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Limited Entry Hunt Application Periods and Deadlines

2018/2019 Season Applications Dates

All application periods begin at 10 a.m. (ET) on the first day of the application period and run through midnight on the last day.  Worksheets and further information regarding these hunts is available under each section and on the Limited Entry Hunts webpage.

Application dates for the 2019-2020 hunting season will be available in mid-February.

Statewide Alligator Harvest Permits

  • Phase I Applications           5/18/2018 – 5/28/2018
  • Phase I Authorizations and Lottery – between 5/29/2018 and 5/30/2018
  • Phase I Results Posted by 5/30/2018
  • Phase II Applications         6/1/2018 – 6/11/2018
  • Phase II Authorization and Lottery – between 6/12/2018 and 6/13/2018
  • Phase II Results Posted by 6/13/2018
  • Phase III Applications         6/15/2018 – 6/25/2018
  • Phase III Authorization and Lottery – between 6/26/2018 and 6/27/2018
  • Phase III Results Posted by 6/27/2018
  • Phase IV Leftovers             6/28/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Dove Hunts 

Special-Opportunity Dove Club

  • Phase I Applications            7/6/2018 –  7/16/2018
  • Phase I Claim Deadline        7/30/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers               8/3/2018 – 8/13/2018

Special-Opportunity Daily Dove

  • Phase I Applications           8/17/2018 – 8/27/2018
  • Phase I Claim Deadline       9/10/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers              9/13/2018 –  until filled or final hunt date

Dove Quota - Dupuis and Punta Gorda

  • Phase I Applications           8/17/2018 –  8/27/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers              8/31/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Green Swamp Camping Permits

Green Swamp Camping - Archery

  • Phase I Applications           7/27/2018 – 8/6/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers              8/9/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date              

Green Swamp Camping - General Gun

  • Phase I Applications           10/5/2018 – 10/15/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers              10/18/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Green Swamp Camping - Small Game

  • Phase I Applications           12/1/2018 – 12/10/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers              12/13/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Green Swamp Camping - Spring Turkey

  • Phase I Applications           1/4/2019 – 1/14/2019
  • Phase II Leftovers              1/17/2019 – until filled or the final hunt date

Green Swamp Camping - Fishing and Frogging

  • Phase I Applications           2/1/2019 – 2/11/2019
  • Phase II Leftovers              2/14/2019 – until filled or the final hunt date

Green Swamp Camping - Wild Hog

  • Phase I Applications           7/27/2018 – 8/6/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers              8/9/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Permits         

Lake Woodruff Archery

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline       7/27/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers             8/2/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Lake Woodruff Muzzleloading

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline       7/27/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers             8/2/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Lake Woodruff Spring Turkey

  • Phase I Applications           11/1/2018 – 11/30/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers              12/7/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Lower Suwannee

  • Immediate Issuance          5/15/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Merritt Island Archery            

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline       7/27/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers             8/2/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Merritt Island Waterfowl

  • Phase I Applications          9/14/2018 – 9/24/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline        10/8/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers             10/11/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

St. Marks Archery

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline        7/27/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers             8/2/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

St. Marks General Gun

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline       7/27/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers             8/2/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

St. Marks Mobility-Impaired

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline       7/27/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers             8/2/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

St. Marks Spring Turkey

  • Phase I Applications          11/1/2018 – 11/30/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline       1/4/2019
  • Phase II Leftovers             1/10/2019 – until filled or the final hunt date

St. Vincent Sambar Deer

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline       7/27/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers             8/2/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

St. Vincent White-Tailed Archery and Primitive Weapons

  • Immediate Issuance          7/12/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Quota Hunt Permits  

Airboat Quota

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         6/22/2018 – 7/2/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            7/5/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             7/5/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule 

Archery Quota

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         6/22/2018 – 7/2/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            7/5/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             7/5/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Family Quota

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         6/22/2018 – 7/2/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            7/5/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             7/5/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

General Gun Quota

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         6/22/2018 – 7/2/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            7/5/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active            7/5/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Mobility Impaired Quota

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         6/22/2018 – 7/2/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            7/5/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             7/5/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Muzzleloading Quota

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         6/22/2018 – 7/2/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            7/5/2018– until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             7/5/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Quail Quota

  • Phase I Applications          11/30/2018 – 12/10/2018
  • Phase II Applications         12/14/2018 – 12/24/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            12/27/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             12/27/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Spring Turkey Quota

  • Phase I Applications          11/1/2018 – 11/30/2018
  • Phase II Applications         12/7/2018 – 12/17/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            12/20/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             12/20/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Track Quota

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         6/22/2018 – 7/2/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            7/5/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             7/5/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Wild Hog Quota

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         6/22/2018 – 7/2/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            7/5/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             7/5/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Youth Quota

  • Phase I Applications          5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         6/22/2018 – 7/2/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            7/5/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             7/5/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Youth Spring Turkey Quota

  • Phase I Applications          11/1/2018 – 11/30/2018
  • Phase II Applications         12/7/2018 – 12/17/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            12/20/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             12/20/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Peregrine Falcon Permits

Phase I Applications          5/1/2018 - 5/10/2018

Recreational Use Permits             

Flint Rock              

  • Phase I Renewals              4/15/2018 – 5/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         5/21/2018 – 6/1/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline        6/15/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            6/21/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Grove Park            

  • Phase I Renewals              4/15/2018 – 5/15/2018
  • Phase II Applications         5/21/2018 – 6/1/2018
  • Permit Claim Deadline        6/15/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            6/21/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Gulf Hammock                

  • Phase I Renewals              4/15/2018 – 5/15/2018
  • Phase II Leftovers             6/21/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date

Special-Opportunity Hunt Permits

Special-Opportunity Fall

  • Phase I Applications                   5/15/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Round 1 Permit Claim Deadline    7/23/2018
  • Round 2 Permit Claim Deadline    8/31/2018
  • Round 3 Permit Claim Deadline    Until filled or the final hunt date

Special-Opportunity Spring Turkey

  • Phase I Applications                   11/1/2018 – 11/30/2018
  • Round 1 Permit Pickup Deadline   1/7/2019
  • Round 2 Permit Pickup Deadline   2/11/2019
  • Round 3 Permit Pickup Deadline   Until filled or the final hunt date

Babcock Ranch Preserve

  • Phase I Renewals & Down Payment        4/15/2018 – 5/1/2018
  • Payment Due in Full to FWC                  by 5/15/2018       
  • Phase II Applications                            5/21/2018 – 6/1/2018
  • Phase II Claims with Down Payment       6/4/2018 – 6/15/2018
  • Payment Due in Full to FWC                  by 6/29/2018       
  • Phase III Leftovers                               7/2/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Payment Due in Full to FWC                  Within two weeks of down payment 

Waterfowl and Snipe Hunts

September Special Early Duck Permits

  • Phase I Applications          8/3/2018 – 8/13/2018
  • Phase II Applications         8/17/2018 – 8/27/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            8/30/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             8/30/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule 

Regular Season Waterfowl Permits – Period A

  • Phase I Applications          9/14/2018 – 9/24/2018
  • Phase II Applications         9/28/2018 – 10/8/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers           10/11/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active            10/11/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Regular Season Waterfowl Permits – Period B

  • Phase I Applications          10/19/2018 – 10/29/2018
  • Phase II Applications         11/2/2018– 11/12/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            11/15/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             11/15/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Regular Season Waterfowl Permits – Period C

  • Phase I Applications          11/23/2018 – 12/3/2018
  • Phase II Applications         12/7/2018 – 12/17/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            12/20/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             12/20/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule

Youth Waterfowl Permits

  • Phase I Applications          9/28/2018 – 10/8/2018
  • Phase II Applications         10/12/2018 – 10/22/2018
  • Phase III Leftovers            10/25/2018 – until filled or the final hunt date
  • Return Link Active             10/25/2018 (until 10 days before the start date of each hunt)
  • Reissue Applications          Please see Reissuance Schedule