Hunting in Florida

2015 Spring Turkey Hunting Guide

Read about or watch a video External Website
on what you need to know
about turkey hunting on
Florida's wildlife management
areas, and which areas don't
require a quota permit.

NewFirearm noise suppressors

FWC authorizes the use of firearms equipped with noise suppressors for taking game. View executive order Adobe PDF

Regulations

The Hunting Handbook summarizes the hunting regulations for private and public lands. The FWC also cooperates with other landowners to establish wildlife management area (WMA) regulations.

Licenses and permits

Florida residents and visitors need a Florida hunting license, unless they are exempt. The limited entry permit program offers quality hunting on WMAs. Application periods begin in early spring. For some hunts/times, no quota permit is required.

Hunter safety

Hunters born on or after June 1, 1975 and 16 years old, must pass a hunter safety course before purchasing a license. The mentoring exemption allows certain hunters to purchase a hunting license without completing the course.

Public hunting opportunities

FWC cooperatively manages public hunting on more than 5.5 million acres in our WMA system. The FWC cannot give permission to hunt on other lands. Land that is not posted or fenced, including some water bodies, may not be open to hunting. There is a directory of outfitters and guides to help you plan your hunt.

Hunting Hot Links

Hunting in Bear Country

If you suspect a wildlife law violation contact Wildlife Alert.


FWC Facts:
The Youth Hunting Program appreciates the volunteer landowners who graciously open their properties to youth hunting, and the volunteers who plan and facilitate the hunts.

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