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 (see page 5) and at some county tax collectors’ offices.
Public small-game hunting areas
Hunting Florida’s military bases
Three military bases in Florida are open to public hunting. For information on hunting these lands, contact:
Hunting Florida’s national wildlife refuges (NWR)
Six 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 page 42).
Limited entry permits
Florida’s limited entry 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 permits, you will need to read the permit specific information on FWC’s website and complete the correct application worksheet. Information 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 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 at www.fl.wildlifelicense.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 (See Limited entry permits – application periods on page 42).
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 (see Florida is the alligator hunting capital of the world on page 41).
Dove: Dove hunting opportunities are in high demand but often hard to find. The FWC has created some exceptional dove hunting opportunities throughout the state. The friendly, social atmosphere surrounding dove hunts makes for the perfect setting for friends and family to hunt together.