Babcock Ranch Preserve Tier II Permits
A Babcock Ranch Preserve Tier II Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order to participate in recreational activities and hunts on select areas of the Babcock Ranch Preserve. These permits are effective July 1 and valid through June 30 of the following year.
Quota: There are 14 properties that have Tier II permits at Babcock Ranch Preserve, with each having a cost equivalent to the acreage and participants allowed:
|Area||Acreage||Permit Cost||Maximum Participants|
|Bull Head||3,090||$43,500.00||Allows 1 permittee and 9 participants|
|Curry Lake||2,411||$33,754.00||Allows 1 permittee and 9 participants|
|Cypress Head||1,050||$14,500.00||Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants|
|Deep Freeze North||1,500||$21,000.00||Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants|
|Deep Freeze South||1,326||$19,000.00||Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants|
|Myrtle Slough||1,681||$23,000.00||Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants|
|Pepper Field||594||$7,500.00||Allows 1 permittee and 2 participants|
|Possum Pond||2,621||$37,000.00||Allows 1 permittee and 9 participants|
|Sawgrass||4,883||$39,000.00||Allows 1 permittee and 9 participants|
|South Lightered||6,529||$53,000.00||Allows 1 permittee and 9 participants|
|Sugar Hill East||2,243||$30,000.00||Allows 1 permittee and 6 participants|
|Sugar Hill West||2,247||$30,000.00||Allows 1 permittee and 6 participants|
|Timber Pasture||1,384||$20,000.00||Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants|
|Yearling Pasture||2,600||$20,000.00||Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants|
Cost: The cost of permits is specific to each area, as listed above. A $1,000.00 down payment must be paid upon claiming the permit, and the remaining balance is due to the FWC within two weeks of each payment period. Please see Full Payments section regarding full payment deadlines and details.
Exemptions: There are no exemptions for this permit type.
Transferability: These permits are not transferable. If extenuating circumstances should occur at any time throughout the term of the permit, permit holders or designated participants may contact the FWC liaison.
Renewals: Customers who obtain a Babcock Ranch Preserve Tier II permit can renew annually for an additional four years, for a total of five consecutive years as a permit holder for their area. Those customers eligible to renew must submit the down payment for the permit during the renewal period. Those who do not renew online and submit remaining payment by the deadline will no longer be eligible to renew and it will be offered for issuance in the next phase.
How to Apply: Applicants can apply online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”). Phase I Renewals will be automatically generated for those who are eligible to renew. Each applicant may make one choice on an application in Phase II, one choice on an application in Phase III Leftovers.
Application and Permit Issuance: Applicants eligible for renewal must claim and submit a down payment for their permit by the claim deadline. Permits not purchased by the claim deadline will be forfeited and offered in Phase II. Applicants may submit one application and receive up to one permit in Phase II. Successful Phase II applicants must submit a down payment for their permit by the claim deadline. Permits not purchased by the claim deadline will be forfeited and offered in Phase III Leftovers. Permits are issued by random drawing during Phase II and issued on a first-come, first-served basis in Phase III Leftovers. Applicants may only be awarded one Babcock Ranch Preserve Tier II permit per season.
Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within three business days of an application period closing. Permits not purchased by the claim deadline in Phase I and II will be forfeited and offered in Phase III Leftovers.
How to Get Your Permit: Permits can be claimed online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com with the customer’s down payment. A copy of the down payment receipt and a check for the remaining permit cost must then be remitted to the FWC.
Full Payment: The full cost of the permit must be received by the FWC within two weeks of the online down payment. Click here to view the specific Application Dates and Deadlines.
The full permit cost for the specified area (less the $1,000.00 down payment) must be mailed by check or money order referencing “Babcock Ranch Preserve” along with a copy of the online payment receipt and the participant form to:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Office of Licensing and Permitting
P.O. Box 6150 Tallahassee, FL 32314-6150
Guest Permits: While guest permits are not issued for this permit type, each permit holder and participant may have two guests with them at any time. Spouse and children under 18 years of age are not considered guests but must be in the presence and control of the permittee or participant. Children over 18 years of age shall be a participant or guest.
Reprints: Reprint requests must be made through the FWC Babcock Ranch Preserve liaison.
License Requirements: In addition to these permit requirements, all necessary hunting and fishing licenses and permits must be held by each individual on the Babcock Ranch Preserve.
Antlerless Deer Permits: A designated number of antlerless deer permits are issued for each permit area pursuant to Rule 68A-13.004, F.A.C. Each person taking an antlerless deer shall immediately fasten and lock an antlerless deer tag to the deer upon harvesting the deer. The permittee or participant shall not apply for antlerless deer tags.
Insurance and Indemnification: Permittees shall, at their sole cost and expense, maintain insurance at all times. Further, permittees assume all risk for loss, damage, or injury to the permittee and invitees and the Babcock Ranch Preserve property by reason of accident or otherwise, and shall be fully liable for the actions of the permittee and invitees, and shall fully indemnify, defend, and hold harmless and releases the State, and the FWC, their officers, agents, and employees, from suits, actions, damages, and costs of every name and description, including attorneys’ fees, arising from or relating to personal injury and damage to real or personal tangible property alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the permittee or any invitee, their agents, employees, partners, or subcontractors.