This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Richloam 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 at MyFWC.com.
Persons using Richloam PSGHA must possess a wildlife management area permit (a hunting license is not required to hunt wild hog). The following persons are exempt from all license and permit requirements: 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. Licenses and permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, by telephone at 888-486-8356 or through the Commission’s Recreational License Issuance Service (RLIS).
Quota Permit Information:
Quota permits are not required for this area.
Youth hunters: A supervisor is required to accompany a youth or mentor license holder during any hunt. 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.
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 other food for wildlife on this area.
- Driving a metal object into any tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven, is prohibited.
- No person shall cut, damage or remove any natural, man-made or cultural resource without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
- Taking or attempting to take wild hog with the aid of live decoys, set guns, artificial light (see exception for wild hog-dog season), net, trap, snare, drug or poison is prohibited. Recorded calls and sounds may be used to hunt wild hog.
- The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.
- Hunting, fishing or trapping is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as closed to those activities.
- People, dogs, vehicles and other recreational equipment are prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Public Access” by FWC administrative action.
- 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.
- The planting or introduction of any non-native plant is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
- Wild hog may not be transported alive.
- A hunting license is not required to hunt wild hog.
- Littering is prohibited.
- It is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass or woodlands.
- An FWC Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.
- Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited except in designated areas per s. 589.011(4) FS, and 5I-4.005(17) FAC.
- Open to public access year round.
- Persons operating vehicles must enter and exit only at a designated entrance.
- Vehicles may be operated on named or numbered roads shown on the map only.
- Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
- No motor vehicle shall be operated in areas designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
- Tracked vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and airboats are prohibited.
- Hunting equipment may not be taken onto the PSGHA until after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. 1 day after the end of the season.
- Hunting is prohibited on the portion of Richloam PSGHA that lies west of CR 471 (labeled as “CLOSED TO HUNTING” on the attached brochure map).
- Only shotguns, rifles, pistols, air guns, bows or crossbows may be used for hunting.
- Hunting with archery equipment or guns is prohibited on or from rights-of-way of all paved roads, Clay Sink Road or Lacoochee Road.
- Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm or air gun 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.
- Hunting with full automatic 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.
- The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 FS.
- Wild hog may be hunted with dogs of any size or breed.
- 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.
- Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
- For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
- The Florida Forest Service regulates camping and a fee is required. Hunt camps also require a permit for reserved camping. For more information and dates hunt camps are open to the public, telephone the Withlacoochee Visitor Center at 352-797-4140. Sale of available reserved hunt campsites begins the first Thursday after Labor Day.
- Camping is allowed at all campgrounds during general gun season and only at Pless Place campground during archery, wild hog-dog, small game and spring turkey seasons.
- A hunt camp reservation (permit) is required at all times, except a limited number of overnight campsites are available at Pless Place for a daily fee during the wild hog-dog season.
- When camping is allowed, only designated campsites may be used.
- Only tents, trailers, temporary shelters or self-propelled camping vehicles may be used for camping.
- Firewood may only be gathered to be burned in a designated area in a Florida Forest Service campground with a valid camping permit.
- Alcohol is allowed at hunt camps, but only for permitted campers and their guests.
Wild hog - No size or bag limit.
May 25-27 and June 22-24, 2018.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Management area permit.
Legal to Hunt - Wild hog.
Regulations Unique to Wild Hog-Dog Season -
- Hunts begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning and end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday evening.
- Wild hog may be taken during the day or at night by aid of a light with dogs and a firearm, provided that no wild hog shall be shot during the period from ½ hour after sunset until ½ hour before sunrise until bayed by dogs. The hunting of wild hog by use of a light from a moving vehicle, boat or animal is prohibited.
- Hunting is prohibited in that portion of the area that lies west of CR 471.
- 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 Conservation Commission at 386-758-0525 (TDD 800-955-8771).
- Water in wells is not certified for human consumption.
- The FWC and FFS are not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
- Please report the location of any sick or extremely skinny deer to the Chronic Wasting Disease hotline, toll free at 866-293-9282.
Florida Forest Service Rules and Information:
- Most Florida State Forest campsites are reservable on any mobile device or computer by visiting FloridaStateForests.ReserveAmerica.com, or by calling ReserveAmerica at 877-879-3859. For your convenience, most locations also have walk up, first-come, first-served campsites.
- The Florida Forest Service requires a fee at some day-use areas and all campgrounds. Hunters are exempt from paying day-use fees 2 weeks prior to and during scheduled hunts. All campground and other fees apply. For information on general recreation and fees, please contact the Florida Forest Service at 352-797-4140.
- The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited per s. 589.011 FS, and 5I-4.005 FAC.
- The maximum speed limit on all forest roads is 30 MPH unless otherwise posted. The speed limit within hunt camps is 10 MPH.
- Florida Forest Service management includes prescribed burning and timber management most months of the year, including hunting seasons. Area users should contact the Florida Forest Service for information and location of burn areas, 352-797-4100.
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 percent 20 of the cost of the program.