Bird Regulations

Resident game birds, mammals and migratory birds

  • Resident game birds—quail and wild turkeys
  • Resident game mammals—deer, gray squirrels, rabbits and bears
  • Furbearers—bobcats, otters, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, beavers, skunks
    and nutrias
  • Migratory game birds—ducks, geese, common moorhens, coots, snipe, rails,
    woodcocks, mourning doves and whitewinged doves
  • Fox squirrels, Key deer and Florida panthers cannot be taken or pursued.

Waterfowl and other migratory game bird regulations

2016-2017 Florida Migratory Bird Hunting Season Dates and Bag Limits

Seasons and dates may not apply to wildlife management areas.

Species/seasonSeason datesDaily bag limitPossession limit
Crow * Aug. 13 - Oct. 30 (Sat. & Sun. only) No limit No limit
Nov. 11 - Feb. 18
Rail (King and clapper) Sept. 1 - Nov. 9 15 45
Rail (Sora and Virginia) Sept. 1 - Nov. 9 25 75
Common moorhen Sept. 1 - Nov. 9 15 45
Canada goose (W) Sept. 3 - 25  5 15
Nov. 19 - 27 
Dec. 1 - Jan. 30 
Duck (W) Sept. 17 - 21 (teal and wood duck only) 6 (of which only 2 can be wood ducks) 3 times the daily bag
Sept. 22 - 25 (teal only) 6 18
Nov. 19 - 27  6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (of which only 2 can be females), 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 pintails, 2 scaup, 2 canvasbacks, 1 black duck, 1 mottled duck (Florida duck) and 1 fulvous whistling-duck  3 times the daily bag
Dec. 10 - Jan. 29
Dove (mourning and white-winged) Sept. 24 - Oct. 24 ** 15 45
Nov. 12 - Dec. 5
Dec. 12 - Jan. 15
Snipe Nov. 1 - Feb. 15 8 24
Coot Nov. 19 - 27  15 45
Dec. 10 - Jan. 29
Light geese (Snow, blue and Ross') (W) Nov. 19 - 27  15 No limit
Dec. 10 - Jan. 29
Merganser (W) Nov. 19 - 27  5 (of which only 2 may be hooded) 3 times the daily bag
Dec. 10 - Jan. 29
Woodcock Dec. 18 - Jan. 31 3 9
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days Feb. 4 - 5 *** ***

Must have migratory bird permit (no cost) as well as hunting license to hunt all above listed species, except crow.

Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise until sunset, unless otherwise noted

Taking or attempting to take harlequin ducks, brant and purple gallinule is prohibited.

(W) - Must have $5 Florida waterfowl permit and $25 Federal duck stamp in addition to hunting license and migratory bird permit when hunting waterfowl.

*     - Shooting hours is one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. No hunting license or permit is required.

**   - Shooting hours is noon until sunset.

*** - Only youth 15-years-old and younger are allowed to hunt ducks, light geese, Canada geese, mergansers, coots and common moorhens, while supervised by a non-hunting adult 18-years-old or older. Bag and possession limits for each species are listed in the above table.

Limited hunting days:

In Leon County and on Lake Miccosukee, waterfowl hunting is permitted only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the Regular Duck Season (Nov. 19-27 and Dec. 10 - Jan. 29) and on Nov. 24 and 25, Dec. 26, and Jan. 2 and 16. However, Lake Talquin and the Ochlockonee River are open to hunting every day during the Regular Duck Season. During open seasons, hunting ducks, geese and coots is permitted only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the state waters of the Gulf of Mexico in Hernando County north of Raccoon Point and east of Saddle Key as designated by posted signs.

Special regulations for Leon County and Lake Miccosukee:

Boat motor restrictions - During Regular Duck Season (Nov. 19-27 and Dec. 10 - Jan. 29), the use of internal combustion engines is prohibited on Lake Iamonia (except as authorized by permit from the Executive Director) and Carr Lake. The use of internal combustion engines of more than 10 horsepower on Lake Miccosukee is also prohibited during these dates. However, internal combustion motors and airboats may be used on these lakes during the September Duck Season and during Youth Waterfowl Days.

Duck blinds - It is illegal to hunt from or within 30 yards of a permanent duck blind on Lake Miccosukee, and lakes Iamonia, Jackson and Carr. The use of temporary duck blinds, including those made with vegetation, that are removed at the end of each hunt is allowed.


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