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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.
  • For access points, hours of operation and vehicle use guidelines, see the regulations summary brochure.
  • Dogs are permitted but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Regulations regarding hunting dogs can be found in the regulations summary brochure.
  • 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 brochure for hunting season dates.
  • During scheduled hunt days, all WMA visitors are encouraged to wear a daylight fluorescent orange shirt, vest, jacket and/or hat.
  • 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.
Calendar

Rotenberger Hunting Seasons

Year-at-a-Glance Calendar

Archery: Aug 7-29
Muzzleloading Gun: Sep 4-12
General Gun-Walk: Oct 2-17
General Gun-Vehicle: Oct 23 – Nov 7
Small Game: Nov 8 – Mar 6
Non-Native Reptiles: Year-round (firearms may be used only during open hunting seasons. Firearms other than centerfire rifles may also be used from Mar 7 – Apr 10)
Migratory Birds: See migratory bird hunting dates

These season dates are not comprehensive guides to the hunting seasons on these areas and may be subject to change. For additional information about dates, times and regulations please check the regulations summary brochure.