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These limited permits allow the harvest of alligators on specific public water bodies or within specific counties. Each permit authorizes the take of two alligators on a specific harvest unit (see Florida is the alligator hunting capital of the world on Alligator Hunting Adventure).

Green Swamp camping

Camping permits are available for the archery, general gun, small game, hog, spring turkey, and fish and frog seasons on designated sites within the Green Swamp WMA.

National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) hunts

These are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hunt permits issued by FWC. For more information on NWR hunting opportunities, contact the local NWR office (see Hunting Florida’s national wildlife refuges on this same page).

  • Lake Woodruff archery and muzzleloading hunts
  • Merritt Island waterfowl hunts
  • St. Marks archery, general gun, and mobility-impaired hunts
  • St. Vincent Island Sambar and white-tail deer hunts

Quota permits

Quota permits are a specific sub-type of limited entry permits that have their own unique set of rules and regulations on how to apply. Be sure to check the permit specific information and application worksheets at (under “Limited Entry Hunts”) for a complete list of details for each of these quota permit types:

  • Airboat
  • Archery*
  • General gun*
  • Family
  • Mobility impaired*
  • Muzzleloading*
  • Quail
  • Spring turkey*
  • Track
  • Wild hog*
  • Youth
  • Youth spring turkey

* Guest permits are available for this permit type. For more specific information and worksheets, go to under “Limited Entry/ Quota Hunts.

Recreational use permits

Recreational use permits are designed to provide more revenue to private landowners in the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) System. These permits include a management area permit that may be used when hunting other public lands not in the recreational use program. Recreational use permits are only valid on the area designated on the permit and may not be used on other recreational use program areas.

The three recreational use areas and their annual permit fees are:

Flint Rock WMA

Jefferson and Wakulla counties


Grove Park WMA

Alachua County


Gulf Hammock WMA

Levy County


Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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