So, way out off Okeechobee rd. in PBC, there's a huge expanse of sugar fields. We've gone out a few times to launch some clays for eachother, always being respectful leaving the area how we left it. Recently, we've been trying to figure out somewhere to go dove hunting without breaking the bank. We went out a few days ago to these same fields and saw a few birds but think we got out too late. The area looked pretty good, we were in an area backing up to corbett, next to an area of the fields that looks like it hasn't been used in years. I was planning on going back this week after a front comes through.
Do any of you guys know people that do this? Is this an ok thing to do? I seen some shotshells while walking around the fields (again, being respectful and not tromping the crops etc).... I just don't want to get into a bunch of trouble..
Easy to track it down .....
Hopefully one day i'll be able to hunt dove without risking a felony charge or paying a $500 hunt fee!
810.09 Trespass on property other than structure or conveyance.—(1)(a) A person who, without being authorized, licensed, or invited, willfully enters upon or remains in any property other than a structure or conveyance:
1. As to which notice against entering or remaining is given, either by actual communication to the offender or by posting, fencing, or cultivation as described in s. 810.011; or
I don't think this is true. My neighbors front yard isn't posted, but I think I would get in trouble if I shoot the birds feeding in his front yard.
Anyways, people use to go out there all the time and shoot birds, but I think they started cracking down on it.
Not sure this is entirely true. In FL a fence line, ditch bank, etc... equates to private property. We have prosecuted poachers/mushroom pickers before for felony trespassing and never had a posted sign anywhere.
There are a few different owners of all those cane fields, odds are the answer will be no, and yes they will prosecute if they catch you out there doing what you said you were doing.
First of all no you cannot hunt there. They have limited hunting to employees and their children.
It is all private land and it is trespassing and with a gun it is worse for you.
Forget about asking for permission it wont happen.
About 37 years ago the head guys son was hunting rabbit with his friends. One of them left a loaded shotgun pointing up they hit a bump the gun went off. And one his friends that was standing on the back of the truck, lost his leg. They sued and the gates came up.
A few years passed and we were able to start hunting again. Then some sob's decided to shoot a tractor and things tightened up again.
Then the Fangul family purchased the place and they loved to hunt. So we had to hunt when they wanted and to be honest it was never the same.
Today the rules are family only. And the poor guys that work out there, that all are good friends of mine from HS. Work so **** much they don't have the time to hunt it.
I was glad to see the STAs open up. Because before the STAs Okeelanta sugar held all the puddle ducks in the area. I am talking about in the millions. We hunted it hard from the mid 60s to the late 70s. But after the law suit and the tractor incident it stopped. When the Fangul family bought it we hunted with them but like I mentioned it wasn't the same. So it was basically down to a few hunters shooting the ducks on a limited basis.
I get upset when people complain about the STAs. I know 5 boys that started duck hunting because of the STAs and if they would not be open these boys would have never gotten the fever. Some call duck shooting not hunting. I say SO WHAT? As long as we are getting new hunters let the good times roll.
When you consider that those of us that grew up in the Glades during the 60s, 70s and 80s literally had 100's of thousands of acres open to us to hunt and fish as if it were our own. it is very SAD. The saddest part is that those you that never had the chance to do it will never be able to.
Even many folks from the Coast used to come out and hunt doves at places like the willows, deads man curve, the dike that ran from dead mans curve to Hatton Hwy. In these areas the majority of the hunters were from the coast. Primarily because they were public right of ways. I remember one year on hwy 27 at a place once called Ousley Sod across 27 from Okeelanta Sugar. There was a couple hundred acres of field corn that was left in the field. There were so many birds and people so many people. Some folks came out in RVs and just stayed all weekend. No one checked licenses no one asked for a letter no one cared. Sure come on and shoot. Just dont shoot the low fliers.
Yes it is sad them days are gone.
Cant really blame the land owners. But yes it hurts.
There are no gray areas. End of discussion.
810.09 Trespass on property other than structure or conveyance.—
(1)(a) A person who, without being authorized, licensed, or invited, willfully enters upon or remains in any property other than a structure or conveyance:
1. As to which notice against entering or remaining is given, either by actual communication to the offender or by posting, fencing, or cultivation as described in s. 810.011;
810.011 Definitions.—As used in this chapter:
(6) “Cultivated land” is that land which has been cleared of its natural vegetation and is presently planted with a crop, orchard, grove, pasture, or trees or is fallow land as part of a crop rotation.
Smart move...that felony with a firearm will F**k you over your whole life in ways you can't even think of.....
Many things to do.
Knots to be unraveled
'fore the darkness falls on you
I'll bet they were not using the mushrooms for a casserole.
I would think livestock, cattle fields would not have to be posted to have trespass protection as well.
Good luck.........unfortunately what you are asking is nearly impossible. A very limited resource with a lot of hunters looking for the same thing. The #1 reason doves have been so difficult to find is that modern Agricultural practices have all but eliminated seeds on the ground. Ragweed and other dove seeds that used to be very prevalent years ago are non existent today because of herbicides.
So no dont pay $300 but do expect to pay $100 or forget about shooting any birds. You can try the dove areas at the WMAs but good luck.