Mallard Control Permit
Mallard Control Permits expire annually on March 31st.
New permits are available April 1st.
By issuing these permits, FWC hopes to provide relief for nuisance situations and to help reduce hybridization, or cross-breeding, between feral mallards and Florida's wild, native mottled duck. More detailed information on the problem of hybridization is available on our Waterfowl website.
Mallard control permits allow the following type of control:
- Lethal control and trapping of feral mallards - May 1 through August 31 annually.
- Destruction of nests and eggs of feral mallards - year-round.
This permit is NOT a hunting license. All provisions set forth in the state and federal permits must be adhered to. Read them carefully.
In order to carry out mallard control, you must:
- Obtain a free FWC Mallard Control Permit (requires a printer to print the permit). You may also apply by phone or mail for a Mallard Control Permit
- Print a copy of the federal permit
- Fill out a data sheet to record permit activity and take. This data sheet must be returned by mail or reported online, regardless of activity, by April 30th.
Current permit holders
- Federal permit
- Data Sheet for recording permit activity and take
- Florida State Statute prohibiting cruelty to animals
- Duck Identification
- Contact a Nuisance Wildlife Trapper in your region for assistance in capturing nuisance mallards (or other wildlife). This is not a free service.