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Merritt Island Waterfowl

A Merritt Island Waterfowl Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order to participate in waterfowl hunts on Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Please visit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for the refuge’s rules and regulations, and more information on the hunts.

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Cost:  $0.00 to apply, $27.50 per permit. 

Requirements to Apply: Applicants must be 16 years of age or older in order to apply. 

Exemptions:  There are no exemptions for this permit.

Group Applications: Group applications are not available for this hunt type.

Preference Points: Preference points are not available for this hunt type.

Transferability: These permits are not transferrable.

How to Apply:  Applicants can apply online at (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permits”) or by completing an Application Worksheet and presenting it to any license agent or tax collector's office. Each applicant may make up to five choices on an application in Phase I, II, and III.

Application and Permit Issuance: Applicants may submit one application and receive up to one permit in Phase I, II, and III. Successful applicants must purchase their permit by the claim deadline. Permits not purchased by the claim deadline will be forfeited and offered in subsequent phases. Permits are issued by random drawing during Phase I, II, and III. Applicants may be awarded up to three Merritt Island Waterfowl permits per season.

Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within three business days after an application period ends.

How to Get Your Permit: Successful applicants may purchase and print their permit online at or at a license agent or tax collector’s office. Applicants who purchased online and have a valid email address will have a copy of their permit emailed to them. Permits may also be downloaded and stored on the Fish|Hunt Florida mobile app.

Guest Permits: Guest permits are not available for this permit type. Each permit allows the permit holder and up to three additional hunting/non-hunting guests, for a maximum of four people.

Reprints: Customers can reprint their permit at no cost from their customer account at Permits may also be reprinted at a license agent or tax collector’s office for a fee.

Returns: Returned permits are not accepted for this permit type.

Additional Requirements: In addition to the Merritt Island Waterfowl Permit, you must have a free Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Permit. This free permit is available for download at the US Fish and Wildlife Service website. By signing this permit, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the refuge regulations.  Each hunter is required to keep a signed hunt permit in their possession while hunting.  You must also have a picture ID with you while using your permit.