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Waterfowl Permit

General Information

A Waterfowl Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order 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. The following information provides further details on specific information regarding these permits.

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Regular Season Waterfowl & Snipe – Period A Worksheet  

Regular Season Waterfowl & Snipe – Period B Worksheet  

Regular Season Waterfowl & Snipe – Period C Worksheet  

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

Requirements to Apply:  Unless exempt, hunters must have a valid Management Area Permit to apply. 

Exemptions:  There are no exemptions for this permit type.

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

Preference Points:  There are no preference points for this permit type.

Transferability:  These permits are not transferable.

How to Apply:  Applicants can apply online at (sign on and choose “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 on an application in Phase I and II, and one choice on an application in Phase III Leftovers.

Application and permit Issuance:  Applicants may submit one application and receive up to one permit in Phase I or Phase II. Permits are issued by random drawing during Phase I and II, and issued on a first-come, first-served basis during Phase III Leftovers. Each hunter may obtain five permits cumulatively for this permit type.

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

How to Get the Permit:  Successful applicants may print their permit online at or at a license agent or tax collector's office. Successful applicants with 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 FL mobile app.

Guest Permits:  Guest permits are not available for this permit type. However, some permits allow a designated number of hunters to participate in the hunt as indicated on the permit. 

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 office for a fee.

Returned Permits:  Hunters unable to use their permits may return the permit.  All returned permits 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:   There are no reporting requirements for Regular Season Waterfowl Permits; however, FWC biologists may send out surveys at the conclusion of each season and appreciate feedback.

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. T.M. Goodwin/Broadmoor Marsh 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. STA standby opportunities for morning hunts will now be issued online, rather than by random drawing at the check station. STA standby opportunities for afternoon hunts will continue to be issued at the check station 1 p.m. random drawing. Permit holders who do not attend their hunts at Guana River and Ocklawaha Prairie will not be replaced by walk-ins.