How OLD do you have to be to hunt?

by Tom
(Tampa, FL Hillsbourgh)

September 3, 2012, QUESTION: How OLD do you have to be to hunt in Florida? Does a 12-year-old have to have a Hunting License or Permit to hunt for deer? I would like to know the legal age to hunt in Florida and requirements for youth hunting.

ANSWER: There is no minimum age requirement to hunt in Florida. No, a 12-year-old does NOT need to have a hunting license or permit to hunt for deer in Florida. The legal requirements for youth hunting in Florida is, basically, anyone over 16 years of age, must pass a hunter-safety course and obtain a hunting license.

When hunting in any wildlife management area, children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm must be in the presence of a supervising adult.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) states as follows:

You do NOT need a recreational hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license or a Florida waterfowl, migratory bird, deer, turkey, snook, spiny lobster, archery season, crossbow season, muzzleloading season permit or management area permit if you are a child UNDER 16 years of age. (Also exempt from federal duck
stamp requirements.)

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, and 16 years of age of older must have passed a Commission-approved(FWC) 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.

For complete information regarding how to obtain a hunting license and the hunting license requirements, go to:

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