Plank Road SGA

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Regulations Summary and Area Map
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

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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 Plank Road 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, the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook and quota permit worksheets should provide the information necessary for you to plan your hunting activities. These publications are available from any Commission office and at

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 quota permits when listed as “no exemptions”): 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. 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, by telephone at 888-486-8356, or through the Commission’s Recreational License Issuance Services (RLIS).

Quota Permit Information

Quota permits are not required for this area.

Public Small Game Hunting Area Regulations:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or other food for wildlife on this area.
  3. Driving a metal object into any tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven, is prohibited.
  4. No person shall cut, damage or remove any natural, man-made or cultural resource without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
  5. The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.
  6. Hunting, fishing or trapping is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as closed to those activities.
  7. People, dogs, vehicles and other recreational equipment are prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Public Access” by FWC administrative action.
  8. 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.
  9. The release of any animal is prohibited, except by permit from FWC or written authorization from the landowner or primary land manager.
  10. Wild hog may not be transported alive.
  11. A hunting license is not required for the take of wild hog.
  12. Littering is prohibited.
  13. Fires are prohibited.
  14. A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle or boat, in accordance with law.
  15. The possession or consumption of intoxicating beverages is prohibited where posted by FFS.

Public Access and Vehicles:

  1. Open to public access year round from 1½ hours before sunrise until 1½ hours after sunset.
  2. Vehicles may enter the area only at designated entrances, and may be operated only on roads as depicted on the brochure map unless posted as closed (some roads may not be immediately open to the public due to road maintenance needs).
  3. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or firelane.
  4. Airboats, tracked vehicles, unregistered and unlicensed motorcycles, swamp buggies and all-terrain vehicles are prohibited.
  5. Bicycles and horses are allowed.
  6. Florida traffic laws relating to vehicles and vehicle operators apply on this area. The use of an unregistered or unlicensed vehicle is prohibited.


  1. Hunting equipment may not be taken onto the WMA until after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season.


  1. Hunting at night with a gun is prohibited.
  2. For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, rifles (rimfire and muzzleloading only), pistols, bows, crossbows or falconry may be used.
  3. For hunting migratory game, only shotguns, bows, crossbows or falconry may be used. Shotguns shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
  4. Hunting ducks, geese and coot with lead shot is prohibited.
  5. Taking wildlife with centerfire rifles is prohibited
  6. Air guns may be used to hunt rabbit, squirrel, and wild hog.
  7. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm or air gun must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
  8. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  9. Hunting with fully automatic firearms, explosive or drug-injecting devices and set guns is prohibited.
  10. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 FS.


  1. Hunting with dogs is prohibited except that dogs may be used to hunt small game (squirrel, rabbit, quail, and migratory birds) during the small game season.
  2. Hunting wild hog with dogs is prohibited.
  3. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
  4. For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.



Bag and Possession Limits:

  1. Wild hog - No size or bag limit.
  2. Gray squirrel, quail and rabbit - Daily limit 12 per person, possession limit 24 for each.
  3. Migratory birds - See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook.

Small Game Season:

November 11 through March 4.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).

Legal to Hunt - Wild hog, gray squirrel, quail, rabbit, and migratory birds in season.

Regulations Unique to Small Game Season - In addition to these regulations, all General Area Regulations shall apply.

  1. Legal shooting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset, except shooting hours are:
    1. ½ hour before sunrise until noon for ducks, geese and coots.
    2. noon until sunset for doves.
    3. ½ hour before sunrise until sunset for other migratory game birds.
  2. Hunting with centerfire rifles is prohibited.

Fishing and Frogging:

Allowed year round.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Fishing license (not required when frogging).

Legal to Take - See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.

Regulations Unique to Fishing and Frogging - All General Area Regulations and General Freshwater Fishing Regulations shall apply. Shooting frogs is allowed only during the small game season and only with the legal methods of take for that season.

General Information:

  1. Information for persons with disabilities can be found at
  2. If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 850-265-3676 (TDD 800-955-8771).
  3. The FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
  4. Please report the location of any sick or extremely skinny deer to the Chronic Wasting Disease hotline, toll free at 866-293-9282

Florida Forest Service Rules and Information:

  1. Most Florida State Forest campsites are reservable on any mobile device or computer by visiting, or by calling ReserveAmerica at (877) 879-3859. For your convenience, most locations also have walk up, first-come, first-served campsites.
  2. The Florida Forest Service requires a fee at some day-use areas and all campgrounds. Hunters are exempt from paying day-use fees 2 weeks prior to and during scheduled hunts. All campground and other fees apply. For information on general recreation and fees, please contact the Florida Forest Service at 850-681-5950.
  3. Florida Forest Service management includes prescribed burning and timber management most months of the year, including hunting seasons. Area users should contact the Florida Forest Service for information and location of burn areas, 850-681-5950.

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 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.

FWC Facts:
The traditional hunter safety course covers the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to be a safe hunter - with 12 hours of instruction, a test and 3 hours on a shooting range.

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