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Waterfowl Permit

General Information

A Waterfowl Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required to participate in designated waterfowl hunts on Guana River, Ocklawaha Prairie, T.M. Goodwin/Broadmoor Marsh, A-1 FEB Impoundment, and all Stormwater Treatment Areas (STA) Public Waterfowl Areas.  Regular season waterfowl and snipe hunts are issued in three different periods (or permit types): A, B and C.  

Application Dates & Deadlines

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Regular Season Waterfowl & Snipe – Period A Worksheet  (includes hunt opportunities for Nov. 2 – Dec. 15, 2019)

Regular Season Waterfowl & Snipe – Period B Worksheet  (includes hunt opportunities for Dec. 17, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020)

Regular Season Waterfowl & Snipe – Period C Worksheet  (includes hunt opportunities for Jan. 7 – Feb. 15, 2020)

  • How to Apply:  Hunters can apply online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com 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.  Each applicant may make up to 10 choices per application in the first two phases, one choice at a time in the third phase, and up to 10 choices per application in the weekly reissue phases.  Choices offered are based on permit availability  throughout each phase. 
  • Requirements to Apply:  Unless exempt, hunters must have a valid Management Area Permit or a license that includes a management area permit in order to apply. 
  • Cost:  $0.00 to apply, $0.00 per permit.
  • Exemptions:  There are no exemptions for Waterfowl permits.  All hunters must be permitted or a guest of a permittee (see Guests section below). 
  • Restrictions: Hunters may submit one application and receive up to one permit in Phases I or Phase II for each period (A, B and C). Hunters can have no more than one permit per hunt unit, and no more than five permits total per period.  The selling or purchasing of any quota permit is prohibited.
  • Group Applications:  Group applications are not available for Waterfowl Permits. 
  • Issuance Method:  Waterfowl permits are issued by random drawing during Phases I and II.  Leftover permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis during Phase III.  Please review the Returned Permits section below for detailed information on the reissuance of permits.
  • Drawing Results:  In all application phases issued by random drawing, each application is assigned a random number, and the lottery then checks whether the applicants’ choices have quota available.  If an applicant is successful in the drawing, he or she is assigned the permit.  Drawing results are typically posted within three days of the application period closing.  
  • Preference Points:  There are no preference points for Waterfowl permit types.
  • How to Get the Permit:  Permits may be obtained online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com by signing on and choosing Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit or at a license agent or tax collector's office.
  • Guests:  Guest permits are not available for Waterfowl Permit types.  Each permit allows the permit holder to hunt, and some permits allow a designated number of hunters to participate in the hunt as indicated on the permit. 
  • Transferability:  Waterfowl Permits are NOT transferable.
  • Reprints:  Reprints for Waterfowl Permits are available online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com at no cost, or at a license agent or tax collector office for a $2.50 reprint fee.
  • Returned Permits:  Hunters unable to use a permit may return the permit.  All returned permits are reflected as they are returned in real time, and show in a separate column in permit availability. All returned permits for Periods A, B and C are included in weekly reissue drawings throughout the season.
  • License Requirements to Hunt Waterfowl in Florida:  Unless exempt, those hunting Public Waterfowl Areas must have a valid Hunting License, Florida Waterfowl and Management Area Permits, and a Migratory Bird Permit. All hunters 16 and older must also possess a current Federal Duck Stamp.  
  • Reporting Requirements:   Hunters should check the WMA brochure for any check station reporting requirements for their hunt.  Public lands hunters may also receive a survey after the season concludes to assist the FWC in gathering valuable insight and data.
  • Important Check Station Information:  Permit holders who do not check in at the check station at T.M. Goodwin/Broadmoor Marsh and the STAs during the required intervals on the hunt date will forfeit their permit, and the permits will then be issued at the check station at 5 a.m. for morning hunts and 1 p.m. for afternoon hunts.  No-shows are replaced by walk-ins at the check station via random drawing.  Permit holders who do not attend their hunts at Guana River and Ocklawaha Prairie will not be replaced by walk-ins.