Furbearer Hunting Regulations and Falconry

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 Not a Mobile-Enabled Link, FWC regional offices and some county tax collectors’ offices.

Furbearer trapping regulations

  • Bobcat and otter may be trapped statewide Dec. 1 – March 1. No limits
  • Raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, skunk and nutria may be trapped statewide year round. No limits.
  • Minks, Everglades minks, weasels and round-tailed muskrats cannot be taken or possessed.

License requirements

A trapping license ($26.50) is required:

  • When taking or attempting to take furbearing animals using live traps or snares.
  • To sell the pelts or meat of furbearing animals to licensed fur dealers, whether taken by trap, snare or gun.

Methods of take

Furbearers may be taken with guns (including air guns), live traps, snares (including power snares) and recorded game calls. Live traps and snares must be checked every 24 hours.


The use of steel leg-hold traps, dog-proof raccoon traps and body-grip (conibear) traps is prohibited, except when permitted by FWC. It is illegal to transport wild-trapped raccoons within, into or from the state, except by FWC permit or authorization.

Closed season on fox

Trapping or shooting foxes is prohibited, but foxes may be chased with dogs year round. Foxes or untanned fox pelts may not be possessed, except by permit from FWC. A permit is not required to have a road-killed fox mounted by a taxidermist.

Commercial furbearer requirements

One must possess a fur dealer’s license ($100.00) to buy or sell meat or fur from furbearing mammals for commercial purposes, or to solicit business by mail or advertising.

CITES tag requirements

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 pelts of bobcat or otter across state lines. The possession of pelts of bobcat and otter is prohibited during the period of April 1 to Nov. 30 unless pelts have been tagged. Tags are distributed to trappers and dealers upon request. To obtain CITES tags, call FWC at 850-488-5878. Fur dealers are held accountable for disposition of tags and are required to return unused tags by April 15.


Wildlife management area regulations can differ.


Species2017-2018 Season DatesBag/Possession limit
 Quail Oct. 1 - March 31  2/4
 Gray Squirrel Oct. 1 - March 31  12/24
 Rabbit   Year round   12/24
Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove

Sept. 23 - Oct. 23

Nov. 11 - Dec. 4
Dec. 12 - Feb. 1

Rail (Sora, King, Clapper, Virginia) Sept. 1 - Dec. 16   3/9*
Common Moorhen  Sept. 1 - Dec. 14  3/9*
Snipe Nov. 1 - Feb. 15  3/9*
Woodcock  Nov. 24 - March 10   3/9*
Canada Goose Sept. 2 - 24
Nov. 18 - 26
Dec. 1 - Jan. 30
Ducks, Light Geese (Snow, Blue and Ross'), Coot  Sept. 16-24
Nov. 3-12
Nov. 18-26
Dec. 9 - Jan. 28
Feb. 5 - March 2

*The daily bag limit for all migratory game bird species is three, singly or in the aggregate

For more information on falconry regulations, contact the FWC's Waterfowl and Small Game Program at 850-488-5878


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