Hunting in Florida

Alligators - Floridians and nonresidents who are at least 18 years old to take up to 2 alligators per permit. Applicants who are awarded a permit must submit payment for two CITES tags and an Alligator Trapping License, or provide proof of possession of an Alligator Trapping License valid through the end of the alligator harvest season. A Florida hunting license is not required to participate in the statewide alligator hunt.

To Report a Nuisance Alligator: 866-392-4286

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Deer - You must have a $5 Deer Permit as well as a hunting license to hunt deer.

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Dove- Unless exempt, ALL hunters, regardless of where they will be hunting dove, must possess a valid State of Florida Hunting License and a Florida Migratory Bird Permit. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires the migratory bird permit for all persons hunting any type of migratory birds in Florida. This free permit can be obtained from any tax collector's office, licensed subagent, online External Website, or by calling (toll free) 1-888-HUNT-FLORIDA.

To hunt managed dove fields on Wildlife Management Areas hunters must also possess a wildlife management area permit, unless exempted from license requirements.

In some instances, a daily hunt permit, issued at the area check station, or a quota hunt permit may be required. Limited Entry/Quota hunt permits are required to hunt Dupuis, Babcock/Webb Punta Gorda Unit, Hilochee Osprey Unit, and Lake Wales Ridge Royce Unit.

To hunt one of the Special-Opportunity Dove Fields all hunters are required to either join the FWC Dove Club or obtain a Special-Opportunity Daily Dove Hunt Permit.

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Duck/Waterfowl - In general, waterfowl hunting in Florida is permitted on any water body that has public access, unless it is closed for a specific reason, such as being in a park or in an area where the discharge of firearms is prohibited. Wildlife management areas (WMAs), water management district (WMD) lands, and national wildlife refuges (NWRs) that offer duck hunting may have special permit requirements and restrictions on when and where you can hunt. Regional offices of the FWC can provide additional information on WMAs and other duck hunting areas. Please check with local law enforcement agencies for specific firearm discharge regulations on public water bodies prior to hunting.

To report duck band: 800-327-2263

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Quail - A Quail Quota Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order to participate in some quail hunts on select Management Areas.

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Small-game - Your local Wildlife Management (WMA) and Public Small-Game Hunting Areas (PSGHA) are excellent places to go small-game hunting.

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Turkey - One of the most coveted and sought-after game species in Florida is the Osceola turkey, also known as the Florida turkey. This unique bird is one of five subspecies of wild turkey in North America.

The Osceola lives on the Florida peninsula and nowhere else in the world, making it extremely popular with out-of-state hunters. It's similar to the eastern subspecies (found in the Panhandle) but tends to be a bit smaller and typically a darker shade with less white barring on the flight feathers of its wings.

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Wild Hog- On private property with landowner permission, wild pigs may be hunted year round using rifles, shotguns, crossbows, bows or pistols. There is no size or bag limit, and you may harvest either sex. Also, no hunting license is required.

Florida's Limited Entry/Quota Hunt Programs offer quality public hunting opportunities and prevent overcrowding and control the harvest of game on wildlife management areas.

On wildlife management areas (WMAs) , hogs may be taken during most hunting seasons, except spring turkey. But, if it's during archery season, you must use a bow - during muzzleloading gun season, you can only use a muzzleloader. You need a management area permit and any other necessary permits to hunt wild pigs during particular seasons on WMAs - where on some, daily bag limits on wild pigs do apply, and on a few, there's even a minimum size limit on what you can take. On wildlife management areas, you may not use a gun and light at night.

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Wildlife Alert - To report wildlife law violators call 888-404-3922

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