Regulations Summary and Area Map
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
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This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the T.M. Goodwin 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, quota application worksheets 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 PSGHAs 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] or Goodwin/Broadmoor Waterfowl Permit): 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. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975 and 16 years of age or older must have passed a Commission-approved hunter-safety course prior to being issued a hunting license, except the Hunter Safety Mentoring exemption allows anyone to purchase a hunting license and hunt under the supervision of a licensed hunter, 21 years of age or older.
Licenses and permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, at MyFWC.com/license or by telephone at 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.
Waterfowl – 16 for the T.M. Goodwin Unit and 14 for the Broadmoor Unit, no-cost, nontransferable quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 21 hunts and 5 youth hunts (each permit allows 1-4 hunters). See #6 in the Hunters and Check Stations section for information about the PWD Duck Blind Qualifying Card.
Snipe – Daily quota of hunting groups to be determined. Each day hunting groups (1-4 hunters per group) will be allowed first-come, first-served, to enter beginning at 6 a.m. until the daily quota is reached.
Permit applications: Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota permits through the Commission’s Recreational License Issuance Services (RLIS). 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; please refer to the hunting handbook or MyFWC.com for specific dates. Worksheets will be available about 2 weeks prior to each application period. Hunters are limited to 1 permit per hunt. No more than 5 T. M Goodwin waterfowl quota permits can be acquired per person per permit type. Permits are valid only for the date listed on the permit.
General Area Regulations:
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 any other food for wildlife on this area.
- 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.
- Littering is prohibited.
- A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Officer may search any vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.
- Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.
- Tampering with or destruction of equipment (including signs), improvements, and water control structures is prohibited.
- Fires are prohibited.
- No person shall cut or destroy any tree on, or remove any tree, shrub or protected plant from this area without written permission from St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD).
Public Access, Vehicles and Vessels:
- On days closed to hunting (except for falconry hunting days):
Public recreational access is allowed year round (excluding state holidays), but only from 1 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunset and only by foot, horse, bicycle, or boat (40 hp or less), except horses are prohibited on L-75 and L-74-North. Vehicles are also allowed, but only during the dates and times specified here:
Broadmoor Marsh Unit: On Thursdays (excluding state holidays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on L-1, L-3, L-5, L-6, L-8, L-11, L-15 and L-74 North, except L-74 North can only be used as far north as L-6.
T.M. Goodwin Unit: On Mondays and Thursdays (excluding state holidays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but on Mondays, vehicles are prohibited past the point on L-75 that is directly north of 16W (see map).
- On hunt days (except for falconry hunting days):
Broadmoor Marsh Unit: Vehicles are allowed, but only from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. and only on L-1, L-3, L-5, L-6, L-8, L-11, L-15 and L-74 North, except L-74 North can only be used as far north as L-6.
T.M. Goodwin Unit: Vehicles are only allowed from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. and only persons participating in the hunt are allowed vehicle access. Persons hunting the Goodwin reservoir are allowed vehicle access on L-75 to the Goodwin reservoir boat ramp. Persons hunting Goodwin Lake are allowed vehicle access on L-75 up to L-104 and west on L-104 to the Goodwin Lake boat ramp. Persons hunting the PWD Blind are allowed vehicle access on L-75 up to L-104 and west on L-104 up to the PWD Blind. Persons hunting Broadmoor Marsh are allowed vehicle access on L-75. Outside of these persons and levees, vehicle access on hunt dates is prohibited.
- Vehicles may be parked only in designated parking areas (see map).
- Use of airboats, internal combustion engines greater than 40 hp, tracked vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, swamp buggies and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles is prohibited.
- Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or boat ramp area.
Hunters and Check Stations:
- Please report leg bands to 800-327-BAND or at reportband.gov.
- Hunting is prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Hunting.”
- Hunters may hunt only in assigned areas.
- Hunters must check in at a check station upon entering and check out upon leaving the area and check all game harvested by 1 p.m. each hunt day.
- Check station hours are 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the waterfowl seasons and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the snipe season.
- Hunters requesting a permit for the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) blind shall call the T.M. Goodwin office at 321-726-2862 beginning 10 a.m. on the Wednesday prior to the Saturday or Tuesday they wish to hunt. This permit will not be issued through RLIS. Only hunters with a PWD Duck Blind Qualifying Card issued by the Commission may apply for a permit to use the PWD blind. Visit MyFWC.com/ADA or call 850-488-5878 for information on obtaining a PWD Duck Blind Qualifying Card.
- For the waterfowl season: Permit holders must check in at the check station no later than 4:30 a.m. the morning of the hunt and must declare their hunting guests to the check station operator at that time; permits not claimed by this time will be forfeited. Permit holders who do not declare their hunting guests during the required time shall forfeit their ability to take hunting guests on their hunt. The selection order for hunt zones will be based on the order that permits were issued through RLIS.
Hunters without a permit (walk-in hunters) may enter a random draw at the check station at 4:30am the morning of each hunt until the daily quota is reached. Hunters selected during the random drawing shall check in at the check station immediately upon being selected (or forfeit their permit) and shall immediately declare their hunting guests or forfeit their ability to take hunting guests on their hunt.Hunters who receive a randomly drawn permit will select their preferred hunt location in the order that they were drawn from any unclaimed hunt locations. Hunters arriving after the random draw for forfeited permits has begun, will be eligible for a forfeited permit, in order of arrival, after all participants in the random draw have received a permit.
- For the snipe season: Hunters shall check in at the check station no earlier than 6 a.m. and may enter the area on a first-come, first served basis at the check station the morning of each hunt until the daily quota of hunting groups is reached. Hunters will select their preferred hunt locations on a first-come, first-served basis.
For falconry season: A check station will NOT be open. However, falconry hunters are asked to check in any harvested birds with FWC staff at the T.M. Goodwin Field Office (located at the designated entrance).
- The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 F.S.
- Taking ducks and coots from levees is prohibited, except for internal levees in the T.M. Goodwin reservoir.
- The take of wildlife with guns other than bows, crossbows or shotguns is prohibited.
- Shotguns used for taking wildlife shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in magazine and chamber combined.
- 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.
- Non-toxic shot approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must be used when hunting on this area.
The take of wildlife with a gun is prohibited during the falconry season, only falconry may be used.
- Only waterfowl retrievers, bird dogs, and dogs with a shoulder height of 17 inches or less may be used for hunting.
- For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
Bag and Possession Limits:
Bag limits and hunting dates are subject to change, per the authority of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, so consult Migratory Game Bird Regulations (including possession limits) for detailed information closer to the time of your hunt.
September wood duck and teal season: Sept. 17 and 20.
September teal season: September 24.
Duck, light goose and coot season: Nov. 17, 22 and 26; Dec. 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 and 31; January 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, and 28.
Youth hunts: Nov. 20, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 4 and 5.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements –
Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit, state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp.
Legal to Take –
Wood duck, teal and Canada geese during September duck season. Teal and Canada geese during September teal season. Duck, geese and coot during duck, light goose and coot season and the youth hunt. Common moorhen may also be taken during the youth hunt.
Regulations Unique to Waterfowl Season –
- Hunting ducks and coot with lead shot is prohibited.
- Shooting hours for ducks, coots and common moorhen are ½ hour before sunrise until noon.
Feb. 7, 11 and 14.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements –
Hunting license, management area permit and migratory bird permit.
Legal to Take – Snipe.
Regulations Unique to Snipe Season –
Shooting hours for snipe are ½ hour before sunrise until noon.
Jan. 30 and Feb. 2, 6, 9 and 13.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Hunting license, management area permit and migratory bird permit.
Legal to Take – Snipe.
Regulations Unique to Falconry Season –Hunting hours during the designated falconry season for snipe are from 9am to 4pm.
Allowed year round.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements –
Legal to Take –
See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.
Regulations Unique to Fishing –
- When bank fishing on Goodwin Lake, only hook and line or rod and reel is allowed.
- Fishing by boat on Goodwin Lake is allowed by permit only on Mondays and Thursdays (except state holidays) and only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and shall be limited to 2 boats per day by permit only. Call the FWC at 352-732-1225 during business hours for information on obtaining the permits.
- No person shall take or possess black bass on Goodwin Lake.
- No person shall take in any 1 day from Goodwin Lake more than 20 panfish, in the aggregate.
- Frogging is prohibited.
- This brochure does not contain information about alligator hunting. To find out more about alligator hunting, please visit Statewide Alligator Harvest Program
- For information regarding recreational use other than hunting, please call the FWC at 321-726-2862.
- Report fires to the Florida Forest Service at 407-888-8760.
- Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility information is available at MyFWC.com/ADA.
- If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Commission at 352-732-1225 (TDD 800-955-8771).
- The FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
- Periodically, this area may be subject to flooding due to adverse weather conditions.
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 20 percent of the cost of the program.