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STA Waterfowl Hunting

The FWC works in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District to offer and manage hunting opportunities at stormwater treatment areas (STAs) as part of Florida’s wildlife management area system.

Random Draw Results for STA Waterfowl Hunt Permits

Ordered permit results for all STAs waterfowl hunts will be posted below as they become available. Entry and selection of parking spots are determined by the draw order for each hunt. 

Ordered Lists of Random Draw Results

September Special Early Duck

STA Regular Season Period A

Teal Duck

STA Standby Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities

Waterfowl hunting opportunities created by permit holders who don’t show up for morning STA hunts are distributed via an online random draw system instead of on-site lotteries. 

The standby process will be the same as last year. However, there will be 50% more waterfowl standby opportunities this year so the number of available permits will be 1.5 times the actual quota. 

See below for information about how to apply for and find random drawing results. 

NOTE: There are no physical permits for standby opportunities. 

Apply for standby opportunities at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com

The only place to find ordered lists of hunters issued a waterfowl standby opportunity is on this webpage (shortly after each drawing). Results of this drawing are NOT available at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Accounts will show “Draw Pending” status only and notifications to those awarded a standby opportunity will NOT be posted there. 

If you've been issued a standby opportunity, you will receive an email that explains the standby process and directs you to this page to check your position on the list and evaluate the likelihood of replacing a no-show waterfowl hunter.

Please ensure your email address is current at your GoOutdoorsFlorida.com account. 

Ordered lists of standby draw results are posted as they become available.

FAQs - STA Standby Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities

Hunters desiring a standby opportunity can apply during each of four waterfowl application periods: September Early Season, Regular Season A, Regular Season B, Regular Season C and Veterans/Active Military Waterfowl Days. Applicants can apply at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or by completing an Application Worksheet and presenting it to any license agent or tax collector's office. Unless exempt, hunters must have a valid management permit to apply.

During Phase I, standby opportunities will be issued by random drawing. Hunters may select up to 10 hunt choices on their standby opportunity application. Only one application may be submitted. It's possible applicants could be awarded as many opportunities as they apply for in Phase I. However, applicants may not be awarded more than one standby opportunity per day.

During Phase II leftovers, standby opportunities are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about STA standby waterfowl hunting opportunities

The online random draw will generate an ordered list of standby hunters prior to the hunt. Hunters issued a waterfowl standby opportunity will be notified via email they are eligible to replace a no-show hunter. The email notification will direct those awarded a standby opportunity to a posted list so they can assess their position on the list and evaluate the likelihood of replacing a no-show hunter. Standby hunters on the posted list who show up on the morning of the hunt but are not needed to replace a no-show permittee may stay at the check station and replace hunting parties as they leave the area.

There is no guarantee a person on a standby list for a given morning hunt will get the opportunity to enter the area to hunt. The number of standby opportunities will be 1.5 times the number of permits for any given hunt, and standby hunters will replace permitted no-show hunters in order of the random drawing until the quota is met.

Hunters who are not on the standby list for each morning STA waterfowl hunt will not be eligible to replace no-show hunters. 

NOTE: There will be no physical permit for people on the standby lists.

Learn more about STA standby waterfowl hunting opportunities

 

Ordered lists of hunters issued a waterfowl standby opportunity will be posted to this page only, shortly after each drawing. GoOutdoorsFlorida.com accounts will show “Draw Pending” status only and notifications to those awarded a standby opportunity will NOT be posted there.

If you were awarded a standby opportunity, you will be notified via an email that will explain the standby process and direct you to this page to check your position on the list and evaluate the likelihood of replacing a no-show waterfowl hunter. Please make sure your email address is current on your GoOutdoorsFlorida.com account.

In addition, there are no physical permits for standby opportunities.

Almost half of permit holders are no-shows for morning waterfowl hunts at STAs. The chance to replace a no-show hunter attracts large crowds; sometimes more than 100 nonpermitted hunters gather before 5 a.m. in hopes of filling the spot of a no-show hunter. After exploring options internally and with stakeholders through a technical assistance group, the FWC and the South Florida Water Management District developed a new process to minimize safety hazards due to overcrowding, improve hunter check-in management, more fairly distribute the no-show opportunity, and generally enhance the overall quality of the experience.

Conditions associated with afternoon hunts – smaller crowds, more time, and daylight – allow more efficient operation and organization of an on-site lottery, which often isn’t even needed to handle the demand for no-show opportunities. This also preserves the opportunity for impromptu hunts at the STAs.

Each standby opportunity holder may bring the designated number of hunt party participants as determined by each STA. Click on the links below to find rule information for each STA:

STA-1W

STA 2

STA 3/4

STA 5/6

 

STA News and Updates

  • To promote participation, quota permits for youth duck hunts have been removed beginning with the 2021-2022 season. Designated hunts on A-1 FEB, STA-1W, STA 2, STA 3/4 and STA 5/6 are open to all interested youth 15 years of age and younger.
  • Veteran’s and Military Waterfowl Days quota permit hunts at A-1 FEB and STAs will be offered Feb. 5-6. Hunts will be issued via random draw during Regular Season Period C.
    • Permit holder and guests must be veterans or active military to participate and must carry proof (Military Hunting License or ID).
  • Beginning this year, the check-in period for morning STA waterfowl hunts will run from 4 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. (In previous years, check in ran from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m.). People checking in after 4:30 a.m. will forfeit their permits.
    • The afternoon check-in period will remain from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • The South Florida Water Management District has undertaken major construction projects at STAs 1 West and STA 2 on behalf of their mission to safeguard and restore south Florida’s water resources. Much of STA-1W and STA 2 will be closed due to construction during the 2021-22 waterfowl season. However, those areas that still allow hunting will remain open for the entire season.
    • Please visit the links below for regulations brochures, parking maps, and other notices regarding specific areas open to hunting at the STAs during the upcoming season.
  • After September seasons conclude at A-1 FEB, the location of the designated entrance is changing from the northeast to the southeast corner.

Scenic STA

Links to WMA regulations brochures