Merritt Island NWR Archery Permit

General Information

A Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Archery Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order for the permit holder and one youth under the age of 16 to participate in archery hunts for deer and hog on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.  These are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hunt permits issued by FWC.  For questions about the refuge's rules and regulations or further information on the hunts, please visit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge webpage.  The “Merritt Island NWR Archery Application Worksheet” below, lists all of the specific hunt areas, date information, and number of permits available.

Merritt Island NWR Archery Application Worksheet

Application Dates and Deadlines

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  • How to Apply:  Applications can be submitted by customers online (by logging into their account and choosing “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or completing the Application Worksheet and presenting it to a license agent or tax collector office.  
  • Requirements:  Applicants must be at least 16 years old to apply for and obtain a Merritt Island NWR Archery permit.  In addition to the Merritt Island NWR Archery Permit, a self-issuing Merritt Island NWR Big Game Regulations Permit is also required.   This additional permit is available for download at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge webpage by clicking on the big game hunt brochure.  Signing this permit acknowledges that hunters are aware of and understand the refuge regulations.  Hunters are required to keep their permits in their possession while hunting and must also have a valid photo ID while at the refuge.  Unless exempt, a hunting license and deer and archery permits are also required while participating in this hunt, and all permit holders and guests must comply with Florida hunter education requirements and appropriate use of hunter safety mentoring exemptions.
  • Cost:  $0.00 to apply, $27.50 per permit. 
  • Issuance Method:  Merritt Island NWR Archery permits are issued through a lottery based random drawing during Phase I.  In the Phase I random drawing, applicants are selected based on their preference points and random number.  Once the drawing is conducted, successful applicants must purchase their permits by the specified deadline.  Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines above) will be forfeited and offered by immediate issuance during Phase II.  
  • Exemptions:  There are no exemptions for this permit.
  • Restrictions:  Applicants may submit one Merritt Island NWR Archery application in Phase I.  A maximum of one Merritt Island NWR Archery permit is allowed each season. 
  • Group Applications:  Group applications are NOT available for this permit type.  Each permit allows the permit holder and one youth under the age of 16 to hunt.
  • Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within three to seven days after an application period ends.  Those applicants who are successful in the Phase I drawing must purchase the permit by the specified deadline.  Permits not purchased by the claim deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines above) will be forfeited and offered by immediate issuance in Phase II.  Those successful in the drawing who have provided a valid, non-blocked, email address will also receive a confirmation email upon purchasing the permit.
  • How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I random drawing, applicants may pay for and print their permits online, or at a license agent or tax collector office until the permit “claim” deadline.  Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines above) will be forfeited and issued in Phase II.  In Phase II, customers are immediately awarded and issued a permit.  Customers can pay for and print from their customer account online, or a license agent or tax collector office can print their permit and collect payment.  The permit will remain available online to reprint until the last day of the hunt.  If customers choose to pay for their permits online, they should have access to a printer and disable the browser’s pop-up blocker, so that the permit can be accessed from the website.  
  • Guest Permits: Guest permits are not available for this permit type.  Each permit allows the permit holder and one youth under the age of 16 to hunt.  
  • Reprints: Permit holders can reprint lost or destroyed non-transferable Merritt Island NWR Archery permits online at no cost or at a license agent or tax collector office for $2.00 or $2.50, respectively.  Payment receipts or temporary license numbers may not be used as a Merritt Island NWR Archery permit.
  • Transferability: Merritt Island NWR Archery permits are not transferable.
  • Preference Points: Applicants who apply during Phase I and are unsuccessful will be awarded one Merritt Island NWR Archery preference point for the next season (even if they are issued a permit in Phase II).  Preference points are cumulative and one Merritt Island NWR Archery preference points will be accrued each year they are unsuccessful in Phase I.  Once an applicant is successful for a permit in Phase I, the Merritt Island NWR Archery preference points will be reset to zero, even if the successful applicant fails to purchase the permit by the deadline.  No preference points are reinstated for neglecting to apply in Phase I.  If applicants fail to apply during Phase I for two consecutive years, their preference points will be reset to zero.
  • Returns: Returned permits are not accepted for this permit type.  All sales are final.


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