Get Started Hunting


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From the rolling hills of the Panhandle with its hardwood hammocks and pine forests to the cypress swamps of the Everglades, there are many hunting opportunities in Florida.

Florida has one of the largest systems of public hunting lands in the country at nearly 6 million acres. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission uses its scientific expertise to manage Florida’s wildlife resources to make sure conservation objectives are met and hunting opportunities are sustainable.

The Sunshine State also offers a diversity of species to pursue from white-tailed deer, hogs, alligators and turkeys to waterfowl, dove, bobwhite quail and small game species such as gray squirrel, rabbits and raccoons.

Getting started in hunting is easier than you may think. However, it does require preparation. You’ll need the proper license and permits, a place to hunt and training to learn how to hunt safely and responsibly.

To get you started along the path of becoming a hunter, we’re providing this convenient source of information and training opportunities. We also invite you to stay up-to-date with Florida hunting news and events by liking us on Facebook, checking out our YouTube Channel and signing up for Hunting News.

  • Hunter Safety Requirement – Anyone born after May 31, 1975, who is 16 years old or older must pass a state certified hunter safety course before they can purchase a Florida hunting license that allows them to be able to hunt unsupervised.
  • Safe Firearm Handling – Always follow the four major firearm safety rules and take the necessary actions to hunt safely.
  • Hunting License & Permits – Those between the ages of 16 and 64 are required to have a hunting license and additional permits when hunting specific species and during certain seasons in Florida. Some military personnel, those with a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License, and those hunting on their homestead are exempt from these license and permit requirements. 
  • Info for Beginning Hunters – Resource to Florida’s hunting laws, and helpful hunting tips

 



FWC Facts:
The Hunter Safety Mentoring exemption encourages experienced hunters to teach novice hunters about safety, ethics, wildlife, hunting skills and respect for Florida's outdoors.

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