Hunting License and Permits Requirements


Hunting license and permits and the Federal Duck Stamp may be obtained at county tax collectors' offices and license agents, at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or by calling 1-888-HUNT FLORIDA (486-8356).



Archery season
  • Hunting license is required.
  • Archery permit is required.
  • Archery permit is included with lifetime sportsman's, lifetime hunting, sportsman's 64 or older, gold sportsman's, miliary gold sportsman's or sportsman's licenses.
Crossbow season
  • Hunting license is required.
  • Crossbow permit is required.
  • Crossbow permit is included with lifetime sportsman's, lifetime hunting, sportsman's 64 or older, gold sportsman's, miliary gold sportsman's or sportsman's licenses.
General gun season
  • License is required.
  • Hunting; sportsman's; sportsman's 64 or older; gold sportsman's; military gold sportsman's; lifetime sportsman's; lifetime hunting; combinaton hunting and freshwater fishing; combination hunting, saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing or five-year hunting licenses are required to take or attempt to take game and furbearing animals.
Migratory birds
  • Hunting license is required.
  • Migratory bird permit is required (no cost).
  • Birds include ducks, geese, brants, coots, gallinules, rails, snipes, woodcocks, mourning doves, and white-winged doves.
  • When obtaining the permit, you will be asked a few questions about last season's harvest numbers. Your answers help improve accuracy of harvest data used in managing migratory bird populations.
  • Lifetime and five-year license holders must obtain the permit annually from license agents, county tax collectors' offices, www.wildlifelicense.com or by calling toll-free 1-888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356).
  • Permit is valid from September 1 through March 31.
  • A migratory bird permit is not required to take crows.
Muzzleloading gun season
  • Hunting license is required.
  • Muzzleloading gun permit is required.
  • Muzzleloading gun permit is included with lifetime sportsman's, lifetime hunting, sportsman's 64 or older, gold sportsman's, miliary gold sportsman's or sportsman's licenses.
Recreational use permit
  • Hunting license is required (if you are hunting).
  • Recreational use permit is required.
  • Needed when accessing those wildlife management areas enrolled in the Recreational Use Program.
  • The permit enables the permit holder and one dependent child (under age 16) to hunt on a specific wildlife management area.
Trapping
  • Trapping license is required.
  • When trapping or attempting to trap furbearing mammals; or when taking furbearing mammals for commercial purposes using traps or firearms, a trapping license is required.
Turkey season
  • Hunting license is required.
  • Turkey permit is required.
  • Turkey permit is included with lifetime sportsman's, lifetime hunting, sportsman's 64 or older, gold sportsman's, miliary gold sportsman's or sportsman's licenses.
Waterfowl
  • Hunting license is required.
  • Federal duck stamp is required.
  • Florida waterfowl permit and migratory bird permit is required.
  • Florida waterfowl permit is included with lifetime sportsman's, lifetime hunting, sportsman's 64 or older, gold sportsman's, miliary gold sportsman's or sportsman's licenses. However, migratory bird permit and federal duck stamp are not included and must be obtained separately.
Wildlife management areas
  • Hunting license is required.
  • Management area permit is required.
  • License and permit are not required for Eglin, Avon Park and Tyndall military bases, Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area and Kissimmee River Public Use Area.
  • A management area permit is included with lifetime sportsman's, lifetime hunting, sportsman's 64 or older, gold sportsman's, military gold sportsman's and sportsman's licenses;recreational use permits; and special-opportunity permits (when hunting during special-opportunity hunts.) Some wildlife management areas may require a no-cost quota permit for some seasons.


For complete informaton regarding hunting license and permits, rules and regulations in the State of Florida, contact the

For complete informaton regarding hunting license and permits, rules and regulations in the State of Florida, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


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