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 whitewinged doves
  • Florida black bears, fox squirrels, Key deer 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 2014–2015 Migratory Bird Regulations for Dove, Snipe, Woodcock, Rail, Moorhen, Crow and Early Waterfowl Seasons (available in mid-September) and 2014–2015 Migratory Game Bird Regulations for Waterfowl and Coot Seasons (available in mid- October).

2014-2015 Season


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 External Website.

For more information about Florida’s waterfowl conservation and management, visit Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

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