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Recreational license, permit information and requirements

You may obtain most recreational hunting and fishing licenses and permits, including replacement copies, at GoOutdoorsFlorida.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. 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, coots, common moorhens, gallinules, rails, snipes, woodcocks, mourning doves and white-winged doves.

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 gun 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. A management area permit is also an annual pass on wildlife management areas where FWC requires a daily use fee.

Limited entry/quota permit

Required to hunt, or access for recreational purposes, some management areas during specified periods.

Trapping license

Required of anyone, except residents age 65 or older, 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 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.

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

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 GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by calling toll-free 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356). This enables hunters to obtain immediate license privileges. Handling fees will apply on all Internet and telephone sales. License sales are nonrefundable.

License and permit exemptions

Exemptions from hunting licenses, Florida waterfowl permits, deer permits, turkey permits, management area permits, archery season permits, crossbow season permits, muzzleloading gun season 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.
  • Florida residents possessing Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Licenses. Applications for this license 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).

Licenses and Permits

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Resident Hunting Licenses

Annual

5-Year

Gold Sportsman’s License
Includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Deer, Management Area, Archery Season, Muzzleloading Gun Season, Crossbow Season, 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, Management Area, Archery Season, Muzzleloading Gun Season, Crossbow Season, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl permits.

$80.50

Resident 64 or Older Sportsman’s License
Includes Freshwater Fishing and Hunting licenses; and Deer, Management Area, Archery Season, Muzzleloading Gun Season, Crossbow Season, Turkey, and Florida Waterfowl permits.

$13.50

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

Hunting/Freshwater Fishing Combination

$32.50

Hunting/Freshwater/Saltwater Fishing Combination

$48.00

Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting/Fishing License
Includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Deer, Management Area, Archery Season, Muzzleloading Gun Season, Crossbow Season, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits. Applications for this license are available at MyFWC.com/ADA.

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

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, Management Area, Archery Season, Muzzleloading Gun Season, Crossbow Season, 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, Management Area, Archery Season, Muzzleloading Gun Season, Crossbow Season, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl permits.

4 years or younger

$201.50

5–12 years

$351.50

13 years and older

$501.50