General Information

A Lake Woodruff Archery Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order for the permit holder and one youth under the age of 16 to participate in some archery hunts for deer and hog on Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge.  These are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hunts issued by FWC.  If you have questions about the refuge's rules and regulations or would like further information on the hunts, please vist Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge (www.fws.gov/lakewoodruff External Website).  Click the Application Worksheet link at the bottom of the page for specific hunt dates.

  • Cost: $0.00 to apply, $16.00 per permit.
  • Requirements: You must be at least 16 years old and have completed a certified hunter safety class in order to apply.  In addition to the Lake Woodruff Archery Permit, you must have a free Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Permit.   This free permit is available for download at the US Fish and Wildlife Service website External Website.  By signing this permit, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the refuge regulations.  Each hunter is required to keep a signed hunt permit in their possession while hunting.  You must also have a picture ID with you while using your permit.
  • Issuance Method: Lake Woodruff NWR Archery permits are issued by random drawing during Phase I. Once the drawing is conducted, successful applicants must purchase their permits by the specified deadline.  Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis in Phase II. In the Phase I random drawing, applicants are selected based on their preference points. Applicants with the highest number of Lake Woodruff Archery preference points are selected before those with less Lake Woodruff Archery preference points.
  • Exemptions: There are no exemptions; you must have a Lake Woodruff NWR Archery permit or be a youth under the age of 16 with a permit holder to participate in these hunts.
  • Restrictions: You may submit one Lake Woodruff NWR Archery application and receive one Lake Woodruff NWR Archery permit in Phase I. Successful applicants must purchase their permit by the deadline, or it will be forfeited and sold in Phase II. Youth under the age of 16 do not need a permit, but must be accompanied by a permitted adult who is at least 18 years old. 
  • Group Applications: Group applications are NOT available for this permit type. Each permit allows the permit holder and one youth under the age of 16 to hunt.
  • Preference Points: If you apply during Phase I and are unsuccessful, you will be awarded one Lake Woodruff Archery preference point for next year (even if you get issued a permit in Phase II). Preference points are cumulative and you will receive one additional Lake Woodruff Archery preference point each year you apply in Phase I and are unsuccessful. If you apply during Phase I next year, and are drawn for a Lake Woodruff Archery permit, your Lake Woodruff Archery preference points will be reset to zero, even if you fail to purchase your permit by the deadline. No preference points are awarded if you fail to apply in Phase I. If you fail to apply during Phase I for two consecutive years, your preference points will be reset to zero.
  • Transferability: Lake Woodruff NWR Archery permits are NOT transferable
  • Guest Permits: Guest permits are NOT available for this permit type. Each permit allows the permit holder and one youth under the age of 16 to hunt.  
  • Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within about two weeks after the end of the application period. If you are successful in the Phase I drawing, you must purchase your permit by the specified deadline.  Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis in Phase II. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non-blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.
  • Reprints: You can reprint lost or destroyed non-transferable Lake Woodruff NWR Archery permits online at no cost or at a license agent or tax collector office for about $2.50. Receipts, temporary license numbers, and printed copies of Internet pages may not be used as a Lake Woodruff NWR Archery permit.
  • How to Apply: You can apply online External Website on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or complete the Application Worksheet (click "Application Worksheet" at bottom of page) and present it to any license agent or tax collector office External Website. Children and residents who do not hold a Florida drivers license or Florida ID must apply as non-residents to use the online system.
  • How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I random drawing, you can pay for and print your permit online External Website or at a license agent or tax collector office External WebsitePermits issued in Phase I will be available in the system for printing online, by a license agent or tax collector until the permit purchasing deadline. Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and issued in Phase II. In Phase II (First-Come, First-Served Leftovers) you are immediately awarded your permit, and the license agent or tax collector will immediately print your permit. If applying online in Phase II, you can immediately print or save your permit. The permit will remain available online until the last day of your hunt.  If you choose to pay for your permit online, be sure you have access to a printer and to disable your browser’s pop-up blocker, so that you can print or save your permit directly from the website. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non-blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.

Application Dates and Worksheet



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