Types of Florida Hunting Licenses and Permits

    Before you head out into an open field, a marsh, or the Everglades, it’s important to know that you need a recreational hunting license or permit. Each permit and license is specifically made based on the type of hunting and activities you plan. Whether you’re hunting deer in North Florida or catching fish in South Florida, it’s important that you have the appropriate documentation. 

    If not, you could face serious consequences, including facing up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. You will also be prohibited from getting a hunting license for three years. To avoid getting your hunting privileges taken or ending up in jail, here are the many different types of Florida hunting licenses and permits.

    Do I Need a Hunting License or Permit?

    Whether you’re a Florida resident or visiting from another state or country, you must possess a Florida hunting, freshwater, or saltwater fishing license when engaging in fishing and hunting activities. As stated before, if you don’t acquire a permit, you could face punishable actions, including a large fine and a few nights in jail.

    You must have a license, even casting a line or catching and releasing. If you’re helping or assisting someone in hunting, you must have a license—passively participating also requires a license and the appropriate permits.

    Who Is Exempt?

    A few individuals are exempt from recreational hunting and fishing licenses. These individuals include:

    • Those hunting wild hog on private land
    • Children under 16 years of age
    • Florida residents over the age of 65
    • Those who are fishing or hunting on your or your family’s homestead
    • Florida residents who are members of the Armed Forces (who aren’t stationed in Florida or leave in 30 days or less)
    • Individuals that are filming or observing someone else who’s hunting
    • Individuals that have a Blanket Hunt Preserve License
    • Disabled veterans, active or reserve duty military service members, and their immediate family

    To see if you’re exempt from freshwater and saltwater fishing and furbearer trapping, check out the FWC website.

    Different Types of Hunting Permits and Licenses

    When you’re planning your Florida hunting trip, it’s essential that you know the many different types of Florida hunting licenses and permits required. Below is a full list of permits the FWC offers hunters and fishers.

    Hunting Licenses

    • Hunting License
    • Hunting and Fishing Combination License
    • Sportsman’s License
    • Silver Sportsman’s 64+ License
    • Gold Sportsman License
    • Military Gold Sportsman’s License
    • Youth Hunting License

    Hunting Permits

    • Archery Season Permit
    • Crossbow Season Permit
    • Management Area Permit
    • Muzzleloading Gun Season Permit
    • Deer Hunting Permit
    • Federal Duck Stamp
    • Florida Waterflow Permit
    • Migratory Bird Permit
    • Turkey Hunting Permit

    Furbearer Trapping License

    While furbearer trapping licenses are not required for wild hogs, they are necessary for the following:

    • Racoons
    • Opossums
    • Beavers
    • Bobcats
    • Otters
    • Coyotes
    • Skunks

    Recreational License and Permit Requirements

    Anyone under 48 must complete a hunter safety course to buy a hunting license and permit in Florida. You must have a valid driver’s license or ID card to obtain any licenses or permits as a resident of Florida.

    You can acquire these licenses and permits from your local tax collector’s office or go to GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. However, at Woods to Waters, you won’t have to worry about obtaining a permit or license if you want to go iguana or wild boar hunting in Florida. Contact us for an unforgettable experience.


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