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The health and safety of employees and the Floridians and visitors we serve are a top priority for us. The FWC is continuing to evaluate its COVID-19 response. Please see the updates and FAQs below for more information. Please remember, when recreating outdoors, group size may not exceed 50 people and CDC-guidelines for social distancing and personal safety should be followed. 

The FWC continues to be in close communication with the Governor’s Office, the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the most recent COVID-19 status and guidance. For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, visit FloridaHealthCovid19.gov or contact the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 866-779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

For questions related to COVID-19 and animals.

CARES Act

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce recently announced the allocation of $300 million in fisheries assistance funding to go to states, Tribes, and territories with coastal and marine fishery participants who have been negatively affected by COVID–19. This funding will be provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act (Sec. 12005). Find more information about the CARES Act

CARES Act

FWC-Managed Ranges Notice

The FWC is reopening FWC-managed shooting ranges in a phased approach. Staffed ranges are open to limited public use Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Social distancing guidelines will be required for all people visiting the range.

The following exceptions will apply:

  • The Cecil M. Webb Public Shooting Range has reopened to limited public use on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only. To make a reservation, please call 239-220-9125 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. This facility will operate at 50% capacity with a one-hour time limit per participant and only one person per lane is allowed.
  • The Palm Beach Shooting Sports Complex is open with limited access to rifle and handgun ranges by appointment only Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make a reservation, please call 561-512-0285 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. This facility will operate at 50% capacity with a one-hour time limit per participant and only one person per lane is allowed.

Phase 2 guidelines have not been finalized. The FWC will continue to evaluate its COVID-19 response with regards to shooting ranges and is committed to resuming more normal operations when it’s safe to do so.

FWC-Managed Ranges

WMA Updates

Find the open/closed status of wildlife management areas (WMAs) by clicking the red button below.

Please note some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. Those planning to visit a WMA should first check the area's open/closed status.

Check WMA Open/Closed Status

Check Station Update

Check stations are open. When visiting wildlife management areas and check stations, we ask that you please follow current Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) public safety recommendations. See the FAQ below "Wildlife Management Areas - Hunting" for details.

 

Fish Management Area Updates

Due to COVID-19 related closures, those planning to visit a fish management area (FMA) should first check the area's open/closed status. Please also note many FMAs are within parks or other recreational areas that are managed by partner agencies and have been closed by those entities. FMA users are reminded to engage in social distancing. Group size may not exceed 50 people and visitors should follow CDC-guidelines for social distancing and personal safety.

Check FMA Open/Closed Status

Boat Ramp Updates

Check the status of public boat ramps using FWC’s Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder. It's updated every 24-hours to include information about boat ramp open/closed status. Before leaving on a trip, it’s important to check with local, county, and statewide Emergency Orders and with the managing entity of the boat ramp if it’s not run by the FWC. 

 

Updates Related to WMA Campgrounds

  • For information about the open/closed status of camping on the wildlife management area (WMA) system, please visit MyFWC.com/Notices. Please note, some WMAs do not offer camping opportunities and others allow camping only during certain times of the year. In addition to checking an area’s open/closed status, please also review the WMA regulations brochure for camping information. Find information about making a camping reservation.
  • Some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. Find updates from FWC's partners concerning their campgrounds and recreation areas.
  • WMA users are reminded group size may not exceed 50 people and visitors should follow CDC-guidelines for social distancing and personal safety.

Office Closure Notice

ALL FWC offices will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 response so please check back before heading to an FWC office.

Wildlife Management Areas - General Use

Before visiting a wildlife management area (WMA), we recommend checking the open/closed status of that WMA. Please note some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. WMA users are reminded group size may not exceed 50 people and visitors should follow CDC-guidelines for social distancing and personal safety.

Wildlife Management Areas - Hunting

Before visiting a wildlife management area (WMA), we recommend checking the open/closed status of that WMA. Please note some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. WMA users are reminded group size may not exceed 50 people and visitors should follow CDC-guidelines for social distancing and personal safety.

Yes, check stations are open. We ask that you please follow current Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) public safety recommendations when visiting management areas and check stations:

  • Social distancing: maintain a distance of 6 feet from others when possible and avoid handshakes and large gatherings.
  • Masks: cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others, such as when approaching and interacting with the check station operator.
  • Hand washing: wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Follow any local county ordinances.

 

Thank you for your assistance in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and allowing our check stations to remain open so we can provide you with a high-quality hunting experience.

Yes, all rules are in effect except those relating to check stations and camping.

Yes.  You still must have a quota permit issued through RLIS or GoOutdoorsFlorida.com for areas that require them. However, requirements for check station issued permits such as zone tags or daily walk in permits will be waived.

Quota permits can be returned electronically at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com up to 10 days prior to your hunt. If you are concerned about travel, we encourage you to return your permit to the licensing system to receive your original preference points, plus one, to be used next season. If it is past your 10-day return window, please contact the Office of Licensing and Permitting at customerservice@myfwc.com.

Like other impactful events such as hurricanes, the FWC will review and consider actions after the event. Updates and announcements regarding quota permits will be communicated directly to permit holders through email. For up-to-date information on WMAs, please visit MyFWC.com/Notices.

Yes, FWC law enforcement will be prioritizing enforcement within impacted areas.

Shooting Ranges

The FWC is reopening FWC-managed shooting ranges in a phased approach. Staffed ranges are open to limited public use Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Social distancing guidelines will be required for all people visiting the range.

The following exceptions will apply:

  • The Cecil M. Webb Public Shooting Range has reopened to limited public use on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only. To make a reservation, please call 239-220-9125 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. This facility will operate at 50% capacity with a one-hour time limit per participant and only one person per lane is allowed.
  • The Palm Beach Shooting Sports Complex is open with limited access to rifle and handgun ranges by appointment only Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make a reservation, please call 561-512-0285 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. This facility will operate at 50% capacity with a one-hour time limit per participant and only one person per lane is allowed.

Phase 2 guidelines have not been finalized. The FWC will continue to evaluate its COVID-19 response with regards to shooting ranges and is committed to resuming more normal operations when it’s safe to do so.