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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.  These are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hunt permits issued by the FWC.  For questions about the refuge's rules and regulations or further information on the hunts, please visit the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge webpage.

Merritt Island Waterfowl Application Worksheet

Application Dates and Deadlines

Apply Online

  • How to Apply:  Hunters can apply online at by signing on and choosing “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit” or by completing an Application Worksheet and presenting it to any license agent or tax collector's office.
  • Requirements: Applicants must be 16 years of age or older and have completed a certified hunter safety class in order to apply.  In addition to a Merritt Island Waterfowl Permit, a free Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Permit is also required to be signed and in the hunter's possession while hunting.  By signing the permit, hunters acknowledge that they have read and understand the refuge regulations.
  • Cost:  $0.00 to apply, $27.50 per permit. 
  • Exemptions:  There are no exemptions for this permit.  You must be issued a Merritt Island Waterfowl permit or be the guest of a permit holder to participate in these hunts.
  • Restrictions:  Applicants may submit one Merritt Island NWR Waterfowl application in Phase I.  A maximum of one Merritt Island NWR Waterfowl permit is allowed in Phase I.  Successful applicants must purchase their permit by the deadline, or it will be forfeited and available to others in Phase II.  Hunters may obtain additional permits in Phase II for a maximum of three permits per person, but no more than one permit per hunt. The selling or purchasing of any Waterfowl permit is prohibited.
  • Group Applications: Group applications are NOT available for this hunt type. (See Guest Permits.)
  • Issuance Method:  By random drawing during Phase I.  Successful applicants must purchase their permits by the specified deadline (see Claim Deadlines) will be forfeited and offered by immediate issuance during Phase II. 
  • Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within three days after an application period ends.  
  • Preference Points: Preference points are NOT available for this hunt type.
  • How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I random drawing, applicants may pay for and print their permits online, or at a license agent or tax collector office until the permit “claim” deadline.  
  • Guest Permits: Guest permits are NOT available for this permit type; however, each Merritt Island Waterfowl permit allows the permit holder and up to three additional hunting/non-hunting guests, the total group shall not exceed four persons. Guest may not hunt unless the permit holder is present.
  • Transferability: Merritt Island Waterfowl permits are NOT transferable.
  • Reprints: Lost or destroyed Merritt Island Waterfowl permits cannot be replaced.
  • Returns: Returned permits are not accepted for this permit type. All sales are final.