Rocky Glades 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 Rocky Glades 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, county tax collector and at MyFWC.com.
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.
Hunting and fishing licenses and state waterfowl permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, the Internet at MyFWC.com/license or by telephone at 1-888-486-8356. 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; available where hunting licenses are sold, at most post offices or at duckstamp.com.
All general laws and regulations relating to wild animal life or freshwater aquatic life 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:
- 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, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
- It is unlawful for any person to leave any garbage or refuse, or in any way litter in the area.
- It is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass or woodlands.
- A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.
- Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.
- Tampering with or destruction of equipment, improvements, and water control structures is prohibited.
- Cutting or damaging fences is prohibited.
- Fires are prohibited.
- Wild hog may not be transported alive.
- A hunting license is not required for hunting wild hog.
- Public access is allowed year-round.
- This area is a walk-in access only. There are no roads open to vehicle traffic leading to the boundary of the area. You must park off Ingraham HWY at the eastern northbound canal levee or at the gate on the northwest corner of the canal bridge on 271th street (See Map).
- The operation of motorized vehicles on the area is prohibited.
- Airboats, outboard motors larger than 10 horsepower, tracked vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and swamp buggies are prohibited.
- Persons must enter and exit at the designated entrances.
- Hunting with guns other than bows, crossbows and shotguns is prohibited.
- Hunting at night with a gun is prohibited.
- 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.
- The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 FS.
- Waterfowl retrievers, bird dogs, and dogs with a shoulder height of 17 inches or less may be used for hunting during open seasons.
- Hunting hogs with dogs is prohibited.
- For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
Camping is prohibited.
- Hog – No size or bag limit.
- Gray Squirrel, quail, and rabbit – Daily limit 12, possession limit 24 for each game species.
- Migratory Birds - See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet for species specific bag limits.
- Conditional Reptiles – no size or bag limit
October 13 through March 3.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Hunting license, migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
Legal to take – Gray squirrel, wild hog, quail, rabbit, Conditional Reptiles (Indian python, Burmese python, reticulated python, Northern African/rock python, Southern African python, amethystine python, scrub python, green anaconda and Nile monitor), and migratory birds in season.
Regulations unique to small game season –
May be taken year round.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - no permit or licensing required
Legal to take - Non-native reptiles including Conditional Reptiles such as the Indian python, Burmese python, reticulated python, Northern African/rock python, Southern African python, amethystine python, scrub python, green anaconda and Nile monitor.
Regulations unique to removal of non-native reptiles -
- Non-native reptiles may be taken by methods other than firearms year round.
- During the open hunting seasons summarized in this brochure, firearms (as allowed during each season) may be used to take non-native reptiles, and from March 4 through April 14 firearms other than centerfire rifles may be used to take non-native reptiles.
- Conditional Reptiles shall not be removed from the area alive.
- Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.
- Please report take and sightings of Conditional Reptiles at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888-483-4681) or online at IveGot1.org.
Rail, common moorhen, mourning dove, white-winged dove, snipe, duck, geese, coot, woodcock and crow may be hunted during the statewide migratory bird seasons.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Hunting license, management area stamp, migratory bird permit, and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
Legal to Take –See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet.
Regulations Unique to Migratory Birds - In addition to these regulations, all Public Small Game Hunting Area Regulations shall apply.
- The use of lead shot for taking ducks, geese, and coots is prohibited.
- Shooting hours for migratory game is ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Fishing license.
Legal to Take - See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.
The U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap. 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.