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, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
- Game—resident game birds, game mammals and migratory game birds
- Resident game birds—quail and wild turkeys
- Game mammals—deer, gray squirrels, rabbits and black bears
- Migratory game birds—ducks, geese, common moorhens, coots, snipe, rails, woodcocks, mourning doves and white-winged doves
- Non-migratory game—resident game birds and game mammals
- Furbearers—bobcats, otters, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, beavers, skunks and nutrias
- 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/Bear for information.
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.