Only general wildlife management area (WMA) are covered. For specific WMA regulations, obtain individual WMA brochures published annually for each area. WMA brochures are available at MyFWC.com/Hunting/WMA-Brochures , FWC regional offices and some county tax collectors’ offices.
Furbearer hunting regulations
License requirements: A trapping license is required when taking or attempting to take furbearing animals using live traps or snares. A trapping license is required to sell the fur of furbearing animals to licensed fur dealers, whether taken by trap, snare or gun. Trapping licenses are not required of residents 65 years of age or older.
Methods of taking: Furbearers may be taken with firearms, live traps or snares and recorded game calls.
Wildlife management areas: Furbearers may not be taken on WMAs unless specifically authorized by area regulations.
Closed season on fox: Trapping or shooting foxes is prohibited. Foxes may not be killed but may be chased with dogs year-round. Foxes or untanned fox pelts may not be possessed, except by permit from the FWC executive director. A permit is not required when getting a road-killed fox mounted by a taxidermist.
Prohibited: Minks, Everglades minks, weasels and roundtailed muskrats cannot be taken or possessed. Everglades minks reside in Miami-Dade, Monroe, Collier and Hendry counties.
Commercial furbearer requirements
One must possess a fur dealer’s license ($100.00) to engage in the buying or selling of meat or fur from furbearing mammals for commercial purposes, or to solicit business by mail or advertising.
Bobcat and otter pelts taken for commercial purposes must be tagged with a CITES tag. Licensed fur dealers and their agents must tag otter and bobcat pelts immediately upon receipt. CITES tags are also required when transporting any bobcat or otter across state lines. The possession of pelts of bobcat and otter is prohibited during the period of April 1 to November 30 unless pelts have been tagged.
Tags are distributed to trappers and dealers upon request. To obtain CITES tags, call the FWC Waterfowl and Small Game Management Program at 850-488-5878. Fur dealers and trappers are held accountable for disposition of tags and are required to return unused tags by April 15 annually.
Wildlife management area regulations can differ.
- Gray squirrels and quail may be taken statewide by permitted falconers
Oct. 1, 2013–March 31, 2014.
- Rabbits may be taken year-round.
Daily bag and possession limits:
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Migratory game birds may be taken and possessed by falconers only during times and within bag limits determined annually by the FWC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Migratory game bird seasons for 2013–2014 were not established at the time these regulations were published. For season dates, contact the Division of Hunting and Game Management at 850-488-4676 or visit MyFWC.com/Hunting/Regulations. Detailed rules concerning falconry permits are available from the Division of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 or call 850-488-6253.