The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) offers the Military Gold Sportsman's License to active duty and retired members of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Armed Forces Reserve, the Florida National Guard, the United States Coast Guard or the United States Coast Guard Reserve that are stationed in Florida or claim Florida as their primary residence.
The reduced-fee $20 annual license offers the same privileges as the traditional $100 Gold Sportsman's License. The Military Gold Sportsman's License includes the Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and the Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits.
The license does not include tarpon tags, alligator trapping licenses, limited entry hunt permits, migratory bird permit or the federal duck stamp.
Hunter education requirements apply to military personnel.
The Military Gold Sportsman's Licenses are only available at tax collectors' offices . You must show your military identification card to the clerk. Therefore the license is not available online, by phone or at other license agents.
All active military personnel who can show military orders stating that they are stationed in Florida are eligible.
Florida residents who are active military personnel (stationed anywhere) and can show a current military identification card and a Florida Drivers License are eligible.
Resident retired military persons who can show a current Red or Blue Military ID Card (Red card must have branch insignia on face to be accepted) and proof of Florida Residency are eligible.
This license is not available to family members unless they are also active duty or retired.
NOTE: Florida residents who can show authorized leave documentation stating that they are not stationed in Florida and home on leave for 30 days or less do not need a hunting, freshwater fishing or saltwater fishing license or a *Florida waterfowl, deer, turkey, snook, spiny lobster, archery season, crossbow season, muzzle-loading season, or management area permit (leave documentation must be in possession when participating in these activities).
*This exemption does not apply for the federal duck stamp, some limited entry permits, alligator trapping licenses, or to tarpon tags.
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