Bird Regulations

Resident game birds, mammals and migratory birds

  • Resident game birds—quail and wild turkeys
  • Resident game mammals—deer, gray squirrels and rabbits
  • Furbearers—bobcats, otters, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, beavers, skunks and nutrias
  • Migratory game birds—ducks, geese, common moorhens, coots, snipe, rails, woodcocks, mourning doves and white-winged doves
  • Protected mammals—Florida black bears, fox squirrels and Florida panthers cannot be taken or pursued.

Waterfowl and other migratory game bird regulations

Migratory game bird and crow regulations are not included in this booklet. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is responsible for determining guidelines to take and possess migratory bird species. The USFWS had not finalized this season’s rules and regulations at the time this publication went to press.

Migratory game bird seasons, bag limits and methods of taking can be obtained in two separate FWC brochures titled 2013–2014 Migratory Bird Regulations for Dove, Snipe, Woodcock, Rail, Moorhen, Crow and Early Waterfowl Seasons Adobe PDF and 2013–2014 Migratory Game Bird Regulations for Waterfowl and Coot Seasons Adobe PDF.

For additional information on federal hunting regulations or violations, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents: Ft. Myers 239-561-8144; Groveland 352-429-1037; Tallahassee 850-402-0573; Miami 305-526-2610; or Vero Beach 772-562-3909 ext 4 or visit www.fws.gov/le/HuntFish/HuntFishInfo.htm External Website.

For more information about Florida’s waterfowl conservation and management, visit MyFWC.com/Duck Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

For up-to-date information on proposed and finalized migratory game bird and waterfowl seasons, visit: www.MyFWC.com/hunting/by-species/waterfowl.



FWC Facts:
Florida panthers often meticulously cache, or cover, their prey with leaves, grass and sticks. This helps prevent competitors and scavengers from finding and stealing their food.

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