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Furbearer Hunting Regulations

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Only general wildlife management area (WMA) are covered in this booklet. For specific WMA regulations, obtain individual WMA brochures published annually for each area. WMA brochures are available at, FWC regional offices (see Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) and some county tax collectors’ offices.

Furbearer hunting regulations

(See Hunting Season Dates)

License requirements: A trapping license is required when taking or attempting to take furbearing animals using live traps or snares. A trapping license is required to sell the fur of furbearing animals to licensed fur dealers, whether taken by trap, snare or gun. Trapping licenses are not required of residents 65 years of age or older.

Methods of taking: Furbearers may be taken with guns, live traps or snares and recorded game calls.

Wildlife management areas: Furbearers may not be taken on WMAs unless specifically authorized by area regulations.

Closed season on fox: Trapping or shooting foxes is prohibited. Foxes may not be killed but may be chased with dogs year-round. Foxes or untanned fox pelts may not be possessed, except by permit from the FWC executive director. A permit is not required when getting a road-killed fox mounted by a taxidermist.

Prohibited: Minks, Everglades minks, weasels and round-tailed muskrats cannot be taken or possessed. Everglades minks reside in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier and Hendry counties.

Commercial furbearer requirements

(See Hunting Season Dates)

One must possess a fur dealer’s license to engage in the buying and selling of meat or fur from furbearing mammals for commercial purposes.

Bobcat and otter pelts taken for commercial purposes must be tagged with an FWC seal. To obtain furbearer tags, call the furbearer program coordinator at 850-488-5878.

Licensed fur dealers and their agents must tag otter and bobcat pelts with official FWC tags immediately upon receipt. Tags are distributed to dealers upon request. Fur dealers are held accountable for disposition of tags and are required to return unused tags by April 15, 2014.


Wildlife management area regulations can differ.

Season dates:

  • Gray squirrels and quail may be taken statewide by permitted falconers
    Oct. 1, 2013–March 31, 2014.
  • Rabbits may be taken year-round.

Daily bag and possession limits:


Daily bag limit

Possession limit




Gray squirrel






Migratory game birds may be taken and possessed by falconers only during times and within bag limits determined annually by the FWC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Migratory game bird seasons for 2013–2014 were not established at the time this booklet went to press. For season dates, contact the Division of Hunting and Game Management at 850-488-4676 or visit Detailed rules concerning falconry permits are available from the Division of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 or call 850-488-6253.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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