Only general wildlife management area (WMA) are covered. For specific WMA regulations, obtain individual WMA brochures published annually for each area. WMA brochures are available at MyFWC.com/Hunting/WMA-Brochures , FWC regional offices and some county tax collectors’ offices.
A trapping license ($26.50) is required:
Methods of take
Furbearers may be taken with guns (including air guns), live traps, snares (including power snares) and recorded game calls. Live traps and snares must be checked every 24 hours.
The use of steel leg-hold traps, dog-proof raccoon traps and body-grip (conibear) traps is prohibited, except when permitted by FWC. It is illegal to transport wild-trapped raccoons within, into or from the state, except by FWC permit or authorization.
Closed season on fox
Trapping or shooting foxes is prohibited, but foxes may be chased with dogs year round. Foxes or untanned fox pelts may not be possessed, except by permit from FWC. A permit is not required to have a road-killed fox mounted by a taxidermist.
One must possess a fur dealer’s license ($100.00) to buy or sell meat or fur from furbearing mammals for commercial purposes, or to solicit business by mail or advertising.
CITES tag requirements
Bobcat and otter pelts taken for commercial purposes must be tagged with a CITES tag. Licensed fur dealers and their agents must tag otter and bobcat pelts immediately upon receipt. CITES tags are also required when transporting pelts of bobcat or otter across state lines. The possession of pelts of bobcat and otter is prohibited during the period of April 1 to Nov. 30 unless pelts have been tagged. Tags are distributed to trappers and dealers upon request. To obtain CITES tags, call FWC at 850-488-5878. Fur dealers are held accountable for disposition of tags and are required to return unused tags by April 15.
Wildlife management area regulations can differ.
Sept. 23 - Oct. 23
Nov. 11 - Dec. 4Dec. 12 - Feb. 1
*The daily bag limit for all migratory game bird species is three, singly or in the aggregateFor more information on falconry regulations, contact the FWC's Waterfowl and Small Game Program at 850-488-5878
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