Frog Pond North 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 Frog Pond North Dove Field 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 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 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.
Licenses and permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, by telephone at 1-888-486-8356 or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. A no-cost Migratory Bird Permit is available when purchasing a hunting license.
Quota Permit Information:
Dove - 50, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 4 dove field hunts during phase 1 of dove season. One youth under 16 years of age may accompany an adult dove permit holder and may hunt under the supervision and in the presence of the permit holder, provided that the permit holder and youth may each take one daily bag limit of doves. Permits are transferable. NOTE: A quota permit is not required during dove field hunts during phase 2 and 3 of dove season.
Permit applications: Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota and special-opportunity permits at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. 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.
- Public access to the dove field is prohibited except for dove hunters during established dove field hunts (Saturdays only during dove season). During phase 1 of dove season only quota permitted dove hunters and their guests may access the field and only on their scheduled hunt dates and times.
- Dove hunters may enter the area no earlier than noon and must exit the area no later than 1 hour after sunset.
- All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking areas.
- During phase 1 dove hunts 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.
- A quota permit is not required to hunt the dove field during phase 2 and 3 of dove season.
- FWC staff will provide access to the field, but there will be no check station and hunt stations will not be assigned. It is each dove field hunter’s responsibility to station themselves a safe and respectful distance from other participants.
- Dove hunting is only allowed within the posted dove field.
- Hunters must pick up all shotgun shells and other trash before leaving the area.
- Only bird dogs may be used for hunting during dove field hunts.
- The use of lead shot for dove hunting on the Frog Pond North Public Small-game Hunting Area is expressly prohibited. All hunters must use non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Hunting with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.
- Shoguns shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
- Children under the age of 16 may not be in possession of a firearm unless in the presence of a supervising adult.
- The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s.790.15 FS.
- No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
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.
Phase 1 (quota permit required) - September 28 and October 5, 12, and 19
Phase 2 and 3 (quota permit NOT required) - November 9, 16, 23 and 30, December 21 and 28, and January 4, 11, 18 and 25.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit (Phase 1 hunts only), hunting license, management area permit, 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 Frog Pond North Special-Opportunity Dove Field is located 8 miles west of Homestead in Dade County (see area map on reverse side). From the Florida Turnpike’s end in Homestead, turn right (west) at first light (SR 9336). Then, continue on SR 9336 through Florida City, and follow signs to Everglades National Park. Look for signs to the Frog Pond dove field which will be on the right (north) side of the road (approximately 0.4 mile before entering the Everglades National Park).
Report a Band - On the Internet: www.reportband.gov
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 handicap. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility of this agency, write to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, 620 South Meridian Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 or to: Office of Human Relations, USFWS, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C. 20240.