Chapter 1 Summary
Hunting laws and Florida's hunting regulations are designed to help protect people and wildlife. Let's take a moment to review the important points of this chapter.
- Originally hunting laws were enacted to help protect wildlife from market hunting. Today, they are made to protect others, wildlife, and give a fair opportunity for all hunters to take game.
- In Florida, the Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) is the agency responsible for administrating Florida's wildlife laws and regulations.
- Laws are long-standing, while regulations are made for short-term and can be modified quickly. Hunters can find an up-to-date listing of all hunting regulations in Florida by getting a copy of the Florida Hunting Regulations, printed annually and available online.
- Florida has many state-owned Wildlife Management Areas that are open to public hunting.
- Hunters have a responsibility to obey and follow all hunting laws, rules, and regulations. The number one reason non-hunters are opposed to hunting is because of poor hunter behavior.
- There are certain age restrictions regarding handling of a loaded firearm in Florida. No one under the age of 16 may possess a loaded firearm unless legally hunting AND under the supervision of an adult. Those between 16 and 18 may only possess a loaded firearm if they are engaged in legal hunting activities.