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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, for one year.
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:
Waterfowl – 30 (16 for the T.M. Goodwin Unit and 14 for the Broadmoor Unit), no-cost, nontransferable quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 20 hunts.
Permit applications: Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota permits through the Commission’s Total Licensing System (TLS). 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. Up to 4 hunters may hunt per quota permit.When acquiring a youth permit via the internet, it must be applied for through the non-resident menu. 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.
- It is unlawful to set fire to any forest, grass or woodlands.
- 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:
- Public recreational access is allowed year round on non-hunting days, but only from 1 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunset and only by foot, horse, bicycle, vehicle or boat (40 hp or less). Vehicles are allowed on the T.M. Goodwin Unit on Mondays and Thursdays (excluding state holidays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but on Mondays, vehicles cannot go past the point on L-75 that is directly north of 16W (see map). Vehicles are also allowed on the Broadmoor Marsh Unit on L-1, L-3, L-5, L-6, L-8, L-11, L-15 and L-74 on Thursdays (excluding state holidays) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- On hunt 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. T.M. Goodwin Unit – vehicles are allowed, but only from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. and only on the levees indicated on the map with the “Vehicle Access Levees” symbol.
- Vehicles may be parked only in designated parking areas (see map). Parking on the T.M. Goodwin Unit is restricted to the check station located at the southeast corner of the Unit (see map) and at the boat ramp in the northwest corner of the Unit (not shown on map).
- Use of airboats, outboard motors larger than 40 horsepower, tracked vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, swamp buggies and unlicensed and unregisteredmotorcycles is prohibited.
- Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate or boat ramp area.
Hunters and Check Stations:
- Please report your 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 the TLS System. 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 Qualifying Card.
- For the waterfowl season: The selection order for hunt zones will be based on the order that permits were issued. In other words, the first person to receive a permit will have the first selection of hunt zones the morning of the hunt. Permit holders must check in at the check station no later than 4:30 a.m. the morning of the hunt; permits not claimed by this time will be forfeited. Hunters without a permit (walk-in hunters) may enter the area on a first-come, first served basis at the check station the morning of each hunt until the daily quota is reached. Hunters without a permit will select their preferred hunt location on a first-come, first-served basis from any unclaimed or unassigned hunt locations.
- For the snipe season: A quota permit is not needed. Walk-in hunters may enter the area on a first-come, first served basis at the check station the morning of each hunt until maximum space to provide a quality hunt is reached. Hunters will select their preferred hunt location on a first-come, first-served basis.
- 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.
- Taking wildlife with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.
- Shotguns used for taking wildlife shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than three 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.
- 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 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 on special September duck season and duck, light goose and coot season closer to the time of your hunt.*
Bag and Possession Limits:
- Waterfowl – Daily bag limit during special September duck season is 4 ducks with species restrictions. Daily bag limit during regular duck season is 6 ducks with species restrictions, 5 merganser (only 2 of which may be a hooded merganser), 15 light geese and 15 coot.
- Snipe – Daily bag limit 8, possession limit 16
- Moorhen – Daily bag limit 15, possession limit 30.
Special September duck season: Sept. 22 and 25. Duck, light goose and coot season: Nov. 17, 20 and 24;Dec. 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 and 29;January 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22 and 26. Youth hunt:February 2 and 3.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Goodwin/Broadmoor Waterfowl Permit, hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit, state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp.
Legal to Take – Wood duck and teal during special September duck 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 – In addition to these regulations, all General Area Regulations shall apply.
- Hunting duck and coot with lead shot is prohibited.
- Shooting hours for ducks, coots and common moorhen are ½ hour before sunrise until noon.
January 29; Feb. 5, 9 and 12.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Hunting license, management area permit and migratory bird permit.
Legal to Take – Snipe.
Regulations Unique to Snipe Season – In addition to these regulations, all General Area Regulations shall apply. Shooting hours for snipe are ½ hour before sunrise until noon.
Allowed year round.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Fishing license.
Legal to Take – See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.
- When bank fishing on Goodwin Lake, only hook and line or rod and reel is allowed .
- Fishing by boat on Goodwin Lake is allowed 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 for information on the permits Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- No person shall take or possess black bass on Goodwin Lake.
- No person shall take in any one day from Goodwin Lake more than 20 panfish, in the aggregate.
- Frogging is prohibited.
- For information regarding recreational use other than hunting, please call the St. Johns River Water Management District at 386-329-4404.
- Report fires to the Florida Forest Service at 352-955-2010.
- 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 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.