Released Quail

Background Information

Northern bobwhite may be released and taken by shotgun only on the following areas and dates, provided each individual or group possesses a daily released quail permit and proof (including the name and address of the vendor and date of purchase) that the birds were purchased within the past 90 days from a game farm licensed by the Commission or another state. 


How do I get my permit?

Daily quail release permits are available free of charge at External Website. Once logged in, click on the "Purchase a License" link to find the permit under the "Hunting Permits" section. Please note that the permit will only show up if you already possess, or placed in your shopping cart, a hunting license.  



Be sure to only choose dates that are listed below when obtaining your permit.

Area-specific restrictions may apply. Refer to area brochures for details.




2017-2018 Dates

Apalachicola River WEA

Nov. 11 - March 4

Aucilla WMA

Jan. 1 - March 4

Caravelle Ranch WMA

Nov. 23 - Jan. 7 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays only)

Dinner Island WMA

Oct. 16 - Feb. 18

Hilochee WMA

Jan. 5 - Jan. 21

J.W. Corbett WMA

Jan. 2 - Feb. 18

L. Kirk Edwards WEA

(West of Chaires Cross Rd) Nov. 11 - March 4

(East of Chaires Cross Rd) Nov. 11-22, 27-29, Dec. 4-13, and Dec. 18 – March 4

Salt Lake WMA

Dec. 8-10, 15-17, Jan. 5-7, 12-14, 26-28, Feb. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25

Watermelon Pond WMA

Nov. 18 – Dec. 3, Dec. 16 - Jan. 7


Want to know how many released quail permits and number of people hunting under those permits have been issued for a particular date?  See our recreational license report to find out.

FWC Facts:
Recreational licenses and permits are sold at county tax collectors' offices – and at retailers that sell hunting or fishing equipment, online and by phone.

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