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Furbearer Regulations

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Only general wildlife management area (WMA) regulations are covered in this booklet. For specific WMA regulations, obtain individual WMA brochures published annually for each area. WMA brochures are available only at MyFWC.com/WMAbrochures.

Regulations

  • Bobcat and otter may be trapped statewide Dec. 1 – March 1. No limits.
  • Raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, skunk and nutria may be trapped statewide year round. No limits.
  • Minks, Everglades minks, weasels and round-tailed muskrats cannot be taken or possessed.

License Requirements

A trapping license ($26.50) is required:

  • When taking or attempting to take furbearing animals using live traps or snares.
  • To sell the pelts or meat of furbearing animals to licensed fur dealers, whether taken by trap, snare or gun.

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. Hunting raccoons or opossums at night is allowed, but only .22-caliber rimfire firearms (other than .22-magnums) or single-shot .410-gauge shotguns (using shot not larger than size 6) may be used.

Prohibited

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 live raccoons within, into or from the state, except by FWC permit or authorization. Hunting raccoons or opossums by displaying or using lights from moving vehicles, vessels or animals is prohibited.

Feeding

The intentional placement of feed or garbage

in a manner that is likely to create or creates

a public nuisance by attracting foxes, coyotes

or raccoons is prohibited.

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.

Commercial Furbearer Requirements

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.

Falconry

Wildlife management area regulations can differ.

Species

2018-2019
Season Dates

Bag/Possession Limit

Quail

Oct. 1 – March 31

2/4

Gray Squirrel

Oct. 1 – March 31

12/24

Rabbit

Year round

12/24

Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove

Sept. 22 – Oct. 14

3/9*

Nov. 10 – Dec. 2

Dec. 19 – Feb. 1

Rail (Sora, King, Clapper, Virginia)

Sept. 1 – Dec. 16

3/9*

Common Moorhen

Sept. 1 – Dec. 14

3/9*

Snipe

Nov. 1 – Feb. 15

3/9*

Woodcock

Nov. 24 – March 10

3/9*

Canada Goose

Sept. 1 – 30

3/9*

Nov. 17 – 25

Dec. 1 – Jan. 30

Ducks, Light Geese (Snow, Blue and Ross’), Coot

Sept. 22 – 30

3/9*

Nov. 3 – 12

Nov. 17 – 25

Dec. 8 – Jan. 27

Feb. 2 – 3**

Feb. 4 – March 1