
- Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.
- Tampering with or destruction of equipment (including signs), improvements, and water control structures is prohibited.
- Fires are prohibited.
- No person shall cut or destroy any tree on, or remove any tree, shrub or protected plant from this area without written permission from St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD).
- Public recreational access is allowed year round. On days open to hunting, public access for non-hunting purposes is allowed only in the Closed to Hunting area on the eastern side of the property (see map).
- Vehicles may be operated only on levees and may be parked only in designated parking areas.
- Vehicular access is allowed only on scheduled hunt days and days open for scouting. Days open for scouting: Sept. 21, Nov. 16 and Feb. 1.
- Only 1 vehicle may be used per quota permit. Hunters will use the lock combination provided on the quota permit for access through the designated entrance gate. Hunters should close and lock the gate when entering and exiting the area.
- Airboats, outboard motors larger than 40 horsepower, tracked vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, swamp buggies and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles are prohibited.
- Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or boat ramp area.
- Boats shall be launched and loaded from the designated boat ramps only.
- The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 FS.
- Taking wildlife from or across dikes, levees, campsites or bridges is prohibited, except that taking wildlife from levees shall be allowed while snipe hunting.
- Taking wildlife with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.
- Shotguns used for taking wildlife shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in magazine and chamber combined.
- Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
- No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Only waterfowl retrievers, bird dogs, and dogs with a shoulder height of 17 inches or less may be used for hunting.
- For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
September wood duck and teal season: Sept. 22 and 26.
September teal season: Sept. 29.
Duck, light goose and coot season: Nov.17, 21 and 24; Dec. 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29; Jan. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23 and 26.
Youth hunt: February 2.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Ocklawaha Prairie waterfowl quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit, state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp.
Legal to Take – Wood duck, teal and Canada geese during September wood duck and teal season; teal and Canada geese during September teal season; ducks, geese and coot during duck, light goose and coot season and the youth hunt.
Regulations Unique to Waterfowl Season – All Migratory Bird Regulations shall apply.
- Hunting ducks, geese and coot with lead shot is prohibited.
- Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until noon.
Nov. 3, 7, 10, 14 and 28; Dec. 1 and 5; Jan. 30; Feb. 6, 9 and 13.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Ocklawaha Prairie snipe quota permit, hunting license, management area permit and migratory bird permit.
Legal to Take – Snipe.
Regulations Unique to Snipe Season – All Migratory Bird Regulations shall apply. Shooting hours for snipe are ½ hour before sunrise until noon.
Allowed year round.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Fishing license.
Legal to Take – See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.
Regulations Unique to Fishing and Frogging– All General Freshwater Fishing Regulations shall apply. The possession of cast nets or minnow lift nets is prohibited. Frogging allowed year round. Shooting frogs is allowed only during the listed open hunting seasons and only with the legal methods of take during each particular season.
- Land surfaces underwater are irregular. Exercise caution while on foot or horseback.
- For information regarding recreational use other than hunting, please call the St. Johns River Water Management District at 386-329-4404.
- Report fires to the Florida Forest Service at 352-955-2010.
- Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.
- If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Commission at 352-732-1225 (TDD 800-955-8771).
- The FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
- The SJRWMD management activities include prescribed burning and timber management most months of the year, including hunting seasons. For more information, please visit the Announcements and property closures page or the SJRWMD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-329-4404.
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.
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.