A Merritt Island Waterfowl Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order to participate in waterfowl hunts on Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge . Click the Application Worksheetlink at the bottom of the page for specific hunt dates.
- Cost: There is no application fee for Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Permits. The fee for a permit is $27.50, and online purchase will also be subject to a convenience fee.
- Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and have completed a certified hunter safety class in order to apply. In addition to a Merritt Island Waterfowl Permit, a free Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Permit is also required to be signed and in the hunter's possession while hunting. By signing the permit, hunters acknowledge that they have read and understand the refuge regulations.
- Issuance Method: Merritt Island Waterfowl permits are issued by random drawing during Phase I. Once the drawing is conducted, successful Phase I applicants must purchase their permits by the specified deadline. Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis in Phase II.
- Exemptions: There are no exemptions; you must be issued a Merritt Island Waterfowl permit or be the guest of a permit holder to participate in these hunts.
- Restrictions: You may submit one Merritt Island Waterfowl application and receive up to one Merritt Island Waterfowl permit in Phase I. Successful applicants must purchase their permit by the deadline, or it will be forfeited and sold in Phase II. You may obtain additional permits in Phase II for a maximum of three permits per person, but no more than one permit per hunt. The selling or purchasing of any Waterfowl permit is prohibited.
- Group Applications: Group applications are NOT available for this hunt type. (See Guest Permits.)
- Preference Points: Preference points are NOT available for this hunt type.
- Transferability: Merritt Island Waterfowl permits are NOT transferable.
- Guest Permits: Guest permits are NOT available for this permit type; however, each Merritt Island Waterfowl permit allows the permit holder and up to three additional hunting/non-hunting guests, the total group shall not exceed four persons. Guest may not hunt unless the permit holder is present.
- Returned Permits: Merritt Island Waterfowl permits cannot be returned.
- Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within three days of the application period closing.
- Reprints: Lost or destroyed Merritt Island Waterfowl permits cannot be replaced.
- How to Apply: You can apply online (choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or complete the Application Worksheet (click "Application Worksheet" at bottom of page) and present it to any license agent or tax collector office . Residents who do not hold a Florida drivers license or Florida ID must apply as non-residents to use the online system.
- How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I random drawing, you can pay for and print your permit online , at a license agent or tax collector office. Permits issued in Phase I will be available in the system for printing online, by a license agent, or tax collector until the permit purchasing deadline. Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and issued in Phase II. In Phase II (First-Come, First-Served Leftovers) you are immediately awarded your permit, and the license agent or tax collector will immediately print your permit. If applying online in Phase II, you can immediately print your permit. The permit will remain available online until the last day of your hunt. If you choose to pay for your permit online, be sure you have access to a printer and to disable your browser’s pop-up blocker, so that you can print your permit directly from the website.
Application Dates and Worksheet