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Licenses and Permits

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You may obtain most recreational hunting, fishing licenses and permits, including replacement copies, at License.MyFWC.com, tax collectors’ offices, license agents, or by calling toll-free 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356). You must have a valid Florida Driver License or Florida ID Card in order to obtain resident licenses or permits online or by telephone.

For purposes of hunting in Florida, a “resident” is defined as any person who has declared Florida as his or her only state of residence as evidenced by a valid Florida driver license or identification card with both a Florida address and a Florida residency verified by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (HSMV). If the person does not have a Florida driver license or identification card on record with HSMV, a Florida voter information card, declaration of domicile, or homestead exemption may be used as proof of Florida residency. Active duty military personnel stationed in Florida, including their spouses and dependent children residing in their households, are considered residents when purchasing hunting licenses regardless of how long they have lived in the state. Obtaining licenses and permits constitutes acceptance of all provisions therein.

Except as noted under License and Permit Exemptions, the following licenses and permits are required:

Hunting license: Required when taking or attempting to take game or furbearing animals (by methods other than trapping).

Deer permit: Required, in addition to a hunting license, when taking or attempting to take deer.

Turkey permit: Required, in addition to a hunting license, when taking or attempting to take turkeys.

Migratory bird permit: Required, in addition to a hunting license, when taking or attempting to take ducks, geese, brants, coots, common moorhens, gallinules, rails, snipes, woodcocks, mourning doves and white-winged doves. When obtaining the permit, you will be asked a few questions about last season’s harvest numbers. Your answers help improve accuracy of harvest data used in managing migratory bird populations. Permit is valid from Sept. 1 through March 31. A migratory bird permit is not required to take crows.

Florida waterfowl permit and Federal duck stamp: Required, in addition to a hunting license and migratory bird permit, when taking or attempting to take ducks and geese.

Archery season permit: Required, in addition to a hunting license, when hunting during archery season.

Crossbow season permit: Required, in addition to a hunting license, when hunting during crossbow season.

Muzzleloading gun season permit: Required, in addition to a hunting license, when hunting during muzzleloading season.

Management area permit: Required, in addition to a hunting license, when taking or attempting to take wildlife on wildlife management areas, wildlife and environmental areas and some public small-game hunting areas; except on Eglin, Avon Park and Tyndall military bases, Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area, Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area and Kissimmee River Public Use Area, while hunting special-opportunity hunts or if in possession of a valid recreational use permit. A management area permit is also an annual pass on wildlife management areas where a day use fee is required.

Limited entry/quota permit: Required to hunt, or access for recreational purposes, some management areas during specified periods (see Limited Entry/Quota Permits on the Wildlife Management Area Permit Requirements page.)

Trapping license: Required when taking or attempting to take furbearing animals using live traps or snares and when selling furs to licensed fur dealers.

Wild hogs are not considered game animals, therefore, no hunting license is required to take them—you need only landowner permission. A Feral Swine Dealer Permit issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (850-410-0900) is required to transport live wild hogs.

Please see the 2014–2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates and Bag Limits for more information.

NOTE: In addition to a hunting license, management area permit and any other related permits, additional permits or tags may be required for all or parts of a season when hunting on a wildlife management area. These requirements vary by area. For specific details on permit requirements and exemptions, consult the WMA brochure for each area you wish to hunt. They are available at MyFWC.com/Hunting.

License and permit fees

Licenses, permits and issuance fees are subject to change pending the 2014 legislative session. In addition to the cost of licenses and permits specified in this section, license agents charge a 50-cent issuance fee for selling licenses and permits. For up-to-date license information, visit MyFWC.com/License.

Hunters may use credit cards to purchase licenses and permits 24 hours a day at License.MyFWC.comor by calling toll-free 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356). This enables hunters to obtain immediate license privileges. Convenience fees will apply on all Internet and telephone sales. License sales are nonrefundable. You must have a valid Florida Driver License or Florida ID Card in order to obtain resident licenses or permits online or by telephone.

License and Permit Exemptions

Exemptions from hunting licenses, Florida waterfowl permits, deer permits, turkey permits, management area permits, archery permits, crossbow permits, muzzleloading gun permits and migratory bird permits are:

  • Persons hunting in their county of residence on their homestead or homestead of their spouse or minor child; or minor child hunting on the homestead of their parents.
  • Florida residents age 65 or older possessing proof of age and residency (a valid Florida Driver License or Florida ID Card meets this requirement) or a Florida Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate. Residents age 65 or older may obtain these complimentary hunting and fishing certifi­cates at county tax collectors’ offices. Residents age 65 or older also are exempt from trapping licenses (excluding alligator trapping licenses).
  • Florida residents possessing Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificates. Applications for these certificates are available at MyFWC.com/ADA.
  • Florida residents in the U.S. Armed Services not stationed in Florida, while home on leave with orders for 30 days or less.
  • Children under age 16 (also exempt from federal duck stamps).

Dove Hunters’ Online Updates

Information on Florida’s public dove fields is available in late September. Visit MyFWC.com/Dove to get the latest information on special-opportunity dove hunts and dove fields on Florida’s WMAs. Information is updated every Thursday throughout dove season and includes dove densities, previous week’s harvests and field conditions.

Resident Hunting Licenses

Annual

5-Year

Gold Sportsman’s License

Includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits.

$100.00

$494.00

Youth Gold Sportsman’s License

Includes same privileges as Gold Sportsman’s. This license is not required, but available to youths age 8 to 15 that hold a valid hunter safety certification and is valid from time of purchase until they reach 17 years old.

$100.00

Military Gold Sportsman’s License

Includes same privileges as Gold Sportsman’s License. Available only at county tax collectors’ offices to Florida residents who are active or retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Armed Forces Reserve, Florida National Guard, Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve; upon submission of a current military identification card and proof of Florida residency.

$20.00

Sportsman’s License

Includes Hunting and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl permits.

$80.50

Annual Hunting

$17.00

$79.00

Youth Hunting

This license is not required, but available to youths age 8 to 15 that hold a
valid hunter safety certification and is valid from time of purchase until they reach 17 years old.

$17.00

Resident 64 or Older Sportsman’s License

Includes Freshwater Fishing and Hunting licenses; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey, and Florida Waterfowl permits.

$13.50

Hunting/Freshwater Fishing Combination

$32.50

Hunting/Freshwater/Saltwater Fishing Combination

$48.00

Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting/Fishing Certificate

Free

Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate (65 or older)

Free

Nonresident Hunting Licenses

Nonresident Annual Hunting

$151.50

Nonresident 10-Day Hunting

$46.50

Hunting Permits
(Resident and Nonresident)

Annual

5-Year
(Residents
only)

Management Area Permit

$26.50

$126.50

Deer Permit

$5.00

$25.00

Archery Season Permit

$5.00

$25.00

Muzzleloading Gun Season Permit

$5.00

$25.00

Turkey Permit (Resident)

$10.00

$50.00

Turkey Permit (Nonresident)

$125.00

Florida Waterfowl Permit

$5.00

$25.00

Crossbow Season Permit

$5.00

$25.00

Migratory Bird Permit

Free

Trapping License

$26.50

Lifetime Licenses are available to Florida residents only. Funds generated from sales of these licenses are invested, creating an endowment to support long-term conservation of Florida’s fish and wildlife resources. Costs of lifetime licenses are less than what would be spent on annual licenses, permits and fees, and are valid in Florida even if you move out of state. Lifetime license holders are also exempt from most recreational license or permits that may be created in the future.

Lifetime Sportsman’s License

Includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits.

4 years or younger

$401.50

5–12 years

$701.50

13 years and older

$1,001.50

Lifetime Hunting License

Includes Hunting license; and Deer, Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl permits.

4 years or younger

$201.50

5–12 years

$351.50

13 years and older

$501.50

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