Released Quail

Background Information

Northern bobwhite may be released and taken by shotgun only on the following areas and dates, provided each individual or group possesses a daily released quail permit and proof (including the name and address of the vendor and date of purchase) that the birds were purchased within the past 90 days from a game farm licensed by the Commission or another state. 


How do I get my permit?

Daily quail release permits are available free of charge at External Website. Once logged in, click on the "Purchase a License" link to find the permit under the "Hunting Permits" section. Please note that the permit will only show up if you already possess, or placed in your shopping cart, a hunting license.  



Be sure to only choose dates that are listed below when obtaining your permit.

Area-specific restrictions may apply. Refer to area brochures for details.




2017-2018 Dates

Apalachicola River WEA

Nov. 11 - March 4

Aucilla WMA

Jan. 1 - March 4

Caravelle Ranch WMA

Nov. 23 - Jan. 7 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays only)

Dinner Island WMA

Oct. 16 - Feb. 18

Hilochee WMA

Jan. 5 - Jan. 21

J.W. Corbett WMA

Jan. 2 - Feb. 18

L. Kirk Edwards WEA

(West of Chaires Cross Rd) Nov. 11 - March 4

(East of Chaires Cross Rd) Nov. 11-22, 27-29, Dec. 4-13, and Dec. 18 – March 4

Salt Lake WMA

Dec. 8-10, 15-17, Jan. 5-7, 12-14, 26-28, Feb. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25

Watermelon Pond WMA

Nov. 18 – Dec. 3, Dec. 16 - Jan. 7


Want to know how many released quail permits and number of people hunting under those permits have been issued for a particular date?  See our recreational license report to find out.

FWC Facts:
The FWC is lead manager or landowner on about 1.1 million acres of Florida's Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system. More than 5.8 million acres of land are open for public hunting.

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