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Limpkin by Meaghan Manning

Limpkin by Meaghan Manning

Fall and winter are the best seasons to hunt waterfowl and white-tailed deer. Winter is also a good time to observe snail kites, red-shouldered hawks and migratory birds. White ibis, snowy egrets, great egrets and other wading birds are common on the area, as well as many water birds, including limpkin and bitterns. The best time to observe an abundance of wading birds is in the spring, when water levels are usually low and fish are concentrated in the canals. Hiking and bicycling is best on non-hunting days in the fall through the spring when temperatures are lower and bugs fewer. Hikers, bicyclers and paddlers should wear brightly colored clothing during seasonal hunts, and avoid the first hour or so of daylight to minimize disturbance to hunters.

  • Get directions to Rotenberger WMA
  • See the regulations summary and map for access points, hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines.
  • Dogs are permitted but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the regulations summary.
  • No daily-use permit is required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate licenses and permits.
  • Camping is allowed only on the Miami Canal, Manley Ditch and Powerline levees during hunting seasons and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only during non-hunting periods. See the regulations summary for hunting season dates.
  • When water levels are adequate, the marsh can be accessed from unimproved boat ramps located along the Powerline levee and in the northeastern and southeastern corners of the property.
  • Restrooms are not available at this location.

Rotenberger Hunt Calendar


Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2018 through June 2019)

Season Dates
Archery August 4-26
General Gun-Vehicle October 20 through November 4
General Gun-Walk September 29 through October 14
Muzzleloading Gun September 1-9
Non-Native Reptiles March 4 through April 14 (Year-round when using methods other than guns) (Shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1/2 hour after sunset)
Small Game November 5 through March 3

Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons; please check the regulations summary for specifics.