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Wildlife management area permit requirements

  • To hunt on wildlife management areas (WMAs), you must possess a management area permit and a hunting license, unless exempt. A management area permit is not required to hunt on Eglin, Avon Park and Tyndall military bases, Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area and Kissimmee River Public Use Area and Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area.
  • Limited entry/quota permits are required on WMAs during certain time periods.
  • Permits for ADA accommodations are available under certain conditions for some WMAs. Visit MyFWC.com/ADA for more information.

Wildlife management area regulation changes

  • Hunters should obtain WMA brochures for the area in which they intend to hunt. The latest rule changes are notated by bold print in these brochures. WMA brochures are available at MyFWC.com/Hunting, FWC regional offices and at some county tax collectors’ offices.

Public small-game hunting areas

These small-game public hunting areas offer the opportunity to hunt hogs, doves, waterfowl and small game. WMA brochures are available at MyFWC.com/Hunting or an FWC regional office .

Hunting Florida’s military bases

Three military bases in Florida are open to public hunting. For information on hunting these lands, contact:

  • Eglin Natural Resources, Jackson Guard, 107 Hwy. 85 North, Niceville, FL 32578; 850-882-4164.
  • Avon Park Air Force Range, Hunt Information, 347 RQW, DET1, OLA/CEVN, 29 South Blvd., Avon Park Air Force Range, FL 33825-5700; 863-452-4254.
  • Tyndall Air Force Base, Natural Resources Flight, 325 CES/CEN, 119 Alabama Ave., Tyndall Air Force Base, FL 32403; 850-283- 2641 or 850-283-2822.

Hunting Florida’s national wildlife refuges (NWR)

Eight national wildlife refuges in Florida are open to public hunting. These refuges are operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunting permits for some of these areas are issued by the FWC (see National Wildlife Refuge hunts on this same page).

  • Chassahowitzka NWR, 1502 Southeast Kings Bay Dr., Crystal River, FL 34429; 352-563-2088.
  • Ten Thousand Islands NWR, 12085 State Road 29 South, Immokalee FL 34142; 239-657-8001.
  • A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437-4796; 561-732-3684. Waterfowl only.
  • Lower Suwannee NWR, 16450 NW 31st Place, Chiefland, FL 32626; 352-493-0238.
  • Lake Woodruff NWR, P.O. Box 488, DeLeon Springs, FL 32130; 386-985-4673.
  • Merritt Island NWR, P.O. Box 6504, Titusville, FL 32782; 321-861-0667, Waterfowl only.
  • St. Marks NWR, P.O. Box 68, St. Marks, FL 32355; 850-925-6121.
  • St. Vincent NWR, P.O. Box 447, Apalachicola, FL 32329; 850-653-8808.

Limited entry/ quota permits

Reference individual WMA brochures to determine if or when a limited entry permit is required. To apply for limited entry/quota permits, you will need to read the permit specific information on FWC’s website and complete the correct application worksheet. You may find the permit specific information and worksheets at MyFWC.com/Hunting under “Limited Entry/ Quota Hunts.” FWC issues a variety of limited entry permits throughout the year to hunt species such as alligator, dove, quail, deer, waterfowl, hog and turkey and to camp on Green Swamp WMA.

Alligator

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.

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 gun hunts
  • Merritt Island waterfowl and archery hunts
  • St. Marks archery, general gun, spring turkey and mobility-impaired hunts
  • Lower Suwannee archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, family, wild hog, small game, waterfowl, raccoon/opossum, youth spring turkey and spring turkey 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 MyFWC.com/Hunting (under “Limited Entry Hunts”) for a complete list of details for each of these quota permit types:

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

* Guest permits are available for this permit type. For more specific information and worksheets, go to MyFWC.com/Hunting 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

$206

Grove Park WMA

Alachua County

$475

Gulf Hammock WMA

Levy County

$275