Pine Meadows Public Small Game Hunting Area
This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Pine Meadows 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 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.
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]): 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, by telephone at 888-486-8356 or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. 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:
Quota permits are not required for this area.
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.
- It is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass or woodlands.
- An FWC 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.
- No person shall cut or destroy any tree on, or remove any tree, shrub or protected plant from this area without written permission from Lake County.
- Open to public access year round during designated hours. Public access for purposes other than hunting, fishing or frogging is regulated by Lake County.
- On scheduled hunt days, vehicles are allowed from 4 a.m. to ½ hour after sunset. On non-hunt days vehicles are allowed only from 7 a.m. until the posted closing time(s) on entry signs by Lake County. All other vehicle access is regulated by Lake County.
- Scouting on foot or by bicycle is allowed only when area is open for public access.
- Vehicles are allowed only on named or numbered roads and in designated parking areas.
- Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or boat ramp area.
- Possession or use of airboats, tracked vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles is prohibited.
- Use of boat motors larger than 40 horsepower is prohibited.
- Boats shall be launched and loaded from the designated boat ramps and boat launches.
- Boats may only be operated at idle speed within the canal.
- Horseback riding is regulated by Lake County.
- Please report your leg bands at www.reportband.gov.
- Hunting is prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Hunting.”
- Hunting equipment may be taken onto the PSGHA after 7 a.m. 1 day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. 1 day after the end of the season.
- 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 within 500 feet of any paved road, pumping facility, electric powerlines or posted construction site is prohibited.
- Taking wildlife from any levees or the canal is prohibited.
- 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.
- Waterfowl retrievers, bird dogs and dogs with a shoulder height of 17 inches or less may be used for hunting during open seasons.
- For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed in designated locations only and must be restrained at all times with a leash (6 ft. or less in length).
- Waterfowl – Consult http://myfwc.com/hunting/by-species/ or the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook for detailed information on September duck season and duck, light goose and coot season.
- Snipe – Consult http://myfwc.com/hunting/by-species/ or the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook for detailed information on snipe season.
Snipe and duck, goose and coot seasons: Nov. 24, 27; Dec. 1, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29; January 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, and 26.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit, state waterfowl permit (unless hunting snipe only) and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
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, goose and coot season; ducks, geese, coot; and snipe is allowed only on the days of the snipe season that coincide with days that waterfowl hunting is permitted on this area.
Regulations Unique to Waterfowl and Snipe Seasons – All Migratory Bird Regulations shall apply.
- Hunting with lead shot is prohibited.
- Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.
Allowed from sunrise to sunset year-round when area is open to public access.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Fishing license (if fishing) or management area permit (if frogging).
Legal to Take – See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.
Regulations Unique to Fishing and Frogging – All General Freshwater Fishing Regulations shall apply.
- The use of cast nets or minnow lift nets is prohibited.
- Shooting frogs is allowed only during the listed open hunting seasons and only with the legal methods of take during each season.
- The address for assistance with GPS navigation to the entrance of this PSGHA is 2280 Pine Meadows Golf Course Road, Eustis, FL 32726.
- Land surfaces underwater are irregular. Exercise caution while on foot or horseback.
- For information regarding recreational use other than hunting, fishing and frogging please contact Lake County, Office of Parks and Trails at 352-253-4950 or at www.lakecountyfl.gov/parks.
- Report fires to the Division of Forestry at 352-797-4110.
- 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 and Lake County are not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
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.