This publication is provided as a guide to Florida hunting laws and regulations; however, the Wildlife Code of the State of Florida is the final authority on hunting laws. The Florida Wildlife Code, Division Number 68A of the Florida Administrative Code, can be obtained at www.flrules.org. The FWC strives to ensure the information in this publication is accurate but assumes no liability for substantive or typographical differences between this publication and the Florida Administrative Code. If you have questions regarding hunting laws and regulations, contact a FWC regional office (see below). This publication is valid from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
Resident game birds, mammals and migratory game birds
- Resident game birds—quail and wild turkeys
- Game mammals—deer, gray squirrels, rabbits and black bears.
- Furbearers—bobcats, otters, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, beavers, skunks and nutrias
- Migratory game birds—ducks, geese, common moorhens, coots, snipe, rails, woodcocks, mourning doves and white-winged doves
- Fox squirrels, Key deer and Florida panthers cannot be taken or pursued.
Information regarding bear management is not contained in this handbook. Please visit
MyFWC.com/BearHunting for information.
New bird flu in waterfowl
New strains of avian influenza (bird flu) have been introduced into the U.S. and may appear in Florida. Although these strains are not known to cause disease in humans, hunters are still urged to take precautions. Further information can be found at MyFWC.com/WildlifeHealth. You can assist by reporting bird mortality events online at MyFWC.com/Bird or by calling your regional FWC office.
Florida’s CWD watch
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a progressive fatal disease of the brain and nervous system in deer. The FWC has not found CWD in or near Florida but we must continue to be vigilant. If you find a deer dead of unknown causes or observe or harvest a deer that is extremely thin, sick, or diseased immediately contact the FWC at 866-CWD-WATCH (866-293-9282).
For more information about CWD, visit MyFWC.com/CWD.