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Two hunters at St. Marks

Hunting is a great way for friends and family to spend time together while experiencing Florida’s natural beauty. Every hunting adventure is an opportunity to learn about wildlife and their habitats and build outdoor skills. And if the trip afield is successful, you can enjoy healthy, locally-sourced meals!

Male and female dove hunters sitting in a field with their dog

Florida has one of the largest wildlife management area systems in the country at over 6 million acres and public hunting opportunities are available throughout the state. 

There are also places available to hunt on lands outside of the WMA system with landowner permission. 

Learn more about Florida hunting opportunities.

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Anyone born after May 31, 1975, who is 16 years old or older must pass a state certified hunter safety course before they can purchase a Florida hunting license that allows them to be able to hunt unsupervised. Hunter safety courses are designed to help students become safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters and learn about conservation.

Learn about hunter safety course options.

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Those between the ages of 16 and 64 must have a hunting license and additional permits when hunting specific species and during certain seasons in Florida. Some military personnel, those with a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License, and those hunting on their homestead are exempt from these license and permit requirements. Learn more about hunting licenses and permits.

Visit to buy a hunting license and permits.