Migratory birds and waterfowl

A migratory bird permit is a free federal permit required to take migratory birds in Florida.

It must be used in conjunction with a hunting license, Florida waterfowl permit and a Federal Duck Stamp to take waterfowl.

Only a migratory bird permit issued in Florida is valid to use in Florida. Unlike the federal duck stamp that is valid in all states, a migratory bird permit issued by FWC is only valid in this state.

Federal duck stamp

A federal duck stamp can be purchased through the FWC's Licensing System, the United States Postal Service, and anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.  

When you purchase a federal duck stamp from the FWC, you will receive a temporary 45 day stamp.  During that 45 days the federal government will mail you the pictorial duck stamp. 

Note: All federal duck stamps and permits expire on June 30, regardless of when purchased.

Dove permits



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