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Furbearer Regulations

Seasons, dates and bag limits do not apply to wildlife management areas.

Furbearer regulations

  • Bobcat and otter may be trapped statewide Dec. 1 – March 1. No bag limits.
  • Raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, skunk and nutria may be trapped statewide year round. No bag limits.
  • Minks, Everglades minks, weasels and round-tailed muskrats cannot be taken or possessed.

License requirements

A furbearer trapping license ($26.50) is required:

  • When taking or attempting to take furbearing animals using traps or snares.
  • To sell the pelts to licensed fur dealers or meat of furbearing animals, whether taken by trap, snare or gun.

Methods of take

Furbearers may be taken with guns (including air guns), live traps, snares (including power snares) and recorded game calls. Live traps and snares must be checked every 24 hours. Hunting raccoons or opossums at night is allowed, but only .22-caliber rimfire firearms (other than .22-magnums) or single-shot .410-gauge shotguns (using shot not larger than size 6) may be used.


The use of steel leg-hold traps, dog-proof raccoon traps and body-grip (conibear) traps is prohibited, except when permitted by FWC. It is illegal to transport wild-trapped live raccoons within, into or from the state, except by FWC permit or authorization. Hunting raccoons or opossums by displaying or using lights from moving vehicles, vessels or animals is prohibited.


The intentional placement of feed or garbage in a manner that is likely to create or creates a public nuisance by attracting foxes, coyotes or raccoons is prohibited.

Closed season on fox

Trapping or shooting foxes is prohibited, but foxes may be chased with dogs year round.

Commercial furbearer requirements

One must possess a fur dealer’s license ($100.00) to buy or sell meat or pelts from furbearing mammals for commercial purposes, or to solicit business by mail or advertising.

CITES tag requirements

Bobcat and otter pelts taken for commercial purposes must be tagged with a CITES tag. Licensed fur dealers and their agents must tag otter and bobcat pelts immediately upon receipt. CITES tags are also required when transporting pelts of bobcat or otter across state lines. The possession of pelts of bobcat and otter is prohibited during the period of April 1 to Nov. 30 unless pelts have been tagged. Tags are distributed to trappers and dealers upon request. To obtain CITES tags, call FWC at 850-488-5878. Fur dealers are held accountable for disposition of tags and are required to return unused tags by April 15.


Wildlife management area regulations can differ.


Season Dates

Bag/Possession Limit


Oct. 1 – March 31


Gray Squirrel

Oct. 1 – March 31



Year round


Extended Falconry - Migratory Game Birds*

Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove

Feb. 1 – 17


Rail (Sora, King, Clapper, Virginia)

Nov. 10 – Dec. 16

Common Gallinule (moorhen)

Nov. 10 – Dec. 13


Nov. 24 – Dec. 17

Feb. 1 – March 9

Ducks, Light Geese (Snow, Blue and Ross'), Coot

Nov. 3 – 12

Feb. 5 – 29