Hunting in Florida
Florida has approximately 130 different wildlife management areas (WMA's) that provide public hunting opportunities on over five and a half million acres of land. Each of these WMA's has a specific hunting brochure containing the regulations summary and an area map. Before hunting one these WMA's, you must first acquire the brochure for that area and read the specific regulations. A list of all WMA's and their brochures are listed at MyFWC.com/hunting.
Federal rules regulating migratory bird seasons and bag limits are not established before the Florida Hunting Regulations are printed. Only proposed season dates for dove and duck season are listed on the FWC's website. Dove season and early duck hunting opportunities are finalized in late August. The normal duck season dates are approved in late September. Migratory bird hunters should verify the final season dates by viewing the updates at MyFWC.com/hunting.
Florida Hunting Regulations, as well as specific wildlife management area brochures, and migratory bird seasons and limits are available from FWC regional offices, county tax collectors' offices, license agents or on-line at MyFWC.com/hunting.
All responsible hunters are should be concerned about obeying all the hunting laws and regulations. People who violate the law are stealing from you. If you suspect a wildlife violation, report it to the FWC's Wildlife Alert Reward Program: 888-404-FWCC (3922). Cell phone users can reach us at *FWC or #FWC, depending on your service provider. If your information results in an arrest, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Poor hunting behavior is the number one reason non-hunters oppose hunting. By reading, understanding and obeying hunting laws, responsible hunters help protect the natural resource, people, property and their privilege to hunt.