Introduction to Florida Hunting Laws and Regulations

This guide serves to inform about Florida hunting laws and regulations but should not be considered the definitive source. The ultimate authority is the Wildlife Code of the State of Florida, specifically Division Number 68A within the Florida Administrative Code, accessible at www.flrules.org. While the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) carefully ensures the guide's accuracy, it does not bear responsibility for discrepancies between this publication and the official Florida Administrative Code. For any legal inquiries or clarifications about hunting laws and regulations, please reach out to an FWC regional office. The guidelines provided herein are applicable from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024, marking the annual validity of this publication.

Definitions of Game and Related Wildlife Categories in Florida

In the context of Florida hunting regulations, "Game" includes resident game birds, game mammals, and migratory game birds. Specifically:

  • Resident Game Birds: These are species that permanently reside in Florida, such as quail and wild turkey.
  • Game Mammals: This category covers animals such as deer, gray squirrel, rabbit, and black bear that are commonly pursued in hunting.
  • Migratory Game Birds: These birds travel to and from Florida, and include species like ducks; snow geese (inclusive of blue variants), Ross' and Canada geese; common gallinule (also known as moorhen); coot; snipe; rail; woodcock; and both mourning and white-winged dove.

The term "Non-migratory game" refers to resident game birds and game mammals, which do not leave the region seasonally.

"Furbearers" represents a separate category of wildlife, comprising species like bobcat, otter, raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, skunk, and nutria. These animals are primarily hunted or trapped for their fur.

Bear Management Information

For information specifically related to bear management, this handbook does not include the details. Instead, those interested should visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's dedicated bear management page at MyFWC.com/Bear for comprehensive resources and guidelines.

Non-Discrimination Statement and Contact Information

The FWC benefits from the financial aid provided by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which strictly prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. If you encounter discrimination within any program, activity, or facility, or if you seek additional information regarding these matters, direct your inquiries to:

FWC, Office of Human Resources 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399 Phone: 850-488-6411

Alternatively, you can reach out to the DOI at:

Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Civil Rights Dept. of the Interior, 1849 C St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20240

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