How OLD do you have to be to hunt?
(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
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: