Rolling Meadows Unit

Regulations Summary and Area Map 
July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

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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 Rolling Meadows Unit of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area. 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 this area are required to have appropriate licenses, permits and stamps. The following persons are exempt from all license and permit requirements (except 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. 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; available where hunting licenses are sold, at most post offices or at www.duckstamp.com.

Quota Permit Information:

Quota permits are not required for this area.

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:

  1. Any person hunting deer or accompanying another person hunting deer shall wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent-orange material as an outer garment, above the waistline. These provisions are not required when hunting with a bow and arrow during archery season.
  2. Taking of spotted fawn, swimming deer or roosted turkey is prohibited. Species legal to hunt are listed under each season.
  3. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or other food for wildlife on this area.
  4. Driving a metal object into any tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven, is prohibited.
  5. No person shall cut, damage or remove any natural, man-made or cultural resource without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
  6. 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. Recorded calls and sounds can be used to hunt furbearers, wild hog and crows.
  7. The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.
  8. Hunting or fishing is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as closed to those activities.
  9. 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.
  10. Most game may be hunted from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset (see exceptions for each season).
  11. The head and evidence of sex may not be removed from the carcass of any deer or turkey on the area.
  12. Wild hog may not be transported alive.
  13. Littering is prohibited.
  14. Fires are prohibited.
  15. A Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Officer may search any boat, in accordance with law.
  16. Falconers may hunt during the statewide falconry season anytime this area is open for public access.
  17. Tampering with or destruction of equipment, improvements and water control structures is prohibited.
  18. Releasing wildlife of any species is prohibited unless authorized by permit from the executive director.

Public Access and Vehicles:

  1. Open to public recreational access only from 1½ hours before sunrise until 1½ hours after sunset on Saturdays and Sundays. Public access to the area is allowed only by boat from Lake Hatchineha. Beginning April 21, 2014, this area will be closed to public access.
  2. Motorized vehicles and motorized vessels (including trolling motors) are prohibited. Motorized vessels are allowed in Lake Hatchineha, which is not part of the Rolling Meadows Unit.  Persons who use motorized vessels to get to Rolling Meadows Unit (Unit) should secure them in the canals and waterways outside of the Unit.
  3. Public access is prohibited in portions of the area posted as “Closed” or “Restricted.”

Hunters:

  1. Treestands may be erected and maintained only from 1 weekend before the start of small game season through the last day of spring turkey season. 
  2. Wild hog may only be hunted with a firearm or archery equipment from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.
  3. Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.

Guns:

  1. Hunting is prohibited on, from or across the levees.
  2. Hunting with firearms other than muzzleloading guns and shotguns is prohibited.
  3. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 FS.
  4. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
  5. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  6. For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, muzzleloading guns, bows, crossbows or falconry may be used.
  7. 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.
  8. Hunting with full automatic or silencer-equipped firearms, explosive or drug-injecting devices and set guns is prohibited.

Dogs:

  1. Hunting wild hog with dogs is prohibited.
  2. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.

Camping:

Prohibited.

Bag and Possession Limits:

  1. Wild hog - No size or bag limit. 
  2. Turkey - Daily limit 1, season limit 2 (includes turkeys harvested during the youth turkey hunt), possession limit 2.
  3. Gray squirrel, quail and rabbit - Daily limit 12, possession limit 24 for each.
  4. Migratory birds - See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

Small Game Season:

November 9 through March 2 (Saturdays and Sundays only).

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

Regulations Unique to Small Game Season -
Only bows, crossbows, raptors, shotguns and muzzleloading guns are allowed for hunting.

Trapping:

Prohibited.


Spring Turkey Season:

Youth Turkey: March 8-9.
Spring Turkey: March 15 through April 20.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Hunting license and wild turkey permit.

Legal to Hunt - Bearded turkey or gobbler.

Regulations Unique to Spring Turkey Season -

  1. Legal shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.
  2. Hunting animals other than wild hog, rabbit, armadillo and wild turkey is prohibited.
  3. Only bows, crossbows and shotguns using a #2 or smaller shot size may be used for hunting wild turkey.
  4. During the youth turkey hunt, only youth under 16 years of age may hunt wild turkey and must be under the supervision and in the presence of an adult not younger than 18 years of age. Adults with required licenses and permits for taking wild turkeys may participate when in the presence of a youth, but may not harvest any wildlife.

Migratory Bird Seasons:

Rails, common moorhen, mourning dove, white-winged dove, snipe, duck, geese, coot, woodcock and crows may be hunted on Saturdays and Sundays only during seasons established by the Commission for these species, beginning September 21

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

Legal to Hunt -
See Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

Regulations Unique to Migratory Bird Seasons - All Migratory Bird Regulations shall apply.

  1. Hunting duck, geese and coot with lead shot is prohibited.
  2. Centerfire shotguns are allowed for hunting during established area seasons when 1 or more migratory birds are legal to take.
  3. Construction or use of permanent blinds or structures is prohibited.

Fishing:

Allowed when public access is allowed.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements -
Fishing license.

Legal to Take -
See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.

Regulations Unique to Fishing and Frogging -
All General Freshwater Fishing Regulations shall apply. Frogging is prohibited.

General Information:

  1. Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.
  2. If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 352- 732-1225 (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.

South Florida Water Management District Rules:

For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.

Cooperation Requested:

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. 



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