The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed a new rule Wednesday, prohibiting anyone from hunting in or near a permanent duck blind on four Tallahassee area lakes.
The lakes are Miccosukee, Iamonia, Carr and Jackson.
The rule says no one may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers or coots within 30 yards of a permanent blind or anything that violates Florida Statutes prohibiting unauthorized construction on state lands.
It defines a permanent blind as anything that provides shelter, cover or concealment for a hunter but does not include any rooted vegetation. Temporary blinds, used only while the hunter is present, also are not included.
The FWC took action to ban waterfowl hunting from permanent blinds on the four lakes as a result of continuing conflict between the people who build them and claim ownership of sovereign state lands and others who use the same area. In addition, FWC officials say constructing the blinds in sovereign waters without permits is a violation of existing Florida Statutes.