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The health and safety of employees and the Floridians and visitors we serve are a top priority for us. As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to impact our communities, we’re taking proactive measures. Please see the updates and FAQs below for details about closures and other efforts to minimize exposure to COVID-19 and help protect stakeholders, staff and volunteers.

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.

Fish Management Area Updates

Due to ongoing 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 should be limited to 10 people and groups should remain 50 feet apart.

Check FMA Open/Closed Status

WMA Updates

Because the response to COVID-19 is ongoing, those planning to visit a wildlife management area (WMA) should first check the area's open/closed status. To align with the goals of safer-at-home orders, all WMAs in south Florida’s Broward, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties are closed until further notice. Please also note some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. WMA users are reminded to engage in social distancing. Group size should be limited to 10 people and groups should remain 50 feet apart.

Check WMA Open/Closed Status

Recreational Vessel Update

Executive Order 20-09 has been enacted to reflect direction from Governor DeSantis, the Florida Department of Health and the CDC. Effective immediately, all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board.

Currently, many of the boat ramps throughout the state remain open to the public. The FWC’s Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder is updated every 24-hours to include information regarding 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. 

 

Some Renewal Deadlines Extended

Per Executive Order 20-08, the deadline for the licenses listed below that require renewal in March or April has been extended for at least 30 days from the current expiration date.

  • Commercial Freshwater licenses
  • Charter Fishing Licenses
  • Captive Wildlife Exhibition and Sale Licenses
  • Venomous/Conditional/Prohibited Reptiles
  • Private Game Preserves and Farms
  • Marine Special Activity Licenses

Any changes or extensions to Executive Order 20-08 will be posted here so please check back.

Office and Range Closure Notice

  • ALL FWC offices and FWC-managed shooting ranges will be closed to the public from Thursday, March 19 through Friday, May 1 in accordance with Department of Management Services guidelines. Staff will reevaluate the need for extending the closure prior to May 1 so please check back before heading to an office or range.

Updates Related to WMA Campgrounds and Daily Use Fees

  • The FWC is closing all designated campgrounds on the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system for a minimum of 30 days beginning Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. Also, permits for camping after Monday, March 23 will be canceled. On areas where it is currently allowed, dispersed wilderness camping (camping outside of designated campgrounds or where no permit is required) will continue to be allowed, but only for groups of less than 10 people.
  • The FWC is waiving the daily use fee on WMAs that require it for people engaged in recreational activities other than hunting. 
  • We recommend monitoring the open/closed status of a WMA before visiting the area. To align with the goals of safer-at-home orders, all WMAs in south Florida’s Broward, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties are closed until further notice. Please also note some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. WMA users are reminded to engage in social distancing. Group size should be limited to 10 people and groups should remain 50 feet apart.

Updates Related to Check Stations

  • On all wildlife management areas (WMAs) that operate check stations, the FWC is temporarily suspending regulations requiring hunters to check in at a check station upon entering, check out upon leaving the area, check all game harvested, and obtain check station issued permits or zone tags, except for Camp Blanding WMA and Econfina Creek - Fitzhugh Carter Tract.
  • We recommend monitoring the open/closed status of a WMA before visiting the area. To align with the goals of safer-at-home orders, all WMAs in south Florida’s Broward, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties are closed until further notice. Please also note some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. WMA users are reminded to engage in social distancing. Group size should be limited to 10 people and groups should remain 50 feet apart.

Overview

  • To minimize exposure to COVID-19 and help protect stakeholders, staff and volunteers, FWC offices, shooting ranges, and campgrounds have been closed. In addition, on all wildlife management areas (WMAs) that operate check stations, the FWC is temporarily suspending regulations requiring hunters to check in at a check station upon entering, check out upon leaving the area, check all game harvested, and obtain check station issued permits or zone tags, except for Camp Blanding WMA and Econfina Creek - Fitzhugh Carter Tract. In addition, the FWC is waiving the daily use fee on WMAs that require it for people engaged in recreational activities other than hunting.
  • Before visiting a wildlife management area (WMA), we recommend checking the open/closed status of that WMA. To align with the goals of safer-at-home orders, all wildlife management areas in south Florida’s Broward, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties are closed until further notice. Please also note some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. WMA users are reminded to engage in social distancing. Group size should be limited to 10 people and groups should remain 50 feet apart.

Shooting Ranges

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines regarding large gatherings, all FWC-managed public shooting ranges are closed from March 19 through May 1. Staff will reevaluate the need for extending the closure prior to May 1 so please check the open/closed status before heading to a range.

Wildlife Management Areas - General Use

  • Before visiting a wildlife management area (WMA), we recommend checking the open/closed status of that WMA. To align with the goals of safer-at-home orders, all wildlife management areas in south Florida’s Broward, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties are closed until further notice. Please also note some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. WMA users are reminded to engage in social distancing. Group size should be limited to 10 people and groups should remain 50 feet apart.

The FWC is waiving the daily use fee on WMAs that require it for people engaged in recreational activities other than hunting. Those who are hunting at a WMA must have a management area permit as well as other required licenses and permits, unless exempt.

 

Wildlife Management Areas - Hunting

  • Before visiting a wildlife management area (WMA), we recommend checking the open/closed status of that WMA. To align with the goals of safer-at-home orders, all wildlife management areas in south Florida’s Broward, Monroe, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties are closed until further notice. Please also note some WMAs and recreational areas within WMAs throughout the state have been closed by partner agencies. WMA users are reminded to engage in social distancing. Group size should be limited to 10 people and groups should remain 50 feet apart.

All rules related to check stations, such as checking in and out and all game harvested, as well as any rule that requires interaction with a check station operator are waived.  However, all other rules remain in effect (quota permit requirements, bag limits, vehicle use).  FWC law enforcement officers will continue to patrol and enforce wildlife and FWC management area regulations.

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.

All check station and zone tag requirements are waived.

Yes, vehicle and other public access for each area will remain the same as before the check stations were closed. FWC staff will open and close gates daily if necessary.

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.

Wildlife Management Areas - Camping

Yes, camping equipment may remain on a wildlife management area (WMA) while campgrounds are closed due to COVID-19. However, access to camping equipment left at a WMA campground may not be allowed during the closure period.