- To hunt on wildlife management areas, you must possess a management area permit and a hunting license, unless exempt (see License and permit exemptions). 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. Persons possessing firearms on Osceola, Ocala or Apalachicola WMAs for the exclusive purpose of shooting at an FWC-authorized shooting range are exempt from needing management area permits.
- Limited entry/quota permits are required on wildlife management areas during certain time periods (see Limited entry/quota permits below.)
- Permits for ADA accommodations are available under certain conditions for some wildlife management areas. 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 Public Hunting.)
- Chassahowitzka NWR, 1502 Southeast Kings Bay Dr., Crystal River, FL 34429; 352-563-2088.
- Ten Thousand Islands NWR, 3860 Tollgate Blvd., Suite 300, Naples, FL 34114; 239-353-8442.
- A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437-4796; 561-732-3684.
- 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
Florida’s limited entry/quota permits prevent overcrowding and control the harvest of game on public hunting areas thus providing hunters with quality hunting experiences. The maximum number of permits available on public hunting areas is based on an area’s size, habitat, game populations and rules. 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. Information pages and application worksheets contain important information about when, where, and how to apply as well as the hunt numbers, dates and quotas. You may find the permit specific information and worksheets at MyFWC.com/Hunting under “Limited Entry/Quota Hunts.”
If you choose to have a tax collector or license agent submit your application for you, you will need to give your completed application worksheet to the clerk. If you choose to submit your application online at License.MyFWC.com, the completed application worksheet will help you answer questions that will be asked during the application process.
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.