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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 Permits 

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STA Standby Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities

This year, waterfowl hunting opportunities created by permit holders who don’t show up for morning STA hunts will be distributed via an online random draw system instead of on-site lotteries. 

Applications for these standby opportunities will be available through GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. However, the only place to find ordered lists of hunters issued a waterfowl standby opportunity is on this webpage (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 note there are no physical permits for standby opportunities. Also, make sure your email address is current at your GoOutdoorsFlorida account. 

Ordered Lists of Random Draw Results

September Special Early Duck Standby Opportunities

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 and Regular Season C. 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 match 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. Use the WMA Finder to locate rule information for each STA. 

 

STA News and Updates

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is undertaking major construction projects this fall at STA-1W and STA 2 on behalf of their mission to safeguard and restore south Florida's water resources. The heavy equipment traffic associated with levee/ditch work and vegetation removal will impact waterfowl hunting opportunities at STA-1W and STA 2 during the 2020-21 season in the following ways:

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 STA 2

  • Saturday hunts during September Special Early Duck season will be conducted as scheduled.
  • Due to construction scheduling changes, we are now able to offer the following morning and afternoon waterfowl hunting opportunities:
  • All hunts for Regular Season Period C will be canceled.
  • Hunters can apply for Youth Waterfowl and Regular Season Period A waterfowl permits during the Phase IV reissue application period. This application period begins at noon Eastern time on Oct. 10, 2020, and runs through noon Eastern time on Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020. Regular Season Period B waterfowl permits will be available during the normal application schedule.
  • Hunters can apply for Regular Season Period A and B waterfowl hunting standby opportunities, which are created by permit holders who don’t show up for morning STA hunts.

How to Apply for Quota Hunt Permits and Standby Opportunities

Applications for STA waterfowl hunting quota hunt permits and standby opportunities can be submitted at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, retail license agent locations, and select tax collector locations.

The FWC and SFWMD know you value these waterfowl hunting opportunities and appreciate your patience while this mission-critical construction work is being conducted. If you have questions, please contact ducks@MyFWC.com.

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STA Regulations Brochures

To ensure you have the most recent STA information, review the regulations brochure before your hunt. Click the red button below to use the WMA Finder tool. Then click "Specific Area" to scroll through an alphabetical list of WMAs.

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