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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 annually and valid through June 30 of the following year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), as a cooperating agency, has statutory responsibility pursuant to §259.1053 Florida Statute, to manage Tier II hunting opportunities in coordination with the lead managing agency, Florida Forest Service, on certain real property known as Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County, Florida. This includes the Tier II Permit Areas listed below with acreage, price and allowable participants for each.

  • 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:
Timber Pasture  1,384 Acres $20,000.00 Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants
Pepper Field 594 Acres $7,500.00   Allows 1 permittee and 2 participants
Sugar Hill East  2,243 acres $30,000.00 Allows 1 permittee and 6 participants
Sugar Hill West  2,247 acres  $30,000.00 Allows 1 permittee and 6 participants
Cypress Head 1,050 Acres $14,500.00 Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants
Yearling Pasture 2,600 Acres  $20,000.00 Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants
Deep Freeze - North  1,500 Acres  $21,000.00  Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants
Deep Freeze-South  1,326 Acres  $19,000.00  Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants
Myrtle Slough  1,681 Acres  $23,000.00  Allows 1 permittee and 4 participants
Possum Pond  2,621 Acres  $37,000.00  Allows 1 permittee and 9 participants
South Lightered  6,529 Acres  $53,000.00  Allows 1 permittee and 9 participants
Sawgrass  4,883 Acres $39,000.00 Allows 1 permittee and 9 participants
Bull Head   3,090 Acres  $43,500.00  Allows 1 permittee and 9 participants
Curry Lake 2,411 Acres  $33,754.00  Allows 1 permittee and 9 participants
  • Requirements: There are no requirements to be eligible for this permit type.
  • Issuance Method: Babcock Ranch Preserve Tier II permits are first issued in Phase I to customers eligible to renew (see Renewals below).  Any permits remaining after the renewal period are issued by applications and random drawing during Phase II.  Permits leftover after these phases are then issued immediately on a first-come first-served basis during Phase III.
  • Cost: The cost of permits is specific to each area, as listed above.  A $1,000.00 deposit 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 Payments section regarding full payment deadlines and details.   
  • 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 (see Application Dates and Deadlines below).  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.
  • Restrictions: There are no restrictions to the number of areas for which a customer can become a permit holder.
  • How to Apply: Applications are available online at (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”).
  • Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within three business days after an application period ends.  If eligible to renew or successful in the drawings, customers must purchase the permit by the specified deadline.  Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines) will be forfeited and offered for sale in the next phase.  Those successful in a drawing who have provided a valid, non-blocked email address, will be emailed as well as posted to the customer account online.  
  • How to Get Your Permit: Permits can be claimed online at 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 by the following deadlines, depending on the phase the permit was claimed:
 Phase I Renewals:  April 15 – May 1, 2019
 Full Payment Due:  May 15, 2019
 Phase II Applications:  May 17 – 27, 2019
 Phase II Claim Period:  May 31 – June 10, 2019
 Full Payment Due:   June 24, 2019
 Phase III Leftovers:   June 27, 2019 – until filled or the final hunt date
 Full Payment Due:   Within two weeks of online down payment

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. The permittee and participant assume full responsibility for the behavior of and risks to family and guests.
  • Exemptions: There are no exemptions for Babcock Ranch Preserve Tier II permits. Those accessing each property must be a permittee, participant, designated guest, or the spouse or dependent child under 18 of the permittee or participant.   
  • 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.
  • Reprints: Reprint requests must be made through the FWC Babcock Ranch Preserve liaison.
  • Transferability: Babcock Ranch Preserve Tier Permits are not transferrable.  If extenuating circumstances should occur at any time throughout the term of the permit, permit holders or designated participants may contact the FWC liaison.
  • 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.