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Recreational license, permit information and requirements

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You may obtain most recreational hunting, fishing licenses and permits, including replacement copies, at www.fl.wildlifelicense.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, which is at least six months old, in order to obtain resident licenses or permits online or by telephone.

For purposes of hunting in Florida, “resident” is defined as anyone having lived in Florida for six continuous months prior to applying for licenses and who claims Florida as their primary residence. 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 permit: Required, in addition to a hunting license, when hunting during archery season.

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

Muzzleloading gun permit: Required, in addition to a hunting license, when hunting with a muzzleloading gun, crossbow or bow 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 and Environmental 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 permit: Required to hunt, or access for recreational purposes, some management areas during specified periods (see Limited Entry Permits).

Trapping license: Required when taking or attempting to take furbearing animals using live traps or snares.

Wild hogs on private property are not considered game animals, therefore, no license or permit is required to hunt or trap 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 2011–2012 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.

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