This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the C-23/24 Reservoir 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.
General 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:
- 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.
- Shooting hours for non-migratory legal game and wild hogs shall be from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.
- The release of any animal is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
- Wild hogs may not be transported alive.
- A hunting license is not required to hunt wild hog.
- 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.
Public Access and Vehicles:
- Public access is allowed year-round.
- Vehicles may be operated only in designated parking areas.
- Airboats, outboard motors larger than 10 horsepower, tracked vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and swamp buggies are prohibited.
- Persons must enter and exit at designated entrances.
- Hunting wildlife with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.
- Persons in possession of a valid concealed Weapon or Firearm License may carry concealed handguns.
- 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.
- For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
Camping is prohibited.
Bag and Possession Limits:
- 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.
October 12 through March 2.
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, hog, quail, rabbit, and migratory birds in season.
Rails, common moorhens, mourning doves, white-winged doves, snipe, ducks, geese, coots, woodcock and crows may be hunted during seasons established by the Commission for these species (See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet).
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Hunting license, 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 mourning doves and white-winged doves is from noon to sunset.
- Shooting hours for ducks and coots is ½ hour before sunrise until noon.
- Shooting hours for migratory birds other than doves, ducks, and coots is ½ hour before sunrise until 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.