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Hunting in Florida

Regulations

The Hunting Handbook summarizes hunting regulations for private and public lands. For details about wildlife management area (WMA) regulations, see the WMA regulations brochures.

Learn more about new hunting rules for 2019-2020, including changes to deer hunting regulations.

Licenses and permits

Florida residents and visitors need a Florida hunting license, (in addition to other required permits) unless they are exempt. The limited entry permit program offers quality hunting on WMAs. Application periods begin in early spring. For some hunts/times, no quota permit is required.

Season Dates and Bag Limits

Use these links to quickly locate Florida resident game and furbearer hunting season dates and bag limits and Florida migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits

Find wildlife management areas offering spring and summer wild hog hunting opportunities.

Public hunting opportunities

FWC cooperatively manages public hunting on nearly 6 million acres in our WMA system. The FWC cannot give permission to hunt on other lands. Land that is not posted or fenced, including some waterbodies, may not be open to hunting. There is a directory of outfitters and guides to help you plan your hunt.

Hunter Safety

Hunters born on or after June 1, 1975, and 16 years old, must pass a hunter safety course before purchasing a license. The deferral from the hunter safety certification requirement allows certain hunters to purchase a hunting license without completing the course.

Hunting News

Learn how you can get the latest FWC hunting news including updates about hunting season dates, quota/limited entry hunts, regulations, conservation efforts, FWC-managed shooting ranges, where to hunt, programs, events and more.

 

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Fish and Wildlife Law Violations

Wildlife Alert: 
Report violations online or call 888-404-FWCC (888-404-3922). Cellular phone users can also call *FWC or #FWC, or send a text to Tip@MyFWC.com.