Gulf Islands National Seashore is a National Park Service (NPS) property that stretches 160 miles from Cat Island in Mississippi to the eastern tip of Santa Rosa Island in Florida. Waterfowl hunting is allowed in two areas; the Perdido Key Hunt Area and the Santa Rosa Hunt Area .
If you plan to duck hunt in either of these areas, please be sure to read the information contained on the Gulf Islands National Seashore Website . A Waterfowl Hunting Management Plan is currently being finalized by the NPS and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
New Waterfowl Hunt Permit requirement
Beginning with the 2011-12 waterfowl season, hunters must obtain, sign and carry on your person while hunting, an annual Gulf Islands National Seashore Waterfowl Hunting Permit. For an application and more information visit the Gulf Islands National Seashore Waterfowl Hunting Webpage . The permit is issued free of charge by the Chief Ranger and required for all hunters (including youth under 16 and those over 65).
To apply, submit the required permit information online, or in person at the Visitor Center at 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Florida, 32563. Permits will be issued Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm only.
After your hunt: As a requirement of the NPS waterfowl hunting permit, each hunter is required to file a "Waterfowl Hunt and Harvest Report Form" with information from each hunt including the date, unit hunted, number and species of waterfowl harvested. Please report hunts during which no harvest occurred, - report zeros. Reports should be submitted individually for each member of a hunting party, but may be submitted or mailed together.